Programs & Events

The Department of Health Promotion at the Health & Counseling Center offers an assortment of programs and events designed to improve the health and well-being of the DU community. Expand items in the list below to learn more.

  • Thriving on Your 21st Birthday
    thriving on your 21st birthday

    For those that choose to drink, turning 21 often includes new challenges such as drinking for the first time, drinking in new and unfamiliar environments, and being faced with pressure to consume more than they may have in the past. By teaming up with local businesses, the Department of Health Promotion has created a free 21st Birthday coupon book and informational session designed to provide students with a toolkit for a safer and more enjoyable celebration!

    We believe this initiative is important because we want students who choose to go out on their 21st birthday and celebrate with alcohol or cannabis to do so safely. We know that eating food while using substances is a good harm reduction strategy. Additionally, we want to provide students with fun activities to participate in on their 21st birthday that can serve as an alternative to using substances.

    21st Birthday coupon books include free or reduced-price deals from local businesses to use on the week of your 21st birthday. The coupons will be given to each student, along with a ten-minute educational session about alcohol and cannabis with a Thrive Peer Educator, when they register to pick up their coupon book within a week of turning 21.

    Students must come themselves on or before their 21st birthday.


    Community Partners

    • Anthony’s Pizza & Pasta – Evans Ave. location
    • Ben & Jerrys – Evans Ave. location
    • Chipotle Mexican Grill
    • Istanbul Café & Bakery – Evans Ave. location
    • Sexy Pizza – Pearl St. location
    • Which Wich Superior Sandwiches – Colorado Blvd. location

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Do I need to register to pick-up a coupon book?

    • Yes, CrimsonConnect registration is required. Please bring your DU ID to verify your registration when you meet with us. Please cancel your registration if you can no longer attend an educational session so someone else can register.


    Do you require proof of birth date?

    • We recognize that requiring a proof of birth date means exclusion to people who do not have identification or are undocumented, so we will not require ID verification for this program. We welcome all people with all statuses to participate this program as long as you are a current student and register in CrimsonConnect. That said, please bring your DU ID card with you to confirm your registration.


    I'm not on campus or in Denver this quarter. Can you mail me the coupons?

    • Unfortunately, no, we cannot mail coupon books. Also, the coupons are for local Denver businesses so if you're not in the DU area the week of your birthday, you won't be able to redeem them.


    When do the coupons expire?

    • Coupons are valid within a week of a person's 21st birthday. All community partners have the right to ask for state ID and/or refuse service at any given time.


    Can my friend pick up the coupons for me?

    • No. We cannot allow friends to pick up the coupon books for others. The person turning 21 must be the one participating in the program and picking up the coupon book themselves. If the available pick-up times don't work for your schedule, please email to schedule an appointment.


    My birthday is during a school break. Can I still participate in this program?

    • Yes. During break times, please contact the Department of Health Promotion at for adjusted times when the program will be offered.


    My local business is interested in being a part of this program. Whom do I contact?

    • Great! Please contact the Department of Health Promotion at 303-871-7791 or to get set up with our program.
  • Mental Health Awareness Week
    mental health awareness week

    Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) at DU is an annual event designed to raise awareness of mental health issues and resources and decrease stigma related to mental health. The week is in conjunction with national Mental Health Month in May, which aims to eradicate mental health stigma across the nation and increase accessibility to mental health resources. The Department of Health Promotion works with campus and community partners during this week to provide educational programming and outreach for students, as well as the greater DU community.

    For questions about the next Mental Health Awareness Week, please email

  • Moments of Mindfulness
    moments of mindfulness

    Brought to you by the Department of Health Promotion's Thrive Peer Educators, Moments of Mindfulness provides a variety of regularly scheduled mindfulness activities for students. The goal of the program is to encourage students to practice self-care, reduce stress, and connect with others through activities like arts and crafts, yoga, and more.

    Check out our Instagram @ThriveAtDU or check us out on Crimson Connect to learn about upcoming in-person and virtual events and how to get engaged!

    Have questions? Email

  • Peer Support Groups
    peer support groups flyer

    Students often face mental health challenges and high levels of stress during their time in college. We know this is also true at DU: in a recent study, 70% of DU students reported feeling overwhelming anxiety at some point in the prior 12 months (NCHA, Spring 2019). Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health issues are increasing due to uncertainty, constantly adapting, or lack of social connections and isolation. According to an Active Minds survey from April 2020, 1 in 5 college students reported that their mental health significantly worsened under COVID-19. Also, a 2020 Healthy Minds Network survey shared that 60% of college students indicated that the pandemic has made it more difficult to access mental health care. We also repeatedly hear anecdotes from students about experiencing barriers to access mental health support, or how they might only be looking for a space to process with others who are going through similar situations, as opposed to seeking clinical services.

    The Department of Health Promotion, in collaboration with the Thrive Peer Educators, provides free, student-led, peer-to-peer support programs to regularly offer students, both undergraduate and graduate, opportunities for connection and processing in a supportive environment. There is significant research on peer-to-peer support outreach both benefitting the supported and the supporter, which in turn benefits the community.

    The peer support groups are led by trained peer facilitators. Peer facilitators do not treat or give advice but take on the role of empathizing and listening to their peers. They also help designate the discussion topics for each biweekly group meeting.

    Please check Crimson Connect for registration information. For questions or more information, please contact

    Note: Peer support group members are encouraged to make a biweekly commitment to attend the support group for the entire quarter. Everyone's weekly attendance promotes feelings of safety and trust amongst the group. It is also expected that peer support group members will stay for the entirety of each session, barring extreme circumstances.

  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Relationship and dating abuse impact many college students and fall under the umbrella of "domestic violence" or "DV." October is DV Awareness Month, where we raise awareness and build relationship skills.

    We'll have a series of events available by the end of September! For questions or more information, please contact

  • Love + Sex + Health Week
    love sex health week

    Love + Sex + Health Week is held in February around Valentine's Day. Designed to be collaborative and multidisciplinary, Love + Sex + Health Week promotes healthy sex and sexuality. In partnership with a number of campus and Denver community organizations, the week is filled with giveaways, educational workshops, and a lot of fun! A full calendar of events will be posted in January.

  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month
    sexual assault awareness month

    Each year, the University of Denver recognizes Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) during the month of April by hosting a number of awareness and education events for the DU community. SAAM is a national campaign observed every April to raise awareness about consent and sexual assault.

    Join us this year as we host a series of events, both virtual and in person, including educational workshops, survivor support spaces, and our annual "Take Back the Night" program, as well as a series of events to recognize Denim Day — an international day to draw attention to sexual violence and show support for survivors.

    You can learn more about Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the history of SAAM campaigns from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and by checking out this video created by one of the confidential advocates in CAPE!


    2022 SAAM Events

    Monthlong: The Clothesline Project
    Anderson Academic Commons Atrium

    The Clothesline Project is a display of T-shirts expressing the thoughts and feelings of those impacted by sexual assault. The display is a testimony to survivors. Please note that these shirts contain sensitive details and personal designs from DU community members. Please exercise discretion if posting to social media.

    Month-long: Weekly Tabling in the Community Commons
    Community Commons Central Canyon and the Bridge

    Drop in each week for a new tabling topic, ranging from consent education, sexual health, dating in the digital age, identifying red flags, and much more!

    Check Crimson Connect for dates, times, and topics. Email with any questions. Brought to you by Thrive Health Promotion.

    Month-long: Social Media Campaign on @ThriveatDU

    Did you know that Thrive Health Promotion has an Instagram?! Follow as at @ThriveatDU and stay up to date with our upcoming events, helpful reminders, and of course great content on all of our topics. Featured during April, we will be sharing consent education, ways to support survivors, and how you and others can prevent sexual violence. Give-aways, polls, and quizzes will be shared. Give us a follow!

    Monday, April 6: Culture of Respect Team Plenary Lunch

    In 2019, DU signed on the NASPA Culture of Respect initiative, a two-year cohort program to embed and enhance our campus’s efforts to prevent and address gender-based violence. Since then, a team of 16 DU staff, faculty, and students have worked together to bring this program to success. This lunch is the midway point of our efforts, and will solidify our action plan moving forward.

    The Culture of Respect initiative is co-led by Dr. Andrea (Andy) Thyrring, Coordinator of GV Prevention and Education, and Molly Hooker, Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

    Thursday, April 7: Using Social Media Activism to Inform Power Conscious Prevention of Campus Sexual Violence

    Students have turned to social media to share their experiences with sexual violence. As a result, campuses are finding accounts that describe instances of perpetration in their community. Instead of just reacting to these accounts, could they be used to inform community change? In this presentation to the NASPA’s nation-wide members, Dr. Thyrring will share how they used a power-conscious approach to create a comprehensive prevention curriculum to address sexual violence.

    This presentation will be delivered by Dr. Andrea (Andy) Thyrring for NASPA cohort members. If you are interested in learning more about this work or would like to request a similar workshop, please email

    Tuesday, April 12, 7-8:30PM: Trauma Informed Yoga and Body Map Coloring
    Community Commons 2600

    Trauma has a deep and long-lasting effect, from chemical and anatomical changes in the brain, to changes in our body’s physiological systems, to the subjective impact on the experience of a survivor... Treatment for trauma must consider the person as a whole and address the broad-ranging effects of trauma on an individual. This needs to be done through an equal measure of patience, compassion, and gentleness. If we are to help people recover from the insidious violation of their humanity that is trauma, we must be able to offer a varied array of tools to aid in this task.” - Bessel A. Van Der Kolk, MD

    Join us for trauma-informed evening of engaging with the body. We will begin by doing an exercise called body map coloring, where we use coloring and reflection to practice mindfulness. We will then engage in a short yoga and movement practice. Some light refreshments will be provided. Please plan to bring your mat and other props you may need.

    This yoga class is open to members of the DU community who identify as a survivor of gender violence, as well as their friends, family, and loved ones. Register for the event on Crimson Connect or email if you are not an undergraduate student. Brought to you by Thrive Health Promotion and Do Better DU.

    Wednesday, April 13: Support a Survivor Workshop for Sturm College of Law

    Learn about the effects of trauma and how you can support someone who has experienced sexual violence. This workshop is open to current students, staff, and faculty in Sturm College of Law.

    Please email with any questions. Brought to you by Thrive Health Promotion, Sturm College of Law, and the Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment (CAPE).

    Wednesday, April 13, 5-6 PM: Virtual Workshop, Why Violence Against Women Isn’t a Women’s Issue
    Virtual Workshop

    Join us in attending a virtual workshop facilitated by EndTAB, a national organization committed to ending abuse. This workshop will help uncover how gender-based violence is not just a women’s issue, and how people of all genders can get engaged to end gender-based violence.

    Register for the event on Crimson Connect or email if you are not an undergraduate student. Brought to you by Thrive Health Promotion.

    Tuesday, April 19, 6-7:30PM: Take Back the Night
    Community Commons Grand Forum

    We know that many survivors want to find solidarity in sharing their story, but are not comfortable with sharing in front of a group. In recognition of this, we are providing community space where supportive DU members can read anonymous experiences that are submitted by DU survivors. We also invite survivors to share their own experience, if they wish.

    Through holding space for survivors’ stories, we can build solidarity and a culture of support. Following the reading, we will have a closing-in-solidarity message. We will close the evening with a brief reflection and moment of silence.

    Please reach out to Do Better DU via their Instagram platform for more information about sharing your story. Register for the event on Crimson Connect or email if you are not an undergraduate student. Brought to you by Do Better DU and Thrive Health Promotion.

    Wednesday, April 20, 12-1PM: What Happens During a Title IX Report? Lunch and Learn
    Community Commons 2600

    Have you ever wondered how a Title IX report goes? Do you have questions about mandatory reporting or what happens when you disclose to a responsible employee? Join the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX for a lunch and learn to dive into what happens during a Title IX report. Lunch will be provided for community members.

    This event is for all all DU community members. Register for the event on Crimson Connect or email if you are not an undergraduate student. Brought to you by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX and Thrive Health Promotion.

    Wednesday, April 27th, 8-9:30AM: Denim Day Coffee and Buttons
    Beans Coffee

    Wear your jeans in support of survivors! We will be passing out buttons to folks wearing denim in support of survivors on Denim Day. Beans will be providing free drip coffee to people wearing jeans, and we will have info about how you can support prevention and education programs here on campus.

    This event for is all DU community members. Register for the event on Crimson Connect or email if you are not an undergraduate student. Brought to you by Beans and Thrive Health Promotion.

    Wednesday, April 27th, 11AM-1PM: Denim Day Consent Fair
    Community Commons Grand Forum

    Join us for DU’s annual Consent Fair! With over 12 community partners, we will be showcasing resources, research, and survivor support. Play games, color, and have some tea. Once you visit each of the tables, you can receive your own “I <3 Consent” t shirt!

    This event is for all DU community members. Register for the event on Crimson Connect or email if you are not an undergraduate student. Brought to you by Thrive Health Promotion and DU campus partners.

    Wednesday, April 27th, 1-3PM: Support a Survivor and Recovery Ally Training
    Anderson Academic Commons 340

    This collaborative workshop will focus on building skills to support Survivors of gender based violence as well as train on how to effectively support folks in Recovery from Substance Use Disorder. With the intersectionality of these two identities, this workshop meets a need to increase skills of students, staff, and faculty in honor of Alcohol Awareness Month, National Collegiate Recovery Day, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

    Register for the event on Crimson Connect or email with any questions. Brought to you by the Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment (CAPE) and the Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC).

    Thursday, April 28th (time and location pending): Open Unpacking Gender Violence (RSO Requirement)

    Have you ever wondered why gender violence (GV) is a thing? Let’s unpack gender violence and understand how we can prevent harm from happening. This workshop meets the requirements for the RSO Ongoing Harm Reduction Workshop.

    This event is open to all DU community members, and is made to fulfill the USG requirement. Register for the event on Crimson Connect. Brought to you by Thrive Health Promotion.

    Friday, April 29, 5-7PM: Queering Consent with Shanae Adams
    Location pending

    Curious about exploring beyond the vanilla? Want to learn how to make consent sexy? Come break the taboo and ask the questions you’ve been curious about. Leave feeling more empowered to safely and consensually explore.
    This two-hour interactive workshop will feature activities to support students in exploring sex from an intersectional lens including:
    LGBTQ+ relationships
    An Intro to BDSM/Kink
    Take-aways to explore and play later

    Register for the event on Crimson Connect or email if you are not an undergraduate student. Brought to you by the Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment (CAPE), Thrive Health Promotion, the Cultural Center, and the Graduate School of Social Work.

    Questions, email

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  • Prevention & Education Requirements

    Ongoing education is the best way to help students learn new skills and create a cultural change toward the eradication of gender violence on college campuses. As a result, the Health & Counseling Center has partnered with different campus units to support multi-dose and multiplatform programs to help students build their skills and expertise. You can learn more about each of our programs below.

    We also know that some students coming to DU have already, in some way, been impacted by gender violence. If completing any of the requirements or discussing these topics could be activating for you, we invite you to do what you need in order to take care of yourself.

    If you are unable to complete the Gender Violence Prevention & Education program requirements due to personal experience with gender violence, please contact You do not need to disclose your experience, but can indicate that you would like to be exempt for personal reasons. One of the confidential advocates from CAPE will reach out to you with resources and information.

    Pre-Orientation Online Module

    Before they come to campus, students are required to complete "Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates," an online module created by Everfi. Topics include consent, power dynamics, student values, prohibited conduct, and how to appropriate respond to potentially risky situations. More information is provided as part of the enrollment and summer pre-Discoveries Orientation process.

    Discoveries Orientation

    As part of Discoveries Orientation, students will have the opportunity to review content covered in Everfi ("Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates") and to explore their own views and beliefs about college life. Topics covered include alcohol use, consent, sexual health, relationships, and active bystander skills.

    Intervene: DU – Active Bystander Workshop

    In 2017, the Undergraduate Student Government passed a resolution institutionalizing a requirement that all incoming first-year students are required to complete active bystander training by week six of winter quarter each academic year. The Department of Health Promotion is supporting this student led initiative by providing the Intervene: DU active bystander workshop. This is facilitated by trained peer educators.

    Intervene: DU workshops are offered multiple times per week during fall and winter quarters at different times to accommodate student schedules. This fall quarter, all workshops will be held virtually via Zoom. Visit the Health Promotion page in Crimson Connect to sign up!

    RSO Ongoing Harm Prevention Workshop Requirement

    As part of the 2017 Undergraduate Student Government resolution, in order to receive funding, a Registered Student Organization (RSO) must annually select a workshop from one for four content areas and ensure that their organization leadership as well as at least 75% of their membership completes that program. To support this requirement, both the Departments of Health Promotion and Inclusion & Equity Education will provide the content for the programs.

    The workshops cover specific content areas: alcohol use, mental health, diversity and inclusion, and gender-based violence. You will be able to request a training beginning Sept 14. Each year, your organization can select a different program, though no penalty will result if you select the same program two years in a row.

    You will have until May 30th to complete and track attendance of the program. This requirement is an important step in creating a safe and inclusive DU community. Thank you for supporting this goal!

    Requirement FAQs

    How do you track attendance for Intervene: DU and/or the RSO Requirement workshops?

    Once your request for a workshop has been approved and confirmed, you'll be invited to co-host an event in Crimson Connect. Invite your members to that event, and ensure that they register.

    At the event, the facilitators of the workshop will check in attendees at the beginning of the workshop. Attendees must arrive on time in order to be checked in. At the end of the workshop, the facilitators will check-out the attendees who have attended the entire training. If attendees have registered for the event, checked in, and checked out, they will receive a badge in Crimson Connect indicating their completion of their requirement.

    How do you know if 75% of my organization has completed the requirement?

    Using the badges assigned to members who have successfully completed the workshop, you will be able to calculate if 75% of your organization membership (in addition to the leaders) have completed the requirement. Student organization members who have been exempted from the workshop requirement for personal reasons will not count against the 75% attendance requirement.

    Once you believe you have met the 75%, reach out to to confirm.

    What if a member of my organization finds the content to be activating for personal reasons?

    We understand that some of the topics covered in the training may be particularly difficult to discuss for personal reasons. If completing the gender-based violence workshop may be activating, please email to talk to a confidential advocate about alternatives for the requirements. For concerns about the alcohol-based workshop or the suicide prevention workshop, please email

    One of the members of my organization says they have been exempted from a training, or otherwise says they can't go. What do I do?

    If a member of your organization says they have been exempted from the workshop requirement, it is important that you not force them to disclose the reason why. The Office of Student Engagement will be tracking exemptions and will ensure they do not count against your 75% attendance requirement.

    If they are unable to attend for reasons related to personal experience or activation, please refer to them to either (for the gender-based violence workshop) or (for the alcohol and suicide prevention workshops) to explore exemption and support options.

    If they are unable to attend due to a schedule conflict, or simply do not want to go, this is not a valid exemption reason. They can attend an open training (these will be posted in Crimson Connect), or other members can attend to meet the 75% attendance requirement in their place.

    My organization has values or beliefs that may conflict with some of the workshop topics. Do we still have to complete the workshop?

    The four workshop options for the RSO requirement meet essential public health needs for the DU community. Completing a workshop is required annually for all registered student organizations (RSOs) in order to receive funding. In support of our different student organizations, each of the workshops can be tailored while still maintaining the essential content. When you fill out the workshop request form, be sure to indicate your needs or preferences in the appropriate question box.

    If you have questions, or would like to talk to a staff person about a workshop, you can reach out to us by email. For suicide prevention, alcohol skills, and gender-based violence workshops, email For the microaggressions and bias workshop, email

    Remember, you must submit your requests for the workshop at least two weeks in advance of the facilitation date you request. If you would like the facilitator to work with you on the content of the workshop, we suggest submitting your request at least three weeks in advance.

    What if members of my organization have already completed a workshop for the RSO requirement this year? Will they need to attend another one?

    If members of your organization are members of another or multiple student organizations, and they attend an RSO requirement-approved workshop with their other organization(s), they do not have to attend additional trainings for each organization they belong to. You should confirm their attendance and completion of the other workshop to ensure compliance.