What to Preserve As we help DU evolve in the future, what features and characteristics should we be sure to preserve? In other words, what are the core traits that should continue to define us? Challenges March 17, 2015 Improving DU Hayden Johnson The “pioneering” and entrepreneurial spirit of DU students is a core characteristic that should never be lost. Our students are forward-thinking, resilient, and innovative, and I think the entire university community should continue to be very intentional about including those traits in the DU experience. Erica Chenoweth The university’s emphasis on the public good is a key trait that must be maintained and enhanced in the coming decades.