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Public Good Associates

What is the Public Good Associates Program?


The Public Good Associates Program is designed to form student-faculty working relationships that effectively support community-engaged scholarship (research).

Public Good Associates (PGA) will be placed with one DU faculty member to assist in their community-engaged scholarship (research). DU students who demonstrate a deep commitment to community-engaged work and have an interest in research are eligible to apply.

The program provides opportunities for students to gain valuable research experience and contribute to the University's mission to be a great private institution dedicated to the public good.

What do Public Good Associates do?

PGAs assist faculty in the planning, implementation, and assessment of public good research projects. PGAs may participate in activities such as:

  • researching social justice issues
  • developing partnerships with a community organization
  • planning and implementing research activities
  • working with the faculty member to assess and evaluate the community partnership and impacts of the research project
  • problem-solving with community partners and the faculty member
  • maintaining community links through correspondence and media

Students receive training through CCESL over the course of the year to support their work with faculty.

Students: How to Apply

Applications are accepted in spring and summer for the academic year that follows.

Job Description: 

Public Good Associate Job Description (PDF)


Public Good Associate Application 

Faculty: How to Apply

Faculty members who have received funding from the University of Denver's Public Good Fund or are committed to community-engaged scholarship are eligible to request a Public Good Associate. Students who have a demonstrated commitment to community-engaged work and experience, or a strong interest in research receive training to become PGAs. PGAs then work with faculty to support the implementation of the faculty member's community-engaged research.

More Information

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