CSU Spur has many partners — some permanent and some who are part of rotating programming – that help bring CSU Spur to life and keep programming fresh throughout the year. Check out the amazing organizations that are part of CSU Spur.
Denver Water will house its water quality lab at the CSU Spur Hydro building (opening January 2023). Currently, Denver Water performs more than 70,000 tests annually to monitor water quality in its watershed as well as its treatment and distribution systems. The new laboratory will have the capacity to conduct more than 200,000 tests each year to keep up with increasing regulatory requirements, as well as allow for more state-of-the-art equipment and more efficient workspace for technicians. Its location at Spur will provide more opportunity for Denver Water to collaborate with researchers on areas of innovation, policy, and education related to water challenges in urban, rural, and watershed environments.
Dumb Friends League
The services the Dumb Friends League provides at CSU Spur play a vital role in the organization’s mission to end pet homelessness and animal suffering. The Dumb Friends League Veterinary Hospital at CSU Spur (inside Vida) offers low-cost veterinary services and spay and neuter surgeries to pets with owners experiencing financial challenges. Additionally, the Dumb Friends League will offer humane education opportunities to inspire children and adults with lessons of compassion, respect, and proper care for animals.
North American Agricultural Advisory Network
The North American Agricultural Advisory Network (NAAAN) is an emerging formal network of stakeholders in agricultural advisory services, to be hosted at CSU Spur. The NAAAN links existing agricultural extension communities with one another and with stakeholders in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. The NAAAN connects with counterparts in other countries through its membership in the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS). The NAAAN offices out of CSU Spur Terra.
Salazar Center for North American Conservation
The Salazar Center for North American Conservation supports and advances the health and resilience of natural systems and human communities throughout North America and uses an intersectional approach to build bridges that connect academic research, community practice, and policy development. The Salazar Center was founded by former U.S. Secretary of Interior, U.S. Senator, and Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar; it will have its permanent home in the CSU Spur Hydro building.
Temple Grandin Equine Center
The Temple Grandin Equine Center’s second location of CSU’s equine-assisted services is located in the CSU Spur Vida building. Research is conducted while providing related services to individuals faced with a broad range of special challenges and disabilities. Services include physical, occupational, and speech therapy, behavioral counseling and therapy, and adaptive horsemanship activities.
Together We Grow
Together We Grow is a national industry consortium for the U.S. food and agriculture sector housed at CSU Spur. Together We Grow is building the workforce that will feed the future, with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion across a membership that includes many of the largest agribusiness interests in the U.S., academic institutions, NGOs, and governmental institutions. Together We Grow champions best practices that advance cultures of belonging, engages with members to build inclusive pipelines of talent, and elevates awareness of the dynamic, STEM-forward careers offered within the U.S. agriculture industry.
Associate Attorney, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority
Ms. Becker has dedicated her career to the Navajo Nation and its natural resources. She is currently serving as an Associate Attorney for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority. Prior to this position, she had the honor of serving as the Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources from May 2013 to January 2019, as an appointee of President Begaye and Vice-President Nez, after serving eleven (11) years as an attorney for the Navajo Nation focusing on water rights and natural resources issues. Continuing her deep interest and passion for water, she serves on the Leadership Team for the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado River Basin, as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as an appointee of Governor Lujan Grisham, and on the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, as an appointee of Speaker Damon. Ms. Becker is equally passionate about supporting artists and serves as a Trustee for the Institute of American Indian Arts and Culture (IAIA), as an appointee of President Obama. Ms. Becker is a member of the Nation and lives on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance with her husband and two school age children.