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

Tackling Grand Challenges: Home State Politics

By: Rachel Goodman, Graduate Student, International Studies; Suraj Thapa, Graduate Student, Global Economic Affairs Do you know who your senators are? If you do, give yourself a pat on the back. If you don’t, don’t feel too bad. Many Americans don’t know the answer to this question. Luckily, thanks to the power of Google, you … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Home State Politics

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

Amplifying University-Community Voices: Collective Impact and Migration

By: Lisa Martinez, Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology; Arianna Nowakowski, Assistant Professor, University College, Co-Leads of the DU Grand Challenges Collective Impact Migration Cohort For over two years, the DU Grand Challenges Migration Cohort has been working towards their mission of improving the daily lives of migrants and refugees in the Denver metro area. … Continue reading Amplifying University-Community Voices: Collective Impact and Migration

Tackling Grand Challenges: Creating a Sustainable Partnership Through Sustainable Actions

By: Haley Paez, Undergraduate Student, Psychology & Journalism During the 2019-2020 academic year, I was fortunate to be able to continue my community engagement for a second year with the help of DU Grand Challenges and an Advancing Community-Engaged (ACE) Student Scholarship Grant. In 2019, I began a nutrition education project with the Denver Rescue … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Creating a Sustainable Partnership Through Sustainable Actions

Investing in Discovery: NSF Civic Innovation Challenge Planning Grant

How can communities undo redlining and reimagine mobility investments to equitably build community health and wealth? DU Grand Challenges Urban Sustainability Cohort members have teamed up with a diverse group of Denver regional partners to answer this question. Together, the group hopes to co-design and pilot an accessible, resilient, multi-modal mobility system to support community-rooted … Continue reading Investing in Discovery: NSF Civic Innovation Challenge Planning Grant

Tackling Grand Challenges: Attitudes About Sustainable Fishing in Gazi, Kenya and Mod Tah Noi, Thailand

By: Cate Daniels, Undergraduate Student, International Studies When I compiled the results of my thesis research, I ended up with a mix of exciting conclusions and a feeling of discomfort. Because of the way Americans talk about sustainability and value natural systems, it seemed like my conclusion (that one NGO had contributed more to a … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Attitudes About Sustainable Fishing in Gazi, Kenya and Mod Tah Noi, Thailand

Tackling Grand Challenges: Beyond Elections

“We have to keep showing up.” A version of this message kept coming up at Tuesday’s DU Grand Challenges Forum as more than 50 participants listened to lightning talks by Dr. Apryl Alexander, Dr. May Lin, Undergraduate Student Government Senator June Churchill, and Colorado State Representative Leslie Herod. Each of their brief lightning talks offered … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Beyond Elections

Tackling Grand Challenges: Using Privilege for Social Change

June Churchill, USG Senator, MAJOR: Physics & Astronomy Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from June’s prepared remarks delivered during the DU Grand Challenges Forum on November 10, 2020. June Churchill I was born into a rich family. My parents are multimillionaires. I grew up surrounded by mansions and golf courses next to the … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Using Privilege for Social Change

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