Amplifying University-Community Voices: Geography to “Fight the Good Fight”

By: Jessica Villena Sanchez, PhD Student, Department of Geography and the Environment  “So, what do you do with a degree in Geography?” As a 4th year PhD student in Geography, I get asked this question a lot. I usually respond” “Well, geographers help people!”, and as I approach the end of my program, I feel … Continue reading Amplifying University-Community Voices: Geography to “Fight the Good Fight”

Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: A Reflection on DUGC Student Scholars

By: Katie Kleinhesselink, Associate Director, CCESL When I realized back in July 2020 that the coming academic year would take place almost completely online, I panicked. DU Grand Challenges (DUGC) had received a generous grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations just a few months before to boldly scaffold our undergraduate programs, especially DUGC Student … Continue reading Galvanizing Tomorrow’s Civic Leaders: A Reflection on DUGC Student Scholars

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

Connecting Change-Makers: The Role of Higher Education in Movement Building

On May 24th, DU Grand Challenges hosted the final forum of this academic year, The Role of Higher Education in Movement Building. It was an incredible event featuring speakers from two different projects. Meg Sagaria-Barritt, Integration Partnerships Coordinator for the Colorado Refugee Services Program, and Amina Bouayad, Masters in Higher Education Student, have been working … Continue reading Connecting Change-Makers: The Role of Higher Education in Movement Building

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

Connecting Change-Makers: Community-Engaged Scholarship to End Gender Violence

On April 14th, DU Grand Challenges hosted the Community-Engaged Scholarship to End Gender Violence Forum. The forum featured lightning talks by three inspiring speakers. They were Anne DePrince, Distinguished Professor in theDepartment of Psychology and Director of CCESL, Ashley Simpson, a 3rd-year Biochemistry student and Founder of Sonriendo Pa’lante, and Sterling Harris, Chief Deputy Director … Continue reading Connecting Change-Makers: Community-Engaged Scholarship to End Gender Violence

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

Amplifying University-Community Voices: Collective Impact and Migration

By: Lisa Martinez, Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology; Arianna Nowakowski, Assistant Professor, University College, Co-Leads of the DU Grand Challenges Collective Impact Migration Cohort For over two years, the DU Grand Challenges Migration Cohort has been working towards their mission of improving the daily lives of migrants and refugees in the Denver metro area. … Continue reading Amplifying University-Community Voices: Collective Impact and Migration

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

Connecting Change-Makers: Centering Antiracism in Community-University Partnerships Forum

On January 20th, DU Grand Challenges hosted the Centering Antiracism in Community-University Partnerships Forum. The forum featured lightning talks by four members of the Farmworker Advocacy Project. The speakers were Kasey Neiss, Data Activist and Systems Manager for Frontline Farming; Alejandro Cerón, Associate Professor in the Anthropology department; Gabrielle Hyde, 4th Year Student, majoring in … Continue reading Connecting Change-Makers: Centering Antiracism in Community-University Partnerships Forum