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

Tackling Grand Challenges: Building Connections through A (Virtual) Community Table

By: Katie Kleinhesselink, DU Grand Challenges Program Manager, CCESL If you read our last newsletter, you know that it was dedicated to A Community Table, the University's DU Grand Challenges’ annual community-building event that promotes solution-oriented conversations on the issues that matter most to us and our communities. We were excited. We imagined thousands of … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Building Connections through A (Virtual) Community Table

Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Puksta Winter Retreat 2020

By: Lucia Ramirez, Daniels College of Business, Puksta Scholars Program From the moment you get on the bus to Estes Park with your Puksta family, picking up scholars along the way, you realize how beautiful this family truly is. You pick up on conversations about school, social justice, and life in general. If there is … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Puksta Winter Retreat 2020

Community Engagement and Remote Teaching: Reflections and Resources

By: Cara DiEnno, Julie Olomi, Anne P. DePrince, CCESL Faculty across campus and the country are working to adapt courses for remote learning – including many of us teaching community-engaged courses. At this time of transition, we offer some reflections and resources to support remote community-engaged teaching.   Community-Engaged, Not Necessarily Community-Based Community-engaged classes incorporate … Continue reading Community Engagement and Remote Teaching: Reflections and Resources

Tackling Grand Challenges: 2018-2019 A Community Table Outcomes

By: Katie Kleinhesselink, DU Grand Challenges Program Manager, CCESL DU Grand Challenges (DUGC) believes that together we can develop, implement, and pursue actions that make a real impact for our communities. That’s one of the many reasons we established A Community Table.* In April 2018, we asked A Community Table participants to talk about the issues that … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: 2018-2019 A Community Table Outcomes

Tackling Grand Challenges: Why Does A Community Table Feedback Matter?

By: Katie Kleinhesselink, DU Grand Challenges Program Manager, CCESL After last year’s A Community Table, we poured over feedback from participants who had gathered at tables in and around Denver and across the country. When asked about the pressing issues affecting economic opportunity in their communities, participants urged action on several common themes: Housing insecurity; … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Why Does A Community Table Feedback Matter?

Connecting Change Makers: Engaging the Marginalized in Colorado

By: Amy Balogh, Adjunct Professor, Religious Studies Through a Scholar Shop partnership between the RLGS/JUST 3891 Justice: A Biblical Perspective class and The Episcopal Church in Colorado (ECC), University of Denver (DU) students completed a project that will have a positive impact on the Colorado community in perpetuity. This impact came through original research into … Continue reading Connecting Change Makers: Engaging the Marginalized in Colorado

Investing in Discovery: Partnering with Community Navigators on Cultural Sharing Conversations

By: Gloria Miller, Professor, Morgridge College of Education The goal of the current project was to evaluate one type of preservice social bridging experience between aspiring educators and newcomer families whose children attend school in the greater Metro Denver. In this project, social bridging was operationalized as a cultural sharing conversation (i.e., CSC) designed to … Continue reading Investing in Discovery: Partnering with Community Navigators on Cultural Sharing Conversations

Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Denver’s MLK Marade

By: Russell Yohannan, Sociolegal and International Studies, Public Achievement This year’s 35th Annual MLK Marade in Denver was an incredible experience. Being new to the Public Achievement (PA) team and the city of Denver in general, I did not know what to expect. After hearing horror stories of freezing temperatures and blizzards in Marades past, … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Denver’s MLK Marade

Bridging Learning and Doing: The Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative

By: Marie E. Berry, Assistant Professor, Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy The Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative (IGLI) Summer Institute is an intensive training program for frontline, women-identified activists to network and learn strategies for waging effective nonviolent movements to advance peace and security around the world. The IGLI Summer Institute is part … Continue reading Bridging Learning and Doing: The Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative