Tackling Grand Challenges: A Look at the Year Ahead

DU Grand Challenges harnesses the multidisciplinary expertise of faculty, staff, students, and communities to build a shared agenda for collaborative action on important public problems.

In its first year, DU Grand Challenges focused on building aspirations for collaborative action to improve daily living. From Forums to Scholars Grants and A Community Table, last year’s programming engaged and amplified the voices of hundreds of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members.

This year, DU Grand Challenges will work on two fronts. First, we will launch  opportunities for collaborative actions to improve daily living in our communities. Second, we will work to identify shared aspirations to increase economic opportunities in our communities.

For example:

  • Two new student opportunities are now available with generous funding from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.
    • The Advancing Community Engaged (ACE) Student Grant drives discovery. Students can apply for grants to support community-engaged research and creative work that works towards improving daily living or increasing economic opportunities in our communities.
    • DU Grand Challenges Champions galvanizes future leaders. This program offers students a faculty-mentored opportunity to connect the dots across their DU education to identify the ways that they are prepared to address complex, public problems.
  • DU Grand Challenges Forums connect change-makers. Organized around the topic of increasing economic opportunities in our communities, the Forums will create a space for diverse university and community actors to exchange ideas as we work towards identifying a common agenda to increase economic opportunities in our communities.
  • The second annual A Community Table event on April 10, 2019 will bring together small groups of people for intentional dialogue around increasing economic opportunity in our communities.

Join us on September 20th at the DU Grand Challenges Kick Off Event to learn more about opportunities for building aspirations and taking action!


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