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  • Anne DePrince

    Anne DePrince Title: Director
    Email: anne.dePrince@du.edu
    Phone: 303-871-2939

    Focus:  Anne oversees CCESL's long-term vision and strategic plan, working closely with staff on the implementation of programs in support of CCESL's four initiatives. She works closely with faculty as part of CCESL's community-engaged scholarship and learning initiatives. In addition, she works with CCESL's Graduate Research Assistant on evaluating the impact of CCESL's programs as well as our new Science Shop. She also works to advocate for community-engagement on campus.

    Background: Anne DePrince completed her doctoral training in psychology at the University of Oregon and her clinical internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in Colorado.

    In her role as professor of psychology, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses using community-engaged strategies. Her community-engaged research focuses on violence against women and children.
  • Cara DiEnno

    Cara DiEnno Title: Associate Director
    Email: cara.dienno@du.edu

    Phone: 303-871-2939

    Focus: Cara supports faculty, staff and students in their community-engaged work – collaborating with the community to advance social justice and live out the university's public good vision. She leads trainings and provides consultation to faculty through the center's community engaged learning and community engaged scholarship initiatives. She assists the director in managing the Public Good Fund, which provides grants to DU faculty conducting community engaged scholarship. She also provides oversight of all of the Center's student civic engagement programs, including managing the Public Good Associates and Community Engaged Student Fellows programs. In addition to supporting the campus community, she also teaches university courses using service learning pedagogy and participates in community engaged research.

    Background: In 2009, Cara completed her dissertation, "A Case Study of Social Capital and Collaboration as a Communication Process in an Urban Community-Based Ecological Restoration Project," to earn her PhD in environmental communication from the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department at Colorado State University. She earned her MS from CSU as well and also holds a BS in Environmental Studies and Biomedical Sciences from Western Michigan University.

    Cara's work is grounded in her own commitment to social justice and engagement. In 2007, she was the recipient of a Fort Collins Community Civility Award from the mayor's office for service to the CSU campus and Fort Collins community. She has also received the Pioneer Award from the University of Denver for serving as an innovator and using her creative talents and unique perspectives to positively impact the community and the Outstanding Service Award for exemplifying the mission of the university.

  • Ryan Hanschen

    Ryahn Hanschen Title: Program Coordinator
    Email: ryan.hanschen@du.edu
    Phone: 303-871-4281

    Focus: Ryan takes the lead on CCESL's Civic Development & Service Initiatives, including managing the Puksta Scholars and Public Achievement programs, advising the DU Service & Change student organization, and building campus capacity for service opportunities.

    Background:  A DU alumnus, Ryan holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology and a master's degree in Strategic Innovation & Change. He has served two terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member as well as in a Program & Development Coordinator role with the PeaceJam Foundation. Ryan has also focused his energy as a Colorado Area Coordinator with Amnesty International, mountain guide, and Master Composter. He currently serves on the Denver South High School Community Partnership Board and as Vice Chair of the Colorado Governor's Commission on Community Service.
  • Kate powers

    Kate Powers Title: Office Coordinator 
    Email: kate.powers@du.edu
    Phone: 303-871-3328

    Focus: Kate's responsibilities include strategic planning, budgetary responsibilities, social media, marketing and event planning. She is the editor of the quarterly Public Good Newsletter and manages CCESL's website. 

    Background: Kate earned a bachelor's degree in International Studies from the University of Denver in 2010. She participated in various service projects throughout her time as a student, including a service learning project that brought her to El Salvador. Before joining CCESL, she worked for Outreach Uganda, a nonprofit that partners with Ugandan women to break the cycle of poverty. Her areas of interest include armed conflict and resolution, human rights, economic inequality, and criminal justice reform. 
  • alejandra martinez

    Bio coming soon! 
  • kim yalango

    kim y headshotTitle: Graduate Research Assistant; Scholar Shop Coordinator
    Email: kim.yalango@du.edu

    Focus: Kim serves as a Graduate Research Assistant and the Scholar Shop Coordinator for CCESL. In these roles, she helps conduct assessments to measure the impact of CCESL programs, aids with the organization of Community Spotlight events featuring the work of local community organizations, and connects community organizations with students and faculty seeking to work on collaborative, community-engaged research projects. 

    Background: Kim is a graduate student in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Denver. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Muhlenberg College and an M.A. in Counseling from Wake Forest University. She has clinical interests in university/college counseling and research interests in gender and sexuality, women's issues, healthy relationships, and first-generation college students. She strives to better connect the university and community and to integrate community-engaged work in her research and future as a psychologist.