Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: A Social Justice Warrior

This fall CCESL staff, Cara DiEnno & Katie Kleinhesselink, took our annual Community Organizing course online. While students didn’t have the typical opportunity to explore their collective self-interest and design and implement a small-scale organizing campaign together, they did learn about organizing principles and practices, explore local organizing movements, and complete multimedia reflections on how … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: A Social Justice Warrior

Tackling Grand Challenges: Attitudes About Sustainable Fishing in Gazi, Kenya and Mod Tah Noi, Thailand

By: Cate Daniels, Undergraduate Student, International Studies When I compiled the results of my thesis research, I ended up with a mix of exciting conclusions and a feeling of discomfort. Because of the way Americans talk about sustainability and value natural systems, it seemed like my conclusion (that one NGO had contributed more to a … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Attitudes About Sustainable Fishing in Gazi, Kenya and Mod Tah Noi, Thailand

Tackling Grand Challenges: Beyond Elections

“We have to keep showing up.” A version of this message kept coming up at Tuesday’s DU Grand Challenges Forum as more than 50 participants listened to lightning talks by Dr. Apryl Alexander, Dr. May Lin, Undergraduate Student Government Senator June Churchill, and Colorado State Representative Leslie Herod. Each of their brief lightning talks offered … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Beyond Elections

Tackling Grand Challenges: Using Privilege for Social Change

June Churchill, USG Senator, MAJOR: Physics & Astronomy Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from June’s prepared remarks delivered during the DU Grand Challenges Forum on November 10, 2020. June Churchill I was born into a rich family. My parents are multimillionaires. I grew up surrounded by mansions and golf courses next to the … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Using Privilege for Social Change

Connecting Change-Makers: Cultivating the Inherent Strengths of Young Girls

By: Lanie Cohen, Undergraduate Student, Strategic Communications & Gender and Women’s Studies My internship this past summer was for Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver (GIMD), a nonprofit organization designed to cultivate the “inherent strengths” young girls need to successfully navigate our society. This can look like education, activities, extra meals, art, mentorship, or even yoga. … Continue reading Connecting Change-Makers: Cultivating the Inherent Strengths of Young Girls

Connecting Change-Makers: ACE Grants and Scholar Shop Synergy

By: Katie Kleinhesselink, DU Grand Challenges Program Manager, CCESL There’s no doubt about it—COVID has made doing community-engaged work more difficult, especially for students who are newer to the work. After all, community engagement is all about relationships. Building relationships to advance toward research, creative work, and learning is tough when the in-person meetings and … Continue reading Connecting Change-Makers: ACE Grants and Scholar Shop Synergy

Bridging Learning and Doing: Supporting Partnerships with Immigrant and Labor Rights Organizations

By: Rebecca Galemba, Associate Professor, Korbel School of International Studies Supported by a CCESL mini-grant, my Winter 2020 Qualitative Methods course paired Korbel MA graduate students in community-based research partnerships with immigrant and labor rights organizations in the Denver area. In the course, students learn-by-doing - drawing on class readings, strong partnerships, and practical experience … Continue reading Bridging Learning and Doing: Supporting Partnerships with Immigrant and Labor Rights Organizations

Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: The Intersection Between Voting and Urban Sustainability

By: Elizabeth Walsh, Grand Challenges Cohort Program Coordinator, Urban Sustainability Cohort As Election Day draws closer, voting-eligible American citizens have the hard-won opportunity to cast our votes in service of our personal visions of the public good. In the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, the onslaught of deadly wildfires, hurricanes and extreme weather associated … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: The Intersection Between Voting and Urban Sustainability

Faculty Alert: Why Activity Insight Matters for CCESL

At CCESL, we field questions regularly about the breadth and depth of faculty community engagement. Say, how many community-engaged courses are offered at DU? Or how many scholarly products are produced with support from Public Good Funds? More often than not, we are certain that our answers dramatically under-estimate the real scope of DU faculty’s … Continue reading Faculty Alert: Why Activity Insight Matters for CCESL