Tackling Grand Challenges: Growing Community through Art Projects at the Bridge Community Garden

By Nadia Czebiniak, undergraduate student, International Business This spring quarter undergraduate student, Nadia Czebiniak, led a series of activities to increase community engagement at the University of Denver (DU) Bridge Community Garden with the support of an Advancing Community-Engaged (ACE) Student Scholars Grant. After researching the benefits of community building through art and garden engagement, … Continue reading Tackling Grand Challenges: Growing Community through Art Projects at the Bridge Community Garden

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

Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Future Leaders: A Reflection of the Puksta Retreat

By Blanche Marie Ndoutou, Puksta Scholar, Criminology and Spanish As the new year started, Puksta Scholars came together for another retreat. As we entered the room, we felt a sense of comfort. It was comfortable being together in a room full of people fighting for social changes.This year’s retreat took place in downtown Denver from … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Future Leaders: A Reflection of the Puksta Retreat

Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Marching in the MLK Marade Together

By Sami Helgeson, Public Achievement President and Coach This was my third year attending Denver’s MLK Marade, and the very first time that we saw sun instead of snow or slush! The MLK Marade—a mixture of parade and march—honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his incredible work toward justice and human rights. Students and … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: Marching in the MLK Marade Together

DU Hosts Puksta Scholars for Annual Fall Retreat

By Rosie Contino, 1st year Puksta Scholar, International Relations Cozy with coffee and assorted breakfast pastries, Puksta scholars from across the state gathered on September 22 at Anderson Academic Commons for a biannual intercollegiate retreat.  This event marked the beginning of yet another year of impactful undergraduate research and community work, made possible by the … Continue reading DU Hosts Puksta Scholars for Annual Fall Retreat