Connecting Change-Makers: Centering Antiracism in Community-University Partnerships Forum

On January 20th, DU Grand Challenges hosted the Centering Antiracism in Community-University Partnerships Forum. The forum featured lightning talks by four members of the Farmworker Advocacy Project. The speakers were Kasey Neiss, Data Activist and Systems Manager for Frontline Farming; Alejandro Cerón, Associate Professor in the Anthropology department; Gabrielle Hyde, 4th Year Student, majoring in … Continue reading Connecting Change-Makers: Centering Antiracism in Community-University Partnerships Forum

Investing in Discovery: NSF Civic Innovation Challenge Planning Grant

How can communities undo redlining and reimagine mobility investments to equitably build community health and wealth? DU Grand Challenges Urban Sustainability Cohort members have teamed up with a diverse group of Denver regional partners to answer this question. Together, the group hopes to co-design and pilot an accessible, resilient, multi-modal mobility system to support community-rooted … Continue reading Investing in Discovery: NSF Civic Innovation Challenge Planning Grant

Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: A Social Justice Warrior

This fall CCESL staff, Cara DiEnno & Katie Kleinhesselink, took our annual Community Organizing course online. While students didn’t have the typical opportunity to explore their collective self-interest and design and implement a small-scale organizing campaign together, they did learn about organizing principles and practices, explore local organizing movements, and complete multimedia reflections on how … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: A Social Justice Warrior

Tackling Grand Challenges: Attitudes About Sustainable Fishing in Gazi, Kenya and Mod Tah Noi, Thailand

By: Cate Daniels, Undergraduate Student, International Studies When I compiled the results of my thesis research, I ended up with a mix of exciting conclusions and a feeling of discomfort. Because of the way Americans talk about sustainability and value natural systems, it seemed like my conclusion (that one NGO had contributed more to a … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Attitudes About Sustainable Fishing in Gazi, Kenya and Mod Tah Noi, Thailand

Tackling Grand Challenges: Beyond Elections

“We have to keep showing up.” A version of this message kept coming up at Tuesday’s DU Grand Challenges Forum as more than 50 participants listened to lightning talks by Dr. Apryl Alexander, Dr. May Lin, Undergraduate Student Government Senator June Churchill, and Colorado State Representative Leslie Herod. Each of their brief lightning talks offered … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Beyond Elections

Tackling Grand Challenges: Using Privilege for Social Change

June Churchill, USG Senator, MAJOR: Physics & Astronomy Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from June’s prepared remarks delivered during the DU Grand Challenges Forum on November 10, 2020. June Churchill I was born into a rich family. My parents are multimillionaires. I grew up surrounded by mansions and golf courses next to the … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Using Privilege for Social Change

Connecting Change-Makers: Cultivating the Inherent Strengths of Young Girls

By: Lanie Cohen, Undergraduate Student, Strategic Communications & Gender and Women’s Studies My internship this past summer was for Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver (GIMD), a nonprofit organization designed to cultivate the “inherent strengths” young girls need to successfully navigate our society. This can look like education, activities, extra meals, art, mentorship, or even yoga. … Continue reading Connecting Change-Makers: Cultivating the Inherent Strengths of Young Girls

Connecting Change-Makers: ACE Grants and Scholar Shop Synergy

By: Katie Kleinhesselink, DU Grand Challenges Program Manager, CCESL There’s no doubt about it—COVID has made doing community-engaged work more difficult, especially for students who are newer to the work. After all, community engagement is all about relationships. Building relationships to advance toward research, creative work, and learning is tough when the in-person meetings and … Continue reading Connecting Change-Makers: ACE Grants and Scholar Shop Synergy

Bridging Learning and Doing: Supporting Partnerships with Immigrant and Labor Rights Organizations

By: Rebecca Galemba, Associate Professor, Korbel School of International Studies Supported by a CCESL mini-grant, my Winter 2020 Qualitative Methods course paired Korbel MA graduate students in community-based research partnerships with immigrant and labor rights organizations in the Denver area. In the course, students learn-by-doing - drawing on class readings, strong partnerships, and practical experience … Continue reading Bridging Learning and Doing: Supporting Partnerships with Immigrant and Labor Rights Organizations