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Community Organizing Institute

What is the Community Organizing Institute?

Community Organizing Institute 1

CCESL offers an annual community organizing institute to equip participants with tools to effectively bring about social change. Community organizing topics covered include: privilege and oppression, identities, self-interest, collective self-interest, power, one-to-one interviews, and planning and implementing a public action plan.

The institute features innovative, small-group activities as well as large-group discussion and a working lunch, during which participants can practice one-to-one skills.

The event kicks off with a keynote address, which is open to the greater Denver community.

All students in CCESL programs should plan to attend this institute. Students who have previously completed this institute are eligible to serve as student leaders/facilitators at the institute.

For more information, pleae contact Cara DiEnno at, or at 303-871-2158.

2013 Community Organizing Institute

This year, CCESL welcomes Jesús Torres as the keynote speaker and facilitator.  A native of Mexico, Jesús moved to Minnesota in 2001 where he was introduced to the world of social justice and social change. Jesús received his community organizing training from the leading trainer in Minnesota, the Organizing Apprenticeship Project. Jesús served as a community organizer with Centro Campesino from 2003-2012, where he worked on issues related to immigrant rights, worker's rights, and education. He holds an undergraduate degree in sociology and is currently attending law school.

Community Organizing Institute will be held on Friday, October 11th, 10am-4pm Craig Hall Community Room University of Denver.

Participants are able to register for the 2013 Community Organizing Opening Keynote or the entire Institute (Opening Keynote and Training).

Participants may choose to attend the opening keynote only (10:00am-11:00am), however participants who register for the entire institute (keynote and training) must attend the full day (10am-4pm).

Lunch will be provided.

Space is limited. Once all spaces are filled, registrants will be notified that they have been placed on a waiting list.

Please click here to register by Tuesday, October 8, 2013.

Community Organizing Handbook

Community Organizing Institute

The CCESL staff has written a Community Organizing Handbook (PDF) that we use in the institute, civic engagement programs and courses.

This handbook can be used to develop public skills and organize people for change. We provide this online tool as a public resource.

If you have questions, or would like to print or distribute this handbook, please contact us at 303-871-3706, or at