Investing in Discovery: Art Restart, A Story of Engagement and Empowerment

By Lindsey Feitz, Teaching Associate Professor, Gender and Women's Studies Armed with clipboards, product illustrations, and a bit of apprehension, undergraduate students in the Gender and Women’s Studies class, “Reframing Feminism, Social Entrepreneurship, and Poverty” took to the streets (and city parks) this past fall. Their mission was to conduct market research on behalf of … Continue reading Investing in Discovery: Art Restart, A Story of Engagement and Empowerment

Tackling Grand Challenges: Dinner and Dialogue Across Generations

By Karen Bensen, Clinical Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work Dinner and Dialogue was the brain child from our Intergenerational A Community Table event last April. Our intergenerational group created a series of meals and conversation at the retirement community where the elders in our group resided. About a dozen different members of the … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Dinner and Dialogue Across Generations

Connecting Change-Makers: New Scholar Shop Website Highlights DU and Community Collaborations

By Katie Vega, CCESL Scholar Shop Program Coordinator The Scholar Shop connects community organizations with DU students and faculty to address public problems through research or creative work. Scholar Shop project can range from analyzing data and conducting program evaluation to producing marketing materials, among others. To better promote and connect DU faculty, staff, and … Continue reading Connecting Change-Makers: New Scholar Shop Website Highlights DU and Community Collaborations

Tackling Grand Challenges: A Community Table Award Sends Students to Young AmeriTowne

By Jody Philips, Director of Individual and Foundation Giving, Young Americans Center for Financial Education “The number one problem in today’s generation and economy is a lack of financial literacy.” – Alan Greenspan Last summer, the Send-a-School project for Young AmeriTowne (a program of Young Americans Center for Financial Education) received a DU Grand Challenges … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: A Community Table Award Sends Students to Young AmeriTowne

Tackling Grand Challenges: Announcing Collective Impact Cohorts

The University of Denver (DU) is taking an innovative, community-engaged approach to its institution-wide grand challenge initiative. Programming across DU Grand Challenges is grounded in principles of mutually beneficial and reciprocal community-university collaboration. This community-engaged approach is highlighted in the Collective Impact Cohorts, which bring together community and university voices to develop and implement an … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Announcing Collective Impact Cohorts

Community Engaged Fellow Hosts Film Screening

By Adrielle Knight, CCESL Refugee-Focused Fellow, Graduate School of Social Work A screening of the film Soufra brought together over 120 people in Maglione Hall. This documentary depicts the story of a Syrian refugee woman named Mariam who actualized her dream of starting her own catering business to empower other Syrian women in a refugee camp … Continue reading Community Engaged Fellow Hosts Film Screening

Public Achievement Spends a Weekend Preparing for the Year Ahead

By Desiree Collins, Public Achievement Team Lead, Graduate School of Social Work The Public Achievement (PA) team embarked on a weekend-long learning and bonding experience during the first week of October. PA is a program in which University of Denver (DU) students work with local schools to create change in their communities. PA Team Leads … Continue reading Public Achievement Spends a Weekend Preparing for the Year Ahead

Regan Byrd Keynotes Community Organizing Institute

By Ian Vincent, CCESL Service Initiatives Intern, Graduate School of Social Work Community activist and organizer, Regan Byrd, joined the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL) on October 5 for its annual Community Organizing Institute. The Community Organizing Institute teaches participants how to bring about social change through active community engagement. … Continue reading Regan Byrd Keynotes Community Organizing Institute

DU Grand Challenges Kicks Off its Second Year

DU Grand Challenges kicked off the year with big announcements including collaboration and funding opportunities through Collective Impact Cohorts, new Advancing Community Engaged (ACE) Student Scholarship grants, and a fresh set of Forums focusing on topics related to increasing economic opportunities in our communities. Faculty, staff, students, and community members gathered in Anderson Academic Commons … Continue reading DU Grand Challenges Kicks Off its Second Year