Denver Mayor Guillermo Vidal this week proclaimed April 10-16, 2011, National Student Employment Week. The University of Denver Office of Student Employment sought the proclamation to recognize the valuable contributions of student employees, on- and off-campus, and the important role of employers in education.
“We are so honored the mayor paused from his busy schedule to salute student employment. For hundreds of DU students, it is a vital part of the educational experience – providing real world experience, an alternative to student loans, and preparation for the job market,” said Joslyn Robich, Assistant Director of Student Employment at DU.
In the second week of April, DU will join universities and colleges across the nation in celebration of National Student Employment Week, an initiative launched through the National Student Employment Association. This year’s celebration at DU, “Essential Pieces,” will include various appreciation events and will culminate with an ice cream social awards ceremony at 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 13 spotlighting the University’s Student Employee of the Year. This year, 18 students, who excel in diverse positions on- and off-campus, have been nominated for the title.
This fiscal year, nearly 1,000 DU students are employed through the Federal Work-Study Program, which permits students to earn money for educational expenses through employment. More than 10 percent of those students work in community-service positions designed to improve the quality of life for Denver residents. Students who have gained off-campus employment through the Office of Student Employment’s online job board, at www.du.edu/studentemployment, care for children, serve as administrative assistants, tutor individuals, and contribute to the greater Denver area in many other ways.
According the editor of the National Student Employment Association Almanac, “Such employment reflects the democratic ideals of educational opportunity for all and emerges from the practical concept that gainful employment experiences are an essential part of learning. Through such work, students learn how to take care of themselves and develop a meaningful ethic.”
The Office of Student Employment urges the DU community to participate in Student Employment Week in April. For participation ideas and more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (303) 871-6795.