By: Margarita Soltero, Undergraduate Student, Biological Sciences Hello everyone! My name is Margarita, but I also go by Maggie. I am a first-generation Latina student majoring in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology. For my Puksta Project I wanted to create better access for young Latina and African American women to receive accurate sex … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Reflections From a Senior Puksta Scholar
By: Kathleen Ferrick, Student Program Coordinator, CCESL There’s no question that the DU Puksta Scholars program has been different this fall. As a close-knit community of 21 undergrads, in-person meetings and events throughout the year have, in the past, always been a given. Initially, the prospect of moving all Puksta programming online was a daunting … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Fostering Virtual Community with DU Puksta Scholars
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
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
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
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
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
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.