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Community-Engaged Scholarship

Public Good Associates

Public Good Associates (PGAs) support the implementation of faculty member's community-engaged research.

Scholar Shop

CCESL’s Scholar Shop is a database of research/academic questions posed by community organizations who are seeking to partner with DU to address public problems through research/creative works.

Public Good Fund        

In support of the University's vision of being a great private university dedicated to the public good, the Provost has established a Public Good Fund to promote public good and community-engaged scholarship at the University of Denver. Funds are awarded competitively twice per year.


Public Good Associates

Public Good Associates (PGAs) are students who a support faculty members in their implementation of service learning components of classes.

Community-Engaged Learning Mini-Grants

Community-Engaged Learning Mini-grants are available to instructors to support opportunities for implementation of service learning projects, development of community-engaged courses/activities or instructor communities (e.g., bringing together instructors who teach similar courses to develop collaborative ideas for community-engaged activities), and professional development (e.g., conference presentations for scholarship of teaching and learning).

Service Learning Scholars Program

During this 2-day workshop held each December, faculty members are introduced to service learning principles and best practices to incorporate this pedagogy into their courses.

Engaged Practitioner

CCESL offers opportunities to deepen your community engagement practice for DU faculty members who have participated in the Service Learning Scholars program and/or who have experience implementing community-engaged learning classes.


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DU Grand Challenges

Scholars Grants

Beginning in 2017-2018, we will invest in research and creative work projects that address the themes under Thriving Communities. Funds will provide a mechanism for projects that focus on work involving building and advancing community partnerships for community-engaged scholarship.

Class Grants

The DU Grand Challenge's class grants aim to support course development and/or projects that connect to a DU Grand Challenges issue AND respond to at least one of the phases in the Grand Challenges arc (Aspirations, Action, Achievement).Annually, we will invest in faculty time to develop new or re-develop existing courses that are related to the Grand Challenges.

Forum Series

In the DU Grand Challenges Forum series, leaders in scholarship and practice give lightening talks to provide a spark for small-group discussion among participants on how the topic impacts our communities.

A Community Table

A Community Table is a one-day event designed to bring DU alumni, faculty, staff, students and community members together over a meal to identify shared aspirations for improving daily life.