A good education makes a difference
As a global institution with deep roots in our home city, we take seriously our responsibility to create partnerships and lead initiatives that strengthen communities at home and around the world. We believe our students should learn how the skills they develop in the classroom can be put to work for the good of the world. That's why our academic programs integrate coursework with hands-on community service.
Our students have logged thousands of service hours around Denver and across the globe through our Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. Take a look and discover how our students are making a difference.
Learning Through Service
At the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, students, faculty and community members take on difficult challenges in the region. We developed tactics to improve the health and well-being of families in subsidized housing, worked with Denver police to improve their handling of domestic violence, and partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy to promote sustainability through better solar technology. Through these initiatives, our students gain valuable real-world skills and make connections beyond the classroom that will inform and support their careers.
Through such programs as the Public Good Associates, our students help identify ways to tackle less concrete problems like mental health treatment and support for underrepresented people in our community and around the globe.
+532k 532,638 hours of community service performed during the 2015–16 academic year
3,266 3,266 students participated in 2015–16 academic year
Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification
Service & Sports
New head basketball coach Rodney Billups, a Denver native and DU alum, inspires the Pioneer men's basketball team to work in our local community. The team regularly volunteers at local homeless shelters and soup kitchens, providing hot meals for over 400 people per volunteer night.