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
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
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
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 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
DU Grand Challenges harnesses the multidisciplinary expertise of faculty, staff, students, and communities to build a shared agenda for collaborative action on important public problems. In its first year, DU Grand Challenges focused on building aspirations for collaborative action to improve daily living. From Forums to Scholars Grants and A Community Table, last year’s programming … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: A Look at the Year Ahead
As the aspirations phase under DU Grand Challenges’ inaugural theme of improving daily living in our communities comes to an end, we are excited to support ideas that tackle different facets of daily life. Throughout this year, we focused on identifying aspirations for improving daily living in our communities through forums on migration and environmental sustainability as well as healthy development, meeting basic needs and addressing violence. We also collected over 200 distinctive aspirations in a single day as part of the University of Denver’s (DU) inaugural A Community Table event on April 11, 2018.