Tackling Grand Challenges: Undergraduates Assist with Seedlings© Curriculum Research

By Anne Berset and Bristi Basu, 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 Growing Home, … 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

Tackling Grand Challenges: A Community Table Award Sends Students to Young AmeriTowne

By Jody Philips, Director of Individual and Foundation Giving, Young Americans Center for Financial Education “The number one problem in today’s generation and economy is a lack of financial literacy.” – Alan Greenspan Last summer, the Send-a-School project for Young AmeriTowne (a program of Young Americans Center for Financial Education) received a DU Grand Challenges … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: A Community Table Award Sends Students to Young AmeriTowne

Tackling Grand Challenges: Announcing Collective Impact Cohorts

The University of Denver (DU) is taking an innovative, community-engaged approach to its institution-wide grand challenge initiative. Programming across DU Grand Challenges is grounded in principles of mutually beneficial and reciprocal community-university collaboration. This community-engaged approach is highlighted in the Collective Impact Cohorts, which bring together community and university voices to develop and implement an … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Announcing Collective Impact Cohorts

DU Grand Challenges Kicks Off its Second Year

DU Grand Challenges kicked off the year with big announcements including collaboration and funding opportunities through Collective Impact Cohorts, new Advancing Community Engaged (ACE) Student Scholarship grants, and a fresh set of Forums focusing on topics related to increasing economic opportunities in our communities. Faculty, staff, students, and community members gathered in Anderson Academic Commons … Continue reading DU Grand Challenges Kicks Off its Second Year