Tackling Grand Challenges: Community Soccer Camp Explores College Access

By Jimmy Hessler, Sociology and French Fifteen potential first-generation college students from Jackson, Wyoming joined Jimmy Hessler, a senior undergraduate Sociology and French student and Community-Engaged Fellow on campus to explore college access over spring break. All the students involved in the trip were either first or second year students from Jackson Hole High School, … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Community Soccer Camp Explores College Access

Tackling Grand Challenges: Expanding Literacy with Community Partners

By: Maya Piñón, Spanish and Political Science WRIT Engagement Corps (WEC) is a DU student-led group that aims to create mutually beneficial university-community partnerships centered on writing, reading, and literacy activities.  With the support of an Advancing Community- Engaged (ACE) Student Scholars Grant,  WEC sponsored a book fair at Grant Beacon Middle School (GBMS) in April. This … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Expanding Literacy with Community Partners

Tackling Grand Challenges: Collective Impact Cohorts Moving Into Action

In January, the University of Denver (DU) announced the launch of four Collective Impact Cohorts to bring together university-community teams for the Action phase of DU Grand Challenges Improving Daily Living theme. The teams include undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, faculty, and community members. Each Cohort has been charged with building a shared agenda and … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Collective Impact Cohorts Moving Into Action

Tackling Grand Challenges: A Project on Light Analysis for a Brighter Future

By Lincoln Schafer, Physics, and Irene Schimmel, Physics Our Advancing Community-Engaged (ACE) Student Scholars project was to engage community members in the analysis of excessive night lighting, which can affect people through glare, light trespass and possible health effects. Many light fixture owners are uneducated about the harmful impact artificial lighting can have both on … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: A Project on Light Analysis for a Brighter Future

Tackling Grand Challenges: Host a Conversation at the Second A Community Table

Join the University of Denver’s Grand Challenges initiative for its second A Community Table event on April 10, 2019. A Community Table is a one-day event that brings small groups together across the globe to share their aspirations for creating Thriving Communities. The idea is simple. Anyone can sign up to host a community table … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Host a Conversation at the Second A Community Table

Tackling Grand Challenges: Forums to Seed Dialogue and Innovation

Last month, the DU Grand Challenges Forum on “Access to Work” brought campus and community stakeholders together to exchange ideas. The Forum opened with bold and inspirational ‘lightning’ talks from campus and community experts, followed by dialogue and refreshments among faculty, staff, students and community members. This year’s DU Grand Challenges Forums are organized around … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Forums to Seed Dialogue and Innovation

Tackling Grand Challenges: Dinner and Dialogue Across Generations

By Karen Bensen, Clinical Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work Dinner and Dialogue was the brain child from our Intergenerational A Community Table event last April. Our intergenerational group created a series of meals and conversation at the retirement community where the elders in our group resided. About a dozen different members of the … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Dinner and Dialogue Across Generations

Tackling Grand Challenges: A Look at the Year Ahead

DU Grand Challenges harnesses the multidisciplinary expertise of faculty, staff, students, and communities to build a shared agenda for collaborative action on important public problems. In its first year, DU Grand Challenges focused on building aspirations for collaborative action to improve daily living. From Forums to Scholars Grants and A Community Table, last year’s programming … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: A Look at the Year Ahead

Tackling Grand Challenges: Action to Improve Daily Living

As the aspirations phase under DU Grand Challenges’ inaugural theme of improving daily living in our communities comes to an end, we are excited to support ideas that tackle different facets of daily life. Throughout this year, we focused on identifying aspirations for improving daily living in our communities through forums on migration and environmental sustainability as well as healthy development, meeting basic needs and addressing violence. We also collected over 200 distinctive aspirations in a single day as part of the University of Denver’s (DU) inaugural A Community Table event on April 11, 2018.