Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Reflection From a Recent Puksta Graduate

By: Blanche Ndoutou, Criminology, Puksta Scholars Program At first, Puksta was just a financial aid opportunity. However, it was not difficult to figure out that Puksta would become my community for the rest of my college career. It was at the biweekly meetings where we would eat together, meditate, and share what was happening in … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Reflection From a Recent Puksta Graduate

GALVANIZING TOMORROW’S CIVIC LEADERS: 2020 VIRTUAL PUKSTA PASSAGE

By: Rosie Contino, Economics Major, Puksta Scholar On Tuesday, May 19th, University of Denver Puksta Scholars, along with their families and friends, celebrated the annual Puksta Passage. The Puksta Passage is a celebration of the incredible social justice work that Puksta Scholars have done throughout their time at the University of Denver. It is a … Continue reading GALVANIZING TOMORROW’S CIVIC LEADERS: 2020 VIRTUAL PUKSTA PASSAGE

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

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

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

Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Celebrating Puksta Scholars

By Alex Aleman, Business Management At the end of May, Puksta Scholars held their annual Puksta Passage Scholarship dinner to welcome  four incoming students and celebrate six graduating Scholars. Hosted in the stunning Tuscan Ballroom at the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management, the event was attended by over 100 guests including Foundation President's John … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Celebrating Puksta Scholars

Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Future Leaders: A Reflection of the Puksta Retreat

By Blanche Marie Ndoutou, Puksta Scholar, Criminology and Spanish As the new year started, Puksta Scholars came together for another retreat. As we entered the room, we felt a sense of comfort. It was comfortable being together in a room full of people fighting for social changes.This year’s retreat took place in downtown Denver from … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Future Leaders: A Reflection of the Puksta Retreat

Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Marching in the MLK Marade Together

By Sami Helgeson, Public Achievement President and Coach This was my third year attending Denver’s MLK Marade, and the very first time that we saw sun instead of snow or slush! The MLK Marade—a mixture of parade and march—honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his incredible work toward justice and human rights. Students and … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Marching in the MLK Marade Together

Public Achievement Spends a Weekend Preparing for the Year Ahead

By Desiree Collins, Public Achievement Team Lead, Graduate School of Social Work The Public Achievement (PA) team embarked on a weekend-long learning and bonding experience during the first week of October. PA is a program in which University of Denver (DU) students work with local schools to create change in their communities. PA Team Leads … Continue reading Public Achievement Spends a Weekend Preparing for the Year Ahead