Bridging Learning and Doing: Updates on Antiracism and Anti-Oppression Reviews at CCESL

By: Anne P. DePrince, CCESL Director, Professor of Psychology The summer months for an office like CCESL stay busy with an extraordinary amount of planning for the year ahead. As we simultaneously finish up internal evaluations of programs from the previous academic year, we integrate what we learned from the previous year into planning for … Continue reading Bridging Learning and Doing: Updates on Antiracism and Anti-Oppression Reviews at CCESL

Connecting Change Makers: Community Engagement During a Pandemic

By: Madalyne Heiken, Undergraduate Student, Department of Theater As the summer heat wore off and students were being welcomed back to campus in the early fall, Pioneer Leadership Program (PLP) students were racking their brains about what issues they wanted to focus on for their year-long Community Change Initiatives. Hannah Hinds, Mikeala Bassil, and I … Continue reading Connecting Change Makers: Community Engagement During a Pandemic

Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: The Intersection Between Voting and Food and Housing Insecurity

By: Nantiya Ruan, Professor, Sturm College of Law; Heather Martin, Teaching Professor, Writing Program Housing and food insecurity impacts many Coloradans. The causes of housing and food insecurity include systemic income inequality and lack of access to affordable housing and other critical services.  In order to address these systemic problems, voting for representatives that support … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: The Intersection Between Voting and Food and Housing Insecurity

Connecting Change Makers: The ABC(D)’s of Community Engagement

By: Katy Constantinides, International Studies and Gender and Women Studies, Scholar Shop Last year, my desire to be more involved with CCESL brought me to the page of Scholar Shop projects waiting to be picked up. When I decided to work with the Episcopal Church of Denver on a report to learn more about Asset-Based … Continue reading Connecting Change Makers: The ABC(D)’s of Community Engagement

Investing in Discovery: Our Diverse America

By: Andrea Stanton, Associate Professor, Religious Studies This project brought together faculty members from the University of Denver and Colorado Academy to develop collections of short stories and personal narratives that reflect different aspects of American diversity with support from CCESL’s Public Good Fund. The goal was to then offer these collections to instructors of … Continue reading Investing in Discovery: Our Diverse America

Connecting Change-Makers: Story Mapping Nature with Youth in Boulder County

By: Corey Martz, Geography, Scholar Shop Nature Kids / Jovenes de la Naturaleza (NKJN) is a collective impact initiative comprised of numerous non-profit, government, and other community organizations. These organizations are partnering to deliver nature programming, along with park and pathway construction projects, that improve access to nature for youth and families in Boulder County, … Continue reading Connecting Change-Makers: Story Mapping Nature with Youth in Boulder County

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.