The Chicagoland Network

With close to 5,500 members, the DU Chicago Network is a vibrant and historically connected community. Whether you are an alumnus, parent, current student, or friend in the DU Chicago Network, you are an integral connection in this DU Network and there are so many ways for you to plug in to help sustain this community. Are you just moving to the Chicagoland area and want neighborhood recommendations? Have you been in the city for a while and are looking to make a career move? Or maybe you are interested in gathering with some fellow DU Chicago Network folks for a low-key, hockey watch party to cheer on the Pioneers? No matter what you are interested in, the DU Chicago Network is eager to connect with you.

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Meet Anslem Gardner

Anslem relocated to Chicago in 2017 equipped with an MBA from DU and the passion and drive to improve the lives of black and brown communities on the South and West Sides of Chicago. He has built a career around education, workforce development, and economic development-chiefly focusing on resources access and opportunity He presently works as the Vice President of Operations & Program Impact at Greater Southwest Development Corporation.  Anslem lives on the southside of Chicago with his wife and their two dogs and two cats, prioritizing building generational wealth and trying new foods around the city. Reach out to him to talk shop/strategy around community development, mentorship/experience sharing, or simply to grab a bite or drink in the Windy City. 

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Madiha pursued her two-year full-time MBA from Daniels in 2017. She has worked in technology, retail, nonprofit and insurance industries. Currently, she is working as a Project Manager at Gallagher. When she is not working, she likes to give back to her community by volunteering at various events in the Chicagoland. Reach out to her to share your DU stories, for general mentorship and to explore new places in the Midwest. 

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Annual Events

Check out some of our annual events below!

  • Hockey Watch Parties, Chicago Style
    • Join with DU fans at a watch party for the defending National Champion DU Hockey Team.
  • DU Night Out with The Cubs or White Sox
    • Annual tradition of a pregame networking reception followed by a family-friendly baseball game with the hometown Chicago teams
  • Holiday Party
    • Annual holiday tradition as DU host alumni and friends.
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Meet Brent Thompson

Meet Brent Thompson

Director of Regional Engagement

Brent helps guide strategy and execute engagement efforts of all alumni, families, parents and friends across the country and in select international networks as well as develops a programmatic portfolio for the regions in collaboration with Denver-based advancement team. Brent's goal is to create a culture of lifelong engagement and volunteerism among constituents in the regional markets and networks that builds our pipeline for campaign philanthropy and long-term engagement for the University's Global Network. 

Brent has served in a number of different roles throughout his 15-year career in higher education for the University of Oklahoma, University of Texas system and now with the University of Denver. He is also adjunct faculty for the Executive Education in Daniels. Brent has worked in several different capacities including employer relations, career development, accreditation, and alumni engagement. Brent is a proud University of Denver and University of Oklahoma graduate and his entire wardrobe is crimson!

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Meet Caiti Glasgo

Director of Development, Midwest

Caiti Glasgo joined the DU Advancement team as a Regional Director of Development in July 2022, focusing on growing philanthropic partnerships with our partners throughout the Midwest. Caiti looks forward to learning more about our alumni, parents and friends from the Midwest states in the coming months and years ahead.

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VOLUNTEER

If you want to share your time and talent in any way outside mentoring and networking, check out VolunteerDU at volunteering.du.edu This portal is a menu of volunteer opportunities and your open door to engage with the DU community. Choose from a variety of one-off and ongoing projects that are meaningful to you.  

The DU Career Network allows you to connect with DU students and alumni for mentoring and career networking. Share your expertise with those pursuing similar professional interests by joining du.firsthand.co

If you have any questions about volunteering with DU, please email alumni@du.edu.

 

CONNECT WITH CHICAGO NETWORK LEADERS

Please email anslem.gardner@gmail.com  or madiha.younus@du.edu to connect with a DU Chicagoland Network leader today!

CONNECT WITH DU STAFF LEADER

Please email brent.thompson@du.edu or caiti.glasgo@du.edu to connect.

Looking for more ways to connect with DU? Please email alumni@du.edu

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