STEM Mentoring with Denver High School Students

By: Sophia Kim and Kayla Nocon, Undergraduate Students, Biological Sciences Through DU’s collaboration with Westminster High School (WHS), we established a focused mentoring program with current DU STEM students and WHS senior students. A total of 33 DU undergraduates mentored 67 WHS senior students, creating a total of 21, 35-50 minute mentoring sessions that were … Continue reading STEM Mentoring with Denver High School Students

Community Engagement Luminaries

CCESL is introducing a new way for DU faculty, staff, and students to connect with other community-engaged practitioners through the Community Engagement Luminaries! Luminaries are faculty and community leaders who have experience in campus-community partnerships. They are a vibrant network of community engagement advocates who are available to support DU faculty and students through individual … Continue reading Community Engagement Luminaries

Highlighting Scholar Shop and Successful Partnerships

Interested in collaborating with local organizations? Want to address issues in the community but not sure where to start?  This month we’re highlighting Scholar Shop at CCESL! Scholar Shop is a platform that connects students, faculty, and staff with local organizations to collaborate on projects that address community-identified interests. Each Scholar Shop project is based on a project idea first proposed by an organization then further explored with a student and/or faculty partner. Collaborations over the past years have included creative work, … Continue reading Highlighting Scholar Shop and Successful Partnerships

Continuing the Sankofic Journey to Inclusive and Affirming Early Care & Learning Environments for Black Children

By: Tara C. Raines, Associate Professor, Morgridge College of Education; Jalen Taylor, Program Development Director, National Black Child Development, Institute (Denver Chapter); Cierra Townsend, Ph.D Student, Morgridge College of Education Research indicates that creating affirming and inclusive learning environments for Black children is crucial for preventing the classroom conditions that lead to the use of … Continue reading Continuing the Sankofic Journey to Inclusive and Affirming Early Care & Learning Environments for Black Children

“There Needs to Be More Partnerships”: Course Design through Teacher-Student Collaborations

By Carly Hudson, Undergraduate Student, Marketing, with Sarah Hart Micke and Angela Sowa, Teaching Associate Professors, University Writing Program This year, we’ve had an opportunity for valuable collaboration between two professors, Sarah Hart Micke and Angela Sowa, and one of Sarah’s former students, Carly Hudson. As a former FSEM and WRIT 1122 student in Sarah’s … Continue reading “There Needs to Be More Partnerships”: Course Design through Teacher-Student Collaborations

Reflection and Contemplative Practices

By: Susan Walter, Associate Professor, Spanish Language, Literary & Cultural Studies One of the greatest benefits that I gained as an instructor during the CCESL faculty fellows work in AY 2020-21 has been the time dedicated to reflection both during the cohort meetings and, at times, outside of meetings as we were asked to engage with different … Continue reading Reflection and Contemplative Practices

STEM Mentoring Through a Virtual Platform

By: Barb Hurtt, Teaching Associate Professor, Biological Sciences LDRS 3980 STEM Mentoring Internship is the community-engaged course I taught/facilitated throughout the 2020-21 academic year (Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters) and was the focus of my “Teaching in Covid-19 times” project. This internship was a collaboration between DU and Adams County Westminster High School (WHS) biomedical innovations class. One purpose of the internship was to provide DU STEM undergraduates a … Continue reading STEM Mentoring Through a Virtual Platform

Collaboration and Listening: Lifelines for Teaching Writing in a Pandemic

By: Sarah Hart Micke and Angela Sowa, Teaching Associate Professors, University Writing Program We chose to write this reflection collaboratively because collaboration, dialogue, and listening were the most meaningful aspects of the CCESL Faculty Fellows experience for both of us--albeit in different ways, and for different reasons. We both teach first-year writing in DU’s Writing … Continue reading Collaboration and Listening: Lifelines for Teaching Writing in a Pandemic

Community-Engaged Teaching in COVID Times

By: Alisha Stanton, Program Manager, Office of Internationalization When the COVID-19 pandemic confined us all to our quarantine spaces, one of the things I missed most was the freedom to explore and understand the world from my own experiences. Technology and media became important resources for finding information about what was happening globally. While technology provides access to more information, people and social media … Continue reading Community-Engaged Teaching in COVID Times

Public Reflection on Community-Engaged Teaching in Covid Times  

By: Benjamin Nourse, Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies I taught my first course with a serious community engagement component this past year. What are my take-aways from jumping into community-engaged teaching in the Covid-era? While many people have discussed the "new normal" of the Covid and post-Covid eras in terms of the increasing integration of technology into teaching and learning, I … Continue reading Public Reflection on Community-Engaged Teaching in Covid Times