In 1983, the national HERS office moved from the University of Pennsylvania to the University of Denver. In 2007, under the leadership of President and Executive Director, Dr. Judith S. White, the HERS Denver Summer Institute was launched.
Located on the picturesque University of Denver campus – the oldest, private university in the Rocky Mountain region – the HERS Institute at the University of Denver is an intensive, two-week residential program at which participants gain the knowledge, skills, and perspectives needed for advancing as leaders across all institutional types.
2018 HERS Institute at the University of Denver
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Accommodations & Meals
HERS Institute at the University of Denver participants reside in Nagel Hall, one of the campus’ newest residence halls built in 2008. Each participant has a single room within a suite; with a shared bathroom. Amenities are typical of a college residence hall and rooms include a twin-size bed, desk, chair, lamp, and a bookshelf. The rooms are also appointed with a microwave and refrigerator. Bed linens, towels, one pillow and one blanket will be supplied. Bed linens are refreshed once a week and fresh towels are available. Please see the suggested packing list with recommendations by HERS Denver Alumnae.
Breakfasts are served in nearby Nelson Hall, with all other meals served in the buildings where sessions occur. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served during the week; we offer a few free nights for participants to eat dinner on their own or with new friends and colleagues. We recess Friday afternoon and reconvene on Sunday. This allows you to explore the vibrant Denver area, which is only a 10 minute light rail ride away. Food allergies and other meal accommodations are available and addressed prior to participants’ arrival at the Institute.
Coin laundry facilities are available and are located on the first floor of Nagel Hall.
Residence Hall Policies:
- HERS does not pay for participants’ accommodations for early arrivals or late departures.
- There are no facilities for spouses or partners, families, guests, or pets.
- The University of Denver is a 100 percent smoke-free campus, meaning the use of smoking products is prohibited on all university owned and operated campus grounds both indoors and outdoors.
Transportation & Parking
Whether participants are commuting to the Denver, CO area via car, light rail, bus or plane, please CLICK HERE for detailed information.
If participants commute via car, parking is available on the University of Denver campus for a fee of $40. Many participants who fly into Denver International Airport (DIA) share transportation to the campus. Further instructions are provided to participants prior to the start of the Institute on organizing ride sharing.
Most participants bring laptops and/or tablets to the Institute. Wireless Internet access is available on the University of Denver campus as well as in the residence hall. Login instructions will be distributed upon arrival at the Institute. Prior to arrival on campus, please make sure that your device is configured for wireless access.
HERS respectfully requests that all cell phones be silenced during Institute sessions and activities.
The HERS Institute at the University of Denver is a two-week, concentrated immersion curriculum presented during June or July. Once accepted, preliminary schedules are distributed to the respective cohort that details the days’ classes, assigned readings, faculty, and activities.
Generally, dress is informal during the Institute; however, please bring business or business casual attire for the opening/closing events and the group photo. We encourage participants to be comfortable and mindful of the fluctuations in weather regarding dress.
Local Information & Recreation
The gateway to the Rocky Mountain region, Denver is a vibrant city with world-class restaurants, shopping, and activities. Downtown Denver is easily accessed by light rail from the station located on the north end of campus.
For more information on Denver and the surrounding neighborhoods, CLICK HERE.
During their stay on the DU campus, participants have complimentary access to the Coors Fitness Center. Many participants also take advantage of walking trails at Washington Park, which is approximately 1.5 miles from the north side of campus.
"The experience was truly transformative and I am realizing that more each day as I return to campus and see things with different eyes."
“It is certainly a life-changing experience. I was already quite engaged on my campus and off, but HERS has made me aware of my potential for further advancement.”