Three Take-Aways From My Year as a Community-Engaged Teaching Fellow During COVID 

By: Nadia Kaneva, Media, Film and Journalism Studies In early October 2020, as I stumbled through a second quarter of teaching remotely from my kitchen table and living in near total isolation, an email from DU’s Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL) delivered a spark of hope to my inbox. “Apply to the Community-Engaged … Continue reading Three Take-Aways From My Year as a Community-Engaged Teaching Fellow During COVID 

Connecting Change Makers: Story Mapping Nature with Youth in Boulder County, and Going Virtual

By: Corey Martz, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography Back in 2019, I began a story mapping project in partnership with Nature Kids/Jóvenes de la Naturaleza (NKJN) and more than 50 youth NKJN participants (check out this previous article about the story mapping project). A DU Scholar Shop organization, NKJN is a collective impact initiative with … Continue reading Connecting Change Makers: Story Mapping Nature with Youth in Boulder County, and Going Virtual

Bridging Learning and Doing: Colorado Quechua Cultural Outreach/ Peruvian Sheepherder Project

By: Alison Krögel, Associate Professor, Andean Literary and Cultural Studies; Department of Spanish Language, Literary & Cultural Studies (SLLCS) Since 2013, I have collaborated with various organizations on issues related to Peruvian sheepherders who work in remote regions of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West under the auspices of the H-2A temporary agricultural worker visa … Continue reading Bridging Learning and Doing: Colorado Quechua Cultural Outreach/ Peruvian Sheepherder Project

Amplifying University-Community Voices: Writing by/as Design: DU Student Partnership with Digital Agency Elevation Web

By Libby Catchings, Assistant Teaching Professor, University Writing Program The Clinic for Writing and the Public Good amplifies the voices of writing-centric organizations to benefit nonprofits, social movement leaders, and academics in ways that are accessible and inclusive. Driven by student writing and research, the clinic conducts that work by showcasing community partners’ best (writing) … Continue reading Amplifying University-Community Voices: Writing by/as Design: DU Student Partnership with Digital Agency Elevation Web

Amplifying University-Community Voices: Geography to “Fight the Good Fight”

By: Jessica Villena Sanchez, PhD Student, Department of Geography and the Environment  “So, what do you do with a degree in Geography?” As a 4th year PhD student in Geography, I get asked this question a lot. I usually respond” “Well, geographers help people!”, and as I approach the end of my program, I feel … Continue reading Amplifying University-Community Voices: Geography to “Fight the Good Fight”

Connecting Change Makers: SAINTS OF FAILURE

By Ryan Conarro, Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre In April 2021, with the support of the DU Grand Challenges (DUGC) Advancing Community-Engaged (ACE) Student Scholarship Grant program, SAINTS OF FAILURE was presented at Historic Grant Avenue Church in South Denver. Co-produced by the DU Department of Theatre and Generator Theater Company, SAINTS OF … Continue reading Connecting Change Makers: SAINTS OF FAILURE

Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: A Reflection on DUGC Student Scholars

By: Katie Kleinhesselink, Associate Director, CCESL When I realized back in July 2020 that the coming academic year would take place almost completely online, I panicked. DU Grand Challenges (DUGC) had received a generous grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations just a few months before to boldly scaffold our undergraduate programs, especially DUGC Student … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: A Reflection on DUGC Student Scholars

Tackling Grand Challenges: DU Grand Challenges by the Numbers

By: Katie Kleinhesselink, Associate Director, CCESL Thanks to a generous grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations (AVDF), DU Grand Challenges (DUGC) has built and greatly expanded a campus-wide program suite that intertwines community engagement, collaborative problem-solving, and undergraduate student development to improve daily living, increase economic opportunity, and advance deliberation and action for the … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: DU Grand Challenges by the Numbers

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