Tackling Grand Challenges: Mobility in an Urban Setting

By Matthew Walters, undergraduate student, Political Science Transportation affects all levels of daily living: where we work, who we interact with, and where we go for fun. In order to better understand ourselves and the decisions we make, we have to understand the methods of mobility which can both grant and limit our options. In … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Mobility in an Urban Setting

Tackling Grand Challenges: Networking through DU Xnet

By Shannon Seales, Learning and Development Consultant, Human Resources and Inclusive Community Last year, Human Resources and Inclusive Community (HRIC) hosted a staff table as part of DU Grand Challenges, A Community Table. After thoughtful discussion, staff identified that despite similarity in roles across campus, many employees felt siloed within their roles. The silos that exist within our university departments and divisions were … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Networking through DU Xnet

Tackling Grand Challenges: Growing Community through Art Projects at the Bridge Community Garden

By Nadia Czebiniak, undergraduate student, International Business This spring quarter undergraduate student, Nadia Czebiniak, led a series of activities to increase community engagement at the University of Denver (DU) Bridge Community Garden with the support of an Advancing Community-Engaged (ACE) Student Scholars Grant. After researching the benefits of community building through art and garden engagement, … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Growing Community through Art Projects at the Bridge Community Garden

Tackling Grand Challenges: Undergraduates Assist with Seedlings© Curriculum Research

By Anne Berset and Bristi Basu, Department of Psychology Undergraduates Anne Berset and Bristi Basu, with supervision from Dr. Sarah Watamura, conducted the Seedlings© Strengths and Needs Assessment this spring quarter with assistance from a DU Grand Challenges Advancing Community Engaged (ACE) Student Grant. The Seedlings© program was developed by Dr. Watamura in partnership with … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Undergraduates Assist with Seedlings© Curriculum Research

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: 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