Tackling Grand Challenges: Advancing a Community Solution for Homelessness during COVID-19

By: Zach Marshall, Avery Becklenberg, Emma Parker, Andres Pulido, Grace Marchand, and Maddie Vickers, University of Denver Undergraduate Students* With a peak of 95% of the U.S. population staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic and states, including Colorado, promoting safer-at-home policies and gradually reopening, it’s especially important now to consider the public health implications … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Advancing a Community Solution for Homelessness during COVID-19

Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Day of Action Virtual College Access Panel Discussions

By: Kathleen Ferrick, Program Coordinator, CCESL For the past 8 years, the Day of Action college access event has built connections between the University of Denver (DU) community and Denver Public Schools (DPS) elementary students and families. The event was founded to begin the conversation about college with underrepresented students as early as possible, rather … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Day of Action Virtual College Access Panel Discussions

Tackling Grand Challenges: An Open A Community Table Imagining a Just and Sustainable Future – Post-COVID-19

By: Katie Kleinhesselink, DU Grand Challenges Program Manager, CCESL It’s hard to believe, but there are just four weeks left to host or participate in A Community Table conversation! If you’ve not had the chance to register, head over to http://www.du.edu/table now! Speaking of participating in A Community Table, we’re excited to highlight an open … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: An Open A Community Table Imagining a Just and Sustainable Future – Post-COVID-19

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