Connecting Change Makers: SAINTS OF FAILURE

By Ryan Conarro, Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre In April 2021, with the support of the DU Grand Challenges (DUGC) Advancing Community-Engaged (ACE) Student Scholarship Grant program, SAINTS OF FAILURE was presented at Historic Grant Avenue Church in South Denver. Co-produced by the DU Department of Theatre and Generator Theater Company, SAINTS OF … Continue reading Connecting Change Makers: SAINTS OF FAILURE

Connecting Change-Makers: The Role of Higher Education in Movement Building

On May 24th, DU Grand Challenges hosted the final forum of this academic year, The Role of Higher Education in Movement Building. It was an incredible event featuring speakers from two different projects. Meg Sagaria-Barritt, Integration Partnerships Coordinator for the Colorado Refugee Services Program, and Amina Bouayad, Masters in Higher Education Student, have been working … Continue reading Connecting Change-Makers: The Role of Higher Education in Movement Building

Connecting Change-Makers: Community-Engaged Scholarship to End Gender Violence

On April 14th, DU Grand Challenges hosted the Community-Engaged Scholarship to End Gender Violence Forum. The forum featured lightning talks by three inspiring speakers. They were Anne DePrince, Distinguished Professor in theDepartment of Psychology and Director of CCESL, Ashley Simpson, a 3rd-year Biochemistry student and Founder of Sonriendo Pa’lante, and Sterling Harris, Chief Deputy Director … Continue reading Connecting Change-Makers: Community-Engaged Scholarship to End Gender Violence

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

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

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

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

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

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