Biology of Healthy Aging: Mindfulness and Meditation

By: Anna Foley, Undergraduate Student, Communication Through the course of a year, I studied the biology of aging in college students specifically surrounding the topics of physical activity and wellness levels. The public problem addressed by this project was exemplified during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. During the coronavirus pandemic, loneliness and social isolation … Continue reading Biology of Healthy Aging: Mindfulness and Meditation

STEM Mentoring with Denver High School Students

By: Sophia Kim and Kayla Nocon, Undergraduate Students, Biological Sciences Through DU’s collaboration with Westminster High School (WHS), we established a focused mentoring program with current DU STEM students and WHS senior students. A total of 33 DU undergraduates mentored 67 WHS senior students, creating a total of 21, 35-50 minute mentoring sessions that were … Continue reading STEM Mentoring with Denver High School Students

Connecting Change Makers: Story Mapping Nature with Youth in Boulder County, and Going Virtual

By: Corey Martz, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography Back in 2019, I began a story mapping project in partnership with Nature Kids/Jóvenes de la Naturaleza (NKJN) and more than 50 youth NKJN participants (check out this previous article about the story mapping project). A DU Scholar Shop organization, NKJN is a collective impact initiative with … Continue reading Connecting Change Makers: Story Mapping Nature with Youth in Boulder County, and Going Virtual

Connecting Change Makers: SAINTS OF FAILURE

By Ryan Conarro, Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre In April 2021, with the support of the DU Grand Challenges (DUGC) Advancing Community-Engaged (ACE) Student Scholarship Grant program, SAINTS OF FAILURE was presented at Historic Grant Avenue Church in South Denver. Co-produced by the DU Department of Theatre and Generator Theater Company, SAINTS OF … Continue reading Connecting Change Makers: SAINTS OF FAILURE

Tackling Grand Challenges: DU Grand Challenges by the Numbers

By: Katie Kleinhesselink, Associate Director, CCESL Thanks to a generous grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations (AVDF), DU Grand Challenges (DUGC) has built and greatly expanded a campus-wide program suite that intertwines community engagement, collaborative problem-solving, and undergraduate student development to improve daily living, increase economic opportunity, and advance deliberation and action for the … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: DU Grand Challenges by the Numbers

Tackling Grand Challenges: Home State Politics

By: Rachel Goodman, Graduate Student, International Studies; Suraj Thapa, Graduate Student, Global Economic Affairs Do you know who your senators are? If you do, give yourself a pat on the back. If you don’t, don’t feel too bad. Many Americans don’t know the answer to this question. Luckily, thanks to the power of Google, you … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Home State Politics

Tackling Grand Challenges: Building Knowledge of Social Innovations Through Field Expertise

By: Jennifer Wilson, PhD Student, Graduate School of Social Work In 2017 I was introduced to Beloved Community Village, Denver’s first tiny home village providing an alternative sheltering solution for those experiencing homelessness. As a PhD student at the Graduate School of Social Work, I had been working at the Center for Housing and Homelessness … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Building Knowledge of Social Innovations Through Field Expertise

Tackling Grand Challenges: Creating a Sustainable Partnership Through Sustainable Actions

By: Haley Paez, Undergraduate Student, Psychology & Journalism During the 2019-2020 academic year, I was fortunate to be able to continue my community engagement for a second year with the help of DU Grand Challenges and an Advancing Community-Engaged (ACE) Student Scholarship Grant. In 2019, I began a nutrition education project with the Denver Rescue … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Creating a Sustainable Partnership Through Sustainable Actions

Tackling Grand Challenges: Attitudes About Sustainable Fishing in Gazi, Kenya and Mod Tah Noi, Thailand

By: Cate Daniels, Undergraduate Student, International Studies When I compiled the results of my thesis research, I ended up with a mix of exciting conclusions and a feeling of discomfort. Because of the way Americans talk about sustainability and value natural systems, it seemed like my conclusion (that one NGO had contributed more to a … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Attitudes About Sustainable Fishing in Gazi, Kenya and Mod Tah Noi, Thailand

Connecting Change-Makers: ACE Grants and Scholar Shop Synergy

By: Katie Kleinhesselink, DU Grand Challenges Program Manager, CCESL There’s no doubt about it—COVID has made doing community-engaged work more difficult, especially for students who are newer to the work. After all, community engagement is all about relationships. Building relationships to advance toward research, creative work, and learning is tough when the in-person meetings and … Continue reading Connecting Change-Makers: ACE Grants and Scholar Shop Synergy