Tackling Grand Challenges: A Community Table- Brainstorming through the Storm

By Mariel Hernandez, International Studies and French On Wednesday April 10th, Denver got another spring storm, one that did not deter us from having an ‘A Community Table’ conversation about economic opportunity. Maddie’s restaurant provided snacks, my friend Mari offered her warm house, and the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL's) … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: A Community Table- Brainstorming through the Storm

Bridging Learning and Doing: Running Towards Community Change

By Erin Willer, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies With the support of a Community-Engaged Learning Mini Grant and a DU Grand Challenges Class Grant, students in Dr. Erin Willer’s Fall 2018 Department of Communication Studies’ course, Running as Feminist Embodiment, completed a service-learning project with the non-profit organization, Girls on the Run of the … Continue reading Bridging Learning and Doing: Running Towards Community Change

Investing in Discovery: DU Selected for Inaugural Public Good Humanities Research Grant

The University of Denver (DU) was one of 25 institutions to receive funding from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) for their inaugural Humanities Research for the Public Good initiative. The CIC initiative promotes student research at private colleges and universities, addresses issues of public significance, and showcases the rich archival, library, and museum collections. … Continue reading Investing in Discovery: DU Selected for Inaugural Public Good Humanities Research Grant

Tackling Grand Challenges: Collective Impact Cohorts Moving Into Action

In January, the University of Denver (DU) announced the launch of four Collective Impact Cohorts to bring together university-community teams for the Action phase of DU Grand Challenges Improving Daily Living theme. The teams include undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, faculty, and community members. Each Cohort has been charged with building a shared agenda and … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Collective Impact Cohorts Moving Into Action

Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Future Leaders: A Reflection of the Puksta Retreat

By Blanche Marie Ndoutou, Puksta Scholar, Criminology and Spanish As the new year started, Puksta Scholars came together for another retreat. As we entered the room, we felt a sense of comfort. It was comfortable being together in a room full of people fighting for social changes.This year’s retreat took place in downtown Denver from … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Future Leaders: A Reflection of the Puksta Retreat

Tackling Grand Challenges: A Project on Light Analysis for a Brighter Future

By Lincoln Schafer, Physics, and Irene Schimmel, Physics Our Advancing Community-Engaged (ACE) Student Scholars project was to engage community members in the analysis of excessive night lighting, which can affect people through glare, light trespass and possible health effects. Many light fixture owners are uneducated about the harmful impact artificial lighting can have both on … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: A Project on Light Analysis for a Brighter Future

Tackling Grand Challenges: Host a Conversation at the Second A Community Table

Join the University of Denver’s Grand Challenges initiative for its second A Community Table event on April 10, 2019. A Community Table is a one-day event that brings small groups together across the globe to share their aspirations for creating Thriving Communities. The idea is simple. Anyone can sign up to host a community table … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Host a Conversation at the Second A Community Table

Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Marching in the MLK Marade Together

By Sami Helgeson, Public Achievement President and Coach This was my third year attending Denver’s MLK Marade, and the very first time that we saw sun instead of snow or slush! The MLK Marade—a mixture of parade and march—honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his incredible work toward justice and human rights. Students and … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Marching in the MLK Marade Together

Bridging Learning and Doing: Psychology Students Create Learning Materials for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

By Christy Rossi, Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology This autumn, psychology students enrolled in the "Autism Spectrum Disorder" class created learning materials for children with autism that attend The Joshua School, a nearby school for individuals with developmental disabilities.  The project was supported by a mini-grant from Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship … Continue reading Bridging Learning and Doing: Psychology Students Create Learning Materials for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Tackling Grand Challenges: Forums to Seed Dialogue and Innovation

Last month, the DU Grand Challenges Forum on “Access to Work” brought campus and community stakeholders together to exchange ideas. The Forum opened with bold and inspirational ‘lightning’ talks from campus and community experts, followed by dialogue and refreshments among faculty, staff, students and community members. This year’s DU Grand Challenges Forums are organized around … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Forums to Seed Dialogue and Innovation