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February 12, 2021

Colorado Air National Guard Tapping into the University of Denver’s Enrichment Program for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training

Airmen join course about THE DROP, a new public media radio station from Rocky Mountain Public Media.

A new radio station is making waves—and not just sound waves—by changing how media serves the community. THE DROP, a new public media radio station from Rocky Mountain Public Media and sister station to KUVO JAZZ features staffers who are using the potent power of media to boost diversity and equality by giving voice to those who haven’t had one.

THE DROP and Rocky Mountain Public Media partnered with the University of Denver’s Enrichment Program for a four-session, non-credit course discussing community storytelling through music and culture, open dialogue, and the possibility of a brighter future for us all.

Nikki Swarn, general manager and program director of THE DROP, on-air personalities, and change agents lead the conversation on topics of social justice facing Denver and Colorado through the lenses of music, sustainability, youth movement through social media, and mental health.

Among course participants are Colorado Air National Guard troops seeking educational opportunities on diversity, equity, and inclusion. They were invited to attend the sessions free of charge to encourage a community conversation and understanding of current equality issues on the state and local level.

“We are excited to welcome members of the Colorado Air National Guard troops to this cutting-edge course, which presents difficult subjects in relatable ways,” said Enrichment Program Director Lynn Wells. “Each week students engage with an expert in a particular field and each other, sharing personal stories and experiences, and leave with a new perspective and solutions they can implement in daily life.”

The University of Denver’s Enrichment Program has been facilitating connections through the love of learning for nearly 20 years, offering an opportunity to challenge conventional thought, examine new topics, and encourage critical thinking.

With nearly 60 short courses and lectures delivered live via Zoom, you can stimulate your mind and reawaken your curiosity. Register for your courses now at

Rocky Mountain Public Media exists to strengthen the civic fabric of Colorado and is the state’s largest statewide, member-supported, multimedia organization. THE DROP, a nationwide model for public media Urban Alternative radio format, was named Best New Radio Station of 2020 by Westword Magazine. Learn more at

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