Tackling Grand Challenges: Building Knowledge of Social Innovations Through Field Expertise

By: Jennifer Wilson, PhD Student, Graduate School of Social Work In 2017 I was introduced to Beloved Community Village, Denver’s first tiny home village providing an alternative sheltering solution for those experiencing homelessness. As a PhD student at the Graduate School of Social Work, I had been working at the Center for Housing and Homelessness … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Building Knowledge of Social Innovations Through Field Expertise

Amplifying University-Community Voices: Collective Impact and Migration

By: Lisa Martinez, Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology; Arianna Nowakowski, Assistant Professor, University College, Co-Leads of the DU Grand Challenges Collective Impact Migration Cohort For over two years, the DU Grand Challenges Migration Cohort has been working towards their mission of improving the daily lives of migrants and refugees in the Denver metro area. … Continue reading Amplifying University-Community Voices: Collective Impact and Migration

Tackling Grand Challenges: Creating a Sustainable Partnership Through Sustainable Actions

By: Haley Paez, Undergraduate Student, Psychology & Journalism During the 2019-2020 academic year, I was fortunate to be able to continue my community engagement for a second year with the help of DU Grand Challenges and an Advancing Community-Engaged (ACE) Student Scholarship Grant. In 2019, I began a nutrition education project with the Denver Rescue … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Creating a Sustainable Partnership Through Sustainable Actions

Connecting Change-Makers: Centering Antiracism in Community-University Partnerships Forum

On January 20th, DU Grand Challenges hosted the Centering Antiracism in Community-University Partnerships Forum. The forum featured lightning talks by four members of the Farmworker Advocacy Project. The speakers were Kasey Neiss, Data Activist and Systems Manager for Frontline Farming; Alejandro Cerón, Associate Professor in the Anthropology department; Gabrielle Hyde, 4th Year Student, majoring in … Continue reading Connecting Change-Makers: Centering Antiracism in Community-University Partnerships Forum

Investing in Discovery: NSF Civic Innovation Challenge Planning Grant

How can communities undo redlining and reimagine mobility investments to equitably build community health and wealth? DU Grand Challenges Urban Sustainability Cohort members have teamed up with a diverse group of Denver regional partners to answer this question. Together, the group hopes to co-design and pilot an accessible, resilient, multi-modal mobility system to support community-rooted … Continue reading Investing in Discovery: NSF Civic Innovation Challenge Planning Grant

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