Transforming Community Engagement

By: Katie Kleinhesselink, DU Grand Challenges Program Manager, CCESL; Kathleen Ferrick, Program Manager, CCESL At CCESL, we talk about community engagement as a strategic approach to research, teaching, and service that addresses public problems through collaborative, mutually beneficial community partnerships. We believe that, done well, community engagement has transformative potential for faculty, students, communities, and … Continue reading Transforming Community Engagement

Tackling Grand Challenges: Wrapping Up A Community Table

By: Katie Kleinhesselink, DU Grand Challenges Program Manager, CCESL It’s hard to believe that another A Community Table has come and gone. When the steering committee began planning back in Fall 2019, we couldn’t have imagined what Spring 2020 had in store. If anything, we worried about a late spring snowstorm dampening turnout (forgive the … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Wrapping Up A Community Table

Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Reflection From a Recent Puksta Graduate

By: Blanche Ndoutou, Criminology, Puksta Scholars Program At first, Puksta was just a financial aid opportunity. However, it was not difficult to figure out that Puksta would become my community for the rest of my college career. It was at the biweekly meetings where we would eat together, meditate, and share what was happening in … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Reflection From a Recent Puksta Graduate

CCESL affirms antiracist work for racial equity and justice.

We recognize that anti-black violence, racial injustice, and other forms of oppression are rooted in power and policies. We believe community organizing is an essential strategy for building power and changing policies. Further, we believe that antiracism must be central to community-university collaboration for the public good. Community organizing and community engagement require that we … Continue reading CCESL affirms antiracist work for racial equity and justice.

GALVANIZING TOMORROW’S CIVIC LEADERS: 2020 VIRTUAL PUKSTA PASSAGE

By: Rosie Contino, Economics Major, Puksta Scholar On Tuesday, May 19th, University of Denver Puksta Scholars, along with their families and friends, celebrated the annual Puksta Passage. The Puksta Passage is a celebration of the incredible social justice work that Puksta Scholars have done throughout their time at the University of Denver. It is a … Continue reading GALVANIZING TOMORROW’S CIVIC LEADERS: 2020 VIRTUAL PUKSTA PASSAGE

Tackling Grand Challenges: A Window into Three A Community Table Conversations

Powerful conversations have unfolded across the country through A Community Table. Here you can get a peek into three of those conversations on: Racial Justice During COVID-19Engaging VeteransCivic Participation at Different Stages of Life As these glimpses illustrate, A Community Table offers an impactful way to connect through intentional, meaningful conversation. These conversations come at … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: A Window into Three A Community Table Conversations

Tackling Grand Challenges: Advancing a Community Solution for Homelessness during COVID-19

By: Zach Marshall, Avery Becklenberg, Emma Parker, Andres Pulido, Grace Marchand, and Maddie Vickers, University of Denver Undergraduate Students* With a peak of 95% of the U.S. population staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic and states, including Colorado, promoting safer-at-home policies and gradually reopening, it’s especially important now to consider the public health implications … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Advancing a Community Solution for Homelessness during COVID-19

Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Day of Action Virtual College Access Panel Discussions

By: Kathleen Ferrick, Program Coordinator, CCESL For the past 8 years, the Day of Action college access event has built connections between the University of Denver (DU) community and Denver Public Schools (DPS) elementary students and families. The event was founded to begin the conversation about college with underrepresented students as early as possible, rather … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Day of Action Virtual College Access Panel Discussions

Tackling Grand Challenges: An Open A Community Table Imagining a Just and Sustainable Future – Post-COVID-19

By: Katie Kleinhesselink, DU Grand Challenges Program Manager, CCESL It’s hard to believe, but there are just four weeks left to host or participate in A Community Table conversation! If you’ve not had the chance to register, head over to http://www.du.edu/table now! Speaking of participating in A Community Table, we’re excited to highlight an open … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: An Open A Community Table Imagining a Just and Sustainable Future – Post-COVID-19

Tackling Grand Challenges: The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Invest in DU Grand Challenges

DU Grand Challenges (DUGC) was born of a belief that transformative learning and discovery occurs when students, faculty, and communities collaborate to tackle the world's most urgent problems. A new $300,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations (AVDF) will move DU closer to realizing that belief. An initial Planning Grant from AVDF allowed DUGC … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Invest in DU Grand Challenges