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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (CAHSS)

Walid Hedidar, AHSS summer research grant, University of Denver
Walid Hedidar used a CAHSS summer research grant to organize a two-week summer camp on education reform in Tunisia.
Transformative Priority One

Revolutionize liberal and creative arts education through the Keystone Experience.

Keystone experiences will be high-impact experiences, such as internships in local companies and nonprofits, community-engaged projects solving important issues, basic or applied research working with faculty and other students over multiple quarters, and entrepreneurial collaboration on and off campus. These immersive experiences will be guided by faculty mentors, supported by the College, and will integrate students' knowledge and skills across disciplines and contexts. 

The Keystone Experience builds on the imperative in DU IMPACT 2025 to root our students' academics in the strengths of our liberal arts foundation: to "understand the world through methods of learning, to think broadly and critically in and out of one's field," and to "focus deeply within a subject." Through the Keystone experience students can pursue a unique learning experience that is within their major, only partially embedded in their major, or outside it altogether. Read the plan

Meredith Gee's Entrepreneurial Collaboration, University of Denver

Entrepreneurial Collaboration: Through Project X-ITE's Pioneering Summer accelerator program, emergent digital practices major, Meredith Gee, founded a ridesharing app for affordable long-distance commutes called Wanderlift.

Katie Bokenkamp's Honor Thesis, University of Denver

Honors Thesis: With grant funding, Katie Bokenkamp traveled to London to complete research for her honor's thesis in history, and she completed another thesis entirely in Italian, enhanced by an immersive study abroad in Perugia, Italy.

Morgan Smith's study abroad, University of Denver

Study Abroad: Morgan Smith conducted policy research on social enterprise development while studying abroad in Denmark, using what he learned in his coursework, policy brief to Colorado policymakers, and internship with a local community advocacy organization.

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