As we start this new year, I’ve been honored to join my Colorado State University System colleagues in opening a brand new campus in the heart of downtown Denver called CSU Spur. It will not surprise you that this effort has been more than a decade in the making, a dream now realized to open a campus focused on free, public education on the topics of food, water, and health.
As a consortium focused on the future workforce, it’s been heartening to see small hands get to work in a mock vet clinic, forming minds connect to new career possibilities watching veterinarians perform surgery on dogs and cats, and youth from urban and rural communities convene to talk about our shared future. (Photo below!) You know what’s at stake, and they do, too. Campuses like CSU Spur are inspiring young people to think about how they might use that knowledge to impact their own lives and careers, and in doing so, impact the rest of the world.