Transforming Community Engagement

By: Kathleen Ferrick, Program Manager, CCESL; Katie Kleinhesselink, DU Grand Challenges Program Manager, CCESL At the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL), we talk about community engagement as a strategic approach to research, teaching, and service that addresses public problems through collaborative, mutually beneficial community partnerships. And we believe that, done … Continue reading Transforming Community Engagement

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

Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Reflection From a Recent Puksta Graduate

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

CCESL affirms antiracist work for racial equity and justice.

We recognize that anti-black violence, racial injustice, and other forms of oppression are rooted in power and policies. We believe community organizing is an essential strategy for building power and changing policies. Further, we believe that antiracism must be central to community-university collaboration for the public good. Community organizing and community engagement require that we … Continue reading CCESL affirms antiracist work for racial equity and justice.

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

Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Day of Action Virtual College Access Panel Discussions

By: Kathleen Ferrick, Program Coordinator, CCESL For the past 8 years, the Day of Action college access event has built connections between the University of Denver (DU) community and Denver Public Schools (DPS) elementary students and families. The event was founded to begin the conversation about college with underrepresented students as early as possible, rather … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Day of Action Virtual College Access Panel Discussions

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

Community Engagement and Remote Teaching: Reflections and Resources

By: Cara DiEnno, Julie Olomi, Anne P. DePrince, CCESL Faculty across campus and the country are working to adapt courses for remote learning – including many of us teaching community-engaged courses. At this time of transition, we offer some reflections and resources to support remote community-engaged teaching.   Community-Engaged, Not Necessarily Community-Based Community-engaged classes incorporate … Continue reading Community Engagement and Remote Teaching: Reflections and Resources

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?