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CLA Summit 2012

Colorado Leadership Alliance

Student Profile

Tara Collins

Tara Collins


  • Hometown: Highlands Ranch, CO
  • Major: International Business and Marketing
  • Year: Freshman
  • Interests: Snowboarding, Hockey, Volleyball
  • Organizations: Leadership Development Team, Club Field Hockey

The University of Denver's long history of service is grounded in a tradition of commitment to the community.   PLP was designed to link formal learning experiences and concepts in leadership with learning and involvement in the community.  With a focus on citizen leadership, PLP engages and equips students through group projects, service opportunities and internships that improve the conditions of our community. 

The Pioneer Leadership Program is a 4-year, integrated learning experience that combines coursework, a residential community, civic engagement, and professional networks to develop citizen leaders.

A cornerstone of teaching and learning leadership in PLP is community and civic engagement.  Pioneer Leadership program participants are active leaders in the DU, the greater Denver community and across the globe.  

On average, PLP students dedicate 5,000 hours every year to community-based organizations both here in Denver and abroad.  In most circumstances, hours dedicated to the community are closely tied to coursework within the leadership minor.  There are three programs that are designed to progressively teach students about leadership principles by observing and applying newly gained skills within community-based agencies and organizations.  These programs are: 

  • Serve to Lead/Lead to Serve
  • Community Change Initiatives
  • Community Leadership Internships
  • Global Citizen Scholars
  • Living and Learning Communities
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