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
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
By: Liliana Diaz, 2018 Newman Civic Fellow and Ph.D. Student in Higher Education In 2018, I was selected as a Newman Civic Fellow. The fellowship program is an initiative of Campus Compact. Campus Compact supports over 1,000 colleges and universities “by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civic and … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Newman Civic Fellow Reflects on the Year
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
By Ian Vincent, CCESL Service Initiatives Intern, Graduate School of Social Work Community activist and organizer, Regan Byrd, joined the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL) on October 5 for its annual Community Organizing Institute. The Community Organizing Institute teaches participants how to bring about social change through active community engagement. … Continue reading Regan Byrd Keynotes Community Organizing Institute
By Rosie Contino, 1st year Puksta Scholar, International Relations Cozy with coffee and assorted breakfast pastries, Puksta scholars from across the state gathered on September 22 at Anderson Academic Commons for a biannual intercollegiate retreat. This event marked the beginning of yet another year of impactful undergraduate research and community work, made possible by the … Continue reading DU Hosts Puksta Scholars for Annual Fall Retreat
By Madison Kim, Community Engaged Fellow The North Denver Photovoice Project spotlighted how young residents of Elyria, Swansea, and other neighborhoods of North Denver are effected by redevelopment projects in the area. Teenage artists spent eight weeks documenting their lives in North Denver. As a culmination to the project, family, friends, and community members gathered … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Amplifying Youth Voice
Executives Partnering for Children (EPIC) works to harness the capital of Colorado's business sector to ensure that all children develop into healthy, educated and productive citizens. Child care in Colorado is primarily privately funded , and a large portion of that funding comes through the Child Care Contribution Tax Credit (CCTC). The CCTC encourages donations to fund childcare institutions and provides a tax-advantage of a 50% tax deduction if individuals and organizations donate to child care centers.
Puksta Scholars make social change happen that is grounded in community organizing principles and solidarity. Each year, the University of Denver (DU) recognizes the amazing collaborative public good work carried out by Puksta scholars at the Puksta Passage event. The event provides an opportunity to bring together the entire Puksta community including new and current scholars, graduating seniors, alumni, as well as DU and Puksta Foundation leadership. This year’s event continued previous traditions of wisdom sharing by graduating scholars, welcoming incoming scholars, and community building over a shared meal.