Connecting Change-Makers: The Role of Higher Education in Movement Building

On May 24th, DU Grand Challenges hosted the final forum of this academic year, The Role of Higher Education in Movement Building. It was an incredible event featuring speakers from two different projects. Meg Sagaria-Barritt, Integration Partnerships Coordinator for the Colorado Refugee Services Program, and Amina Bouayad, Masters in Higher Education Student, have been working … Continue reading Connecting Change-Makers: The Role of Higher Education in Movement Building

Bridging Learning and Doing: Evaluating for the Greater Good

By: Erin Haseley, Graduate Student, Research Methods and Statistics; Robyn Thomas Pitts, Assistant Professor, Evaluation & Mixed Methods Research The Research Methods and Statistics (RMS) program in the Morgridge College of Education (MCE) prepares students to “use data as a tool for promoting…the public good.” In a series of community-engaged courses on evaluation research taught … Continue reading Bridging Learning and Doing: Evaluating for the Greater Good

Bridging Learning and Doing: Community Forum on Race, Racism, and Buddhism

By: Benjamin Nourse, Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies "This is like a pop-up sangha" one participant declared during the course of the community forum on Race, Racism, and Buddhism. The Sanskrit term she used, sangha, is used popularly by many Buddhists in the US to talk about community. The community that had come together … Continue reading Bridging Learning and Doing: Community Forum on Race, Racism, and Buddhism

Tackling Grand Challenges: Home State Politics

By: Rachel Goodman, Graduate Student, International Studies; Suraj Thapa, Graduate Student, Global Economic Affairs Do you know who your senators are? If you do, give yourself a pat on the back. If you don’t, don’t feel too bad. Many Americans don’t know the answer to this question. Luckily, thanks to the power of Google, you … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Home State Politics

Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Reflections From a Senior Puksta Scholar

By: Margarita Soltero, Undergraduate Student, Biological Sciences Hello everyone! My name is Margarita, but I also go by Maggie. I am a first-generation Latina student majoring in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology. For my Puksta Project I wanted to create better access for young Latina and African American women to receive accurate sex … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Reflections From a Senior Puksta Scholar

Connecting Change-Makers: Community-Engaged Scholarship to End Gender Violence

On April 14th, DU Grand Challenges hosted the Community-Engaged Scholarship to End Gender Violence Forum. The forum featured lightning talks by three inspiring speakers. They were Anne DePrince, Distinguished Professor in theDepartment of Psychology and Director of CCESL, Ashley Simpson, a 3rd-year Biochemistry student and Founder of Sonriendo Pa’lante, and Sterling Harris, Chief Deputy Director … Continue reading Connecting Change-Makers: Community-Engaged Scholarship to End Gender Violence

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