Tackling Grand Challenges: Beyond Elections

“We have to keep showing up.” A version of this message kept coming up at Tuesday’s DU Grand Challenges Forum as more than 50 participants listened to lightning talks by Dr. Apryl Alexander, Dr. May Lin, Undergraduate Student Government Senator June Churchill, and Colorado State Representative Leslie Herod. Each of their brief lightning talks offered … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Beyond Elections

Tackling Grand Challenges: Using Privilege for Social Change

June Churchill, USG Senator, MAJOR: Physics & Astronomy Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from June’s prepared remarks delivered during the DU Grand Challenges Forum on November 10, 2020. June Churchill I was born into a rich family. My parents are multimillionaires. I grew up surrounded by mansions and golf courses next to the … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Using Privilege for Social Change

Tackling Grand Challenges: Wrapping Up A Community Table

By: Katie Kleinhesselink, DU Grand Challenges Program Manager, CCESL It’s hard to believe that another A Community Table has come and gone. When the steering committee began planning back in Fall 2019, we couldn’t have imagined what Spring 2020 had in store. If anything, we worried about a late spring snowstorm dampening turnout (forgive the … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Wrapping Up A Community Table

Tackling Grand Challenges: A Window into Three A Community Table Conversations

Powerful conversations have unfolded across the country through A Community Table. Here you can get a peek into three of those conversations on: Racial Justice During COVID-19Engaging VeteransCivic Participation at Different Stages of Life As these glimpses illustrate, A Community Table offers an impactful way to connect through intentional, meaningful conversation. These conversations come at … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: A Window into Three A Community Table Conversations

Tackling Grand Challenges: Advancing a Community Solution for Homelessness during COVID-19

By: Zach Marshall, Avery Becklenberg, Emma Parker, Andres Pulido, Grace Marchand, and Maddie Vickers, University of Denver Undergraduate Students* With a peak of 95% of the U.S. population staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic and states, including Colorado, promoting safer-at-home policies and gradually reopening, it’s especially important now to consider the public health implications … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Advancing a Community Solution for Homelessness during COVID-19

Tackling Grand Challenges: An Open A Community Table Imagining a Just and Sustainable Future – Post-COVID-19

By: Katie Kleinhesselink, DU Grand Challenges Program Manager, CCESL It’s hard to believe, but there are just four weeks left to host or participate in A Community Table conversation! If you’ve not had the chance to register, head over to http://www.du.edu/table now! Speaking of participating in A Community Table, we’re excited to highlight an open … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: An Open A Community Table Imagining a Just and Sustainable Future – Post-COVID-19

Tackling Grand Challenges: The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Invest in DU Grand Challenges

DU Grand Challenges (DUGC) was born of a belief that transformative learning and discovery occurs when students, faculty, and communities collaborate to tackle the world's most urgent problems. A new $300,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations (AVDF) will move DU closer to realizing that belief. An initial Planning Grant from AVDF allowed DUGC … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Invest in DU Grand Challenges

Tackling Grand Challenges: Building Connections through A (Virtual) Community Table

By: Katie Kleinhesselink, DU Grand Challenges Program Manager, CCESL If you read our last newsletter, you know that it was dedicated to A Community Table, the University's DU Grand Challenges’ annual community-building event that promotes solution-oriented conversations on the issues that matter most to us and our communities. We were excited. We imagined thousands of … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Building Connections through A (Virtual) Community Table

Tackling Grand Challenges: 2018-2019 A Community Table Outcomes

By: Katie Kleinhesselink, DU Grand Challenges Program Manager, CCESL DU Grand Challenges (DUGC) believes that together we can develop, implement, and pursue actions that make a real impact for our communities. That’s one of the many reasons we established A Community Table.* In April 2018, we asked A Community Table participants to talk about the issues that … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: 2018-2019 A Community Table Outcomes

Tackling Grand Challenges: Why Does A Community Table Feedback Matter?

By: Katie Kleinhesselink, DU Grand Challenges Program Manager, CCESL After last year’s A Community Table, we poured over feedback from participants who had gathered at tables in and around Denver and across the country. When asked about the pressing issues affecting economic opportunity in their communities, participants urged action on several common themes: Housing insecurity; … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Why Does A Community Table Feedback Matter?