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

Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: The Intersection Between Voting and Urban Sustainability

By: Elizabeth Walsh, Grand Challenges Cohort Program Coordinator, Urban Sustainability Cohort As Election Day draws closer, voting-eligible American citizens have the hard-won opportunity to cast our votes in service of our personal visions of the public good. In the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, the onslaught of deadly wildfires, hurricanes and extreme weather associated … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: The Intersection Between Voting and Urban Sustainability

Faculty Alert: Why Activity Insight Matters for CCESL

At CCESL, we field questions regularly about the breadth and depth of faculty community engagement. Say, how many community-engaged courses are offered at DU? Or how many scholarly products are produced with support from Public Good Funds? More often than not, we are certain that our answers dramatically under-estimate the real scope of DU faculty’s … Continue reading Faculty Alert: Why Activity Insight Matters for CCESL

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