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Saving money doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your social life! Take advantage of free events and activities on campus this month ranging from game nights to movie nights and Inclusive Rec events.

Join the CSI Book Club

Through April  TBD


The Center for Student Involvement is offering a variety of book clubs this month! This month’s books are: 

  • April 8, 22: Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
  • April 7, 21: Motivating the Middle by TJ Sullivan
  • April 7, 21: Safe Spaces, Brave Spaces: Diversity and Free Expression in Education by John Palfrey

Each participant will receive a free book, then engage in virtual discussions with members of the book club. Space is limited, and sign up is first-come, first-served, so be sure to reserve your spot today!

Career workshops and events

 Through April  Virtual


Need help with your job or internship search? Career Services offers weekly workshops for tips on job searching, résumés and more! Get helpful info and a chance to ask our career advisors your specific questions. This month’s workshops include:

  • How to Find an Internship
  • How to Get Noticed: Resumes and Cover Letters
  • You’re Hired! The Job Market for Your A&S Degree
  • CMCI Industry News and Trends
  • How to Use Handshake and VMock Effectively
  • Networking: The Basics and Beyond
  • Job Search Collaboration with Students
  • How to Gain Experience and Build Skills without a Job

Think about it Thursdays

 Thursdays all month  1–2 p.m.  Zoom


Come join your fellow Buffs every Thursday to stay in the know. This month’s topics include how to manage stress, get better sleep, have meaningful conversations and more. Be sure to register in advance to reserve your spot.

Eco-Social Solutions webinar series

 April 1, 15  5–6 p.m. Zoom


Learn about strategies and ideas that advance climate action, food security, social justice and sustainability on a local level. You’ll gain valuable insights into community approaches and leadership, as well as knowledge of core topics in sustainability and social justice. Register for details and Zoom access.

Basketball Shoot Around

 Fridays all month 3–6 p.m.  Rec Center 


Grab a buddy and come shoot some hoops at the Rec Center! Only three people will be allowed per basket. You’ll have your own ball, but bring your own if you can. Be sure to register in advance to reserve your spot. 

Zero Waste DIY Live

 Fridays all month  5–5: 30 p.m. Instagram Live


Join the Zero Waste Outreach Team on their Instagram page for a live zero waste DIY life hack that you can add to your daily habits to reduce your environmental impact. This month’s hacks include making your own hand sanitizer, reusing old clothes for other purposes, making candles and more. Don’t forget to follow @cuzerowaste on Instagram and tune in for this event.

Community Game Nights

 Fridays all month  6: 15 p.m.  Zoom


Community Game Nights are your chance to join your fellow CU students, along with students from other campuses across the nation, in a variety of fun and engaging games—all played on Zoom! Upcoming game nights include trivia, bingo and more. You’ll also have the chance to be the “Buff Winner” of the week and receive a CU prize package valued at $50! Register for Community Game Nights.

Program Council Film Series

 Fridays all month  8 p.m.  Chem 140


Bring your popcorn, grab a friend and come watch a movie! Check out this month’s screening and be sure to arrive 30 minutes early for your spot.

  • Clueless, April 2
  • Ex Machina, April 9
  • E.T., April 16
  • Carrie (2013), April 23
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, April 30

Feel Good Fridays

 Fridays all month  12: 15–12: 45 p.m. Virtual


Take a 30-minute break every Friday and participate in mindfulness activities. These guided meditations can undo stress, soothe the nervous system and help you feel relaxed and revitalized. All are welcome, and there is no need for past experience with meditation. Registration is required.

The Langston Hughes Project

April 2–16  Virtual


Join this multimedia concert of Langston Hughes’ kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite, Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz, an homage to the struggle for artistic and social freedom in the 1960s. This concert links Hughes’ poetry and music to topical images of Ask Your Mama’s people, places, events and the works of visual artists with whom Hughes collaborated.

CU Climate Justice Workshop: Skill Up for Climate Action

 April 2  12–2 p.m.  Zoom


This workshop will explore Principles of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, intersections between climate and social justice movements, how to identify and address white supremacy culture and inequity in sustainability and climate advocacy efforts. Discussion following will focus on strategies for how CU Boulder can take bold action for climate justice and next steps for students to lead planning efforts.

Free Friday Power Hour

 April 2, 9, 16, 23  5–6 p.m.  Rec Center


Come get your body moving before the weekend and join the Rec Center’s Free Friday Power Hour fitness classes. This month’s workouts include cycle, hip-hop groove and more. Don’t forget to register to save your spot.

Buffs After Dark

 April 3, 10  7 p.m.  In person and Zoom


Come join a weekend evening of fun activities with Buffs After Dark, from experiencing a fun cycling class to Drag Queen Bingo. Bring a friend and register in advance to reserve your spot!

Mindful Mondays

 Mondays all month  2–4 p.m.  North UMC dining area and Zoom


Start your Mondays strong with engaging mindfulness activities. This month’s events include mindful celebrations and navigating change.

Graduate Student Appreciation Week

April 5–9 Various times In person and virtual


Are you a graduate student? The Division of Student Affairs and The Graduate School invite all graduate students to celebrate Graduate Student Appreciation Week. Enjoy free access to drop-in activities at The Rec, free breakfast days, bingo night and more! Plus, HungryBuffs is offering 10% off all orders for graduate students.

Basic Bike Maintenance

 April 5, 21  3–6 p.m.  UMC Bike Station


Do you know how to change your bike’s tire? How about how to change your brakes? Stop by the UMC Bike Station to learn about bike anatomy, basic tools and the essential maintenance your bike needs to keep rolling! Remember to wear a face covering and maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others.

SKOServe: Volunteer in Disasters

 April 6  5–6 p.m. Virtual


What factors should be considered when volunteering in times of disaster? What is considered helpful volunteering versus harmful volunteering? Join the Volunteer Resource Center and the Office of Emergency Management for this unique training that examines how you can volunteer and be most effective in understanding and responding to community needs during disasters.

Buff Talk: Entrepreneurship

 April 6  5: 30–6: 30 p.m.  Zoom


Hear from a panel of entrepreneurs about the steps they took to get into their chosen field and industry.

Make-n-Take events

 April 6, 13  4 p.m.  Varies


Get the chance to meet new Buffs while you participate in crafts with Make-n-Take events. Upcoming events include mug decorating. Space is limited to the first 30 students who show up, so be sure to come early!

Conversations with Sustainable Buffs: Lifestyles of the Ecologically Rich

 April 6, 13, 20  4: 30 p.m. Virtual


Join this panel led by Peer Mentor Dominique Rowell and the Environmental Center for a conversation about climate change. Further your knowledge on the topic and learn how to make the world a better place through your expertise and care for the world.

Wellness Wednesdays

 Wednesdays all month  2–4 p.m.  North UMC dining area and Zoom


This free weekly program provides a space to engage in self-care activities, learn about campus resources and build community. This month’s activities include how to navigate change in uncertainty, preparing for your future and learning how to apply self-care methods. 

Just in Time Career & Internship Fair

 April 7  11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Virtual


Whether you’re looking for a job after graduation or an internship for the summer, don’t miss the final career fair of the year! Meet employers from every industry and get ahead on your job search. The fair is open to all students and alumni from all majors, experience levels and backgrounds. Register on Handshake to attend this free event.

Health Huts

 April 7  Noon  North UMC dining area and Zoom


This program brings health and wellness activities to students every week. This month’s activities include learning techniques to manage stress.

Eco-Careers Conference

 April 7–8  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Virtual


Design the green career of your dreams by attending NWF’s Virtual EcoCareers Conference 2021. This year’s conference will spotlight panels for launching a career in environmental and social justice, climate resilience and green infrastructure, journalism and more. Conference registration fees are waived for CU Boulder students, faculty and staff. Sign up here. 

Inclusive Rec events

April 7, 18 Rec Center


This month’s Inclusive Rec events include:

  • April 7: International Student Cruiser Bike Ride
  • April 18: Mat Pilates for People with Mobility Challenges

Space is limited, and registration is required for Inclusive Rec events.

Ralphie’s Cooking Basics

 April 7, 21  5: 30 p.m. Virtual


Ask a friend to join you in making delicious Asian-inspired dishes! Learn how to make a Szechuan noodle bowl and Asian asparagus stir fry with the Center for Student Involvement. Participants will be able to pick up a food kit and cook with fellow Buffs in a virtual setting. Vegetarian options will be available for all classes. Learn more about Ralphie’s Cooking Basics.

DSCC Dialogues

 April 7, 27  5 p.m.  Zoom


The Dennis Small Cultural Center’s discussion-based program series DSCC Dialogues was created to provide a safe space to have discussion around identity, community and world events. This month’s events include Anti-Asian Racism in times of COVID and celebrating finals with goodie bags.

Grad Student Bingo

 April 8  5 p.m. Virtual


Graduate students: Join the Center for Student Involvement for this Grad Student Connections virtual bingo event. Win prizes from some of our favorite stores! Space is limited to the first 30 students, so register today.

Guided Paint Class

 April 8  6: 30 p.m. Virtual


Engage with other Buffs and learn how to paint a tree of life through this guided paint class with the Center for Student Involvement (CSI). All supplies are included and can be picked up on campus. Space is limited to the first 50 students, so be sure to register early to reserve your spot!

DIY Nights: Soap making and diamond painting

 April 12, 26  6 p.m.  Zoom


Come meet new Buffs and get your craft on while you join the Center for Student Involvement for DIY Night! You can pick up the materials for a craft, then tune in to watch and create your own soap and diamond painting. Space is limited, so be sure to register in advance for these fun events. 

Pre-Law Tuesday Talks

 April 13, 20, 27  5: 30 p.m.  Zoom


Whether you want to pursue a career in law or are simply curious about the field, join these weekly talks from lawyers, law schools and judges across the country about their experience. Be sure to register on Handshake to reserve your spot. 

Buff Meet-Ups: Volunteer Buffs

 April 14  6–7 p.m. Virtual


Connect with folks in a virtual setting who enjoy volunteering, and learn about getting involved with community service in the greater Boulder area this spring semester. Register for the event here.

Grad Panel: Education-adjacent Careers

 April 15  9–10 a.m. Virtual


Grad students: Join this virtual Q&A session with successful and talented alumni who are at a variety of career stages. Learn about their experiences in the world of work with current and recent grads at CU Boulder. Register on Handshake to attend this event.

Science Under the Dome

 April 15  7 p.m.  YouTube


Join astrophysics doctoral student James Negus for his talk “A Crowded Orbit: The Co-Evolution of Satellites and Space Junk.” He will explore our planet’s “orbital graveyard”—tracing the evolution of human spacecraft and instrumentation, delving into its waste products, and exploring sustainable paths forward.

Campus Sustainability Summit

 April 22  12–2 p.m. Virtual


Come join the Campus Sustainability Summit (CSS) to learn more about and contribute to the latest innovative developments in the legacy of sustainability at CU Boulder. Join the CU Environmental Center and campus partners to take part in conversations about academics, operations and other sustainability initiatives. Don’t forget to register!

You’re Graduating – What’s Next?

 April 26  11 a.m to noon  Zoom


Have you been focusing solely on your time in college and are wondering what you do now? Get a better understanding of what you might want to do after graduation, what your priorities are and how to set yourself up for success. Register on Zoom to reserve your spot. 

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