Skip navigation
CCESL Banner

CCESL

Staff

Anne DePrince

Anne DePrince Title: Director
Email: [email protected]
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 initiatives. She works closely with faculty as part of CCESL's community-engaged scholarship and learning initiatives. 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 childre

Cara DiEnno

Cara DiEnnoTitle: Associate Director
Email:[email protected]
Phone: 303-871-2158

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.

Katie Vega

Katie VegaTitle: Scholar Shop Program Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 303-871-3499

Focus: Katie serves as Program Manager for the Scholar Shop, which is centralized at the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning. The Scholar Shop connects community organizations with students and faculty to address public problems through research and/or creative work. Katie also works closely with CCESL's Community-Engaged Fellows to help facilitate inter-disciplinary collaborations that deepen the university's impact on some of our community's most pressing problems. 

Background: Katie is a Los Angeles native with aspirations to support communities in living healthier and happier lives. Equity, justice, and inclusivity are fundamental lenses that she applies to her collaborative work with diverse partners, colleagues, community members, and decision-makers. As a public health professional and community champion, she has worked with nonprofits, community groups, social service providers, municipalities, private businesses, and academic researchers in the northern Colorado region to develop collaborative and innovative initiatives that seek to address the social determinants of health for communities. Katie has experience in community-based program/project development, systems change work, and project management with transdisciplinary teams and multi-organization coalitions. Katie holds a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Global Health and Health Disparities from the Colorado School of Public Health.

Katie Kleinhesselink

Katie K HeadshotTitle: DU Grand Challenges Program Manager
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 303-871-3865

Focus: Katie serves as Program Manager for DU Grand Challenges, which is centralized at the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning. DU Grand Challenges brings together curricular, scholarship, creative work and co-curricular activities to advance community-engaged work.

Background: Katie brings expertise to this position in higher education, community-engaged scholarship, and networked collaboration. Since 2011, she has served as the Director of Member Services for Campus Compact of the Mountain West. In that role, she designed and implemented programs that served faculty, staff, administrators, and students as well as supported cross-campus networks and collaborations. Prior to that role, Katie served as the Senior Program Coordinator at the University of Wyoming and Program Manager for the Office of Engagement at the University of Montana. Katie has a Masters of Public Administration as well as BA in Women's Studies from the University of Montana. She is currently a PhD Candidate in the Higher Education Program at DU's own Morgridge College of Education.

Kathleen Ferrick

KathleenTitle: Program Coordinator
Email:[email protected]
Phone: 303-871-4281

Focus: Kathleen 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: Kathleen brings a background in macro social work practice focused on community organizing, outreach, and training facilitation. She has worked for several Denver-based non-profits addressing social justice issues including worker's rights, housing discrimination, domestic violence, and sexual assault/abuse. She has experience implementing anti-oppression workshops that center racial justice and is committed to supporting grassroots movement building. Kathleen holds an MSW from the University of Denver and a B.A. in Psychology from CU Boulder.

Alexandra Schweigert

Alexandra Schweigert Title: Business Coordinator 
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 303-871-3328

Focus: Alexandra'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: Alexandra earned a bachelor's degree in International Studies and Political Science from Colorado State University in 2017. She participated in various service projects throughout her time as a student, including a service learning project that brought her to Samburu, Kenya. As a student, she worked at the Colorado State Capitol as a legislative intern. She also worked as an involvement adviser for other students at Colorado State University.