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How to Make an Impact

Get involved through CCESL’s four initiatives! Click a program name below to learn more. In addition to these specific programs, CCESL also provides trainings focused on community engagement skills for student organizations.  Contact CCESL Program Coordinator, Ryan Hanschen at  to learn more.

Community-Engaged Scholarship 

Public Achievement  

DU students coach K12 teams through the community organizing process  to identify and develop public projects on social justice issues that students care about within their school and community.

Public Good Associates

The Public Good Associates (PGA) programs is designed to get students and faculty into working relationships to effectively support community-engaged research.

Puksta Scholars Program

DU’s Puksta Scholars Program is a four-year, developmental civic engagement program and intentionally diverse community.

Scholar Shop

Scholar Shop is a forum for students to connect and collaborate with community organizations to do academic work that addresses public problems.

Community-Engaged Learning

Public Good Associates

The Public Good Associates (PGA) program is designed to get students and faculty into working relationships to effectively support community-engaged service learning classes.

Spectator to Citizen Course Sequence

CCESL offers a three-course sequence of two-credit service learning courses that provides opportunities for DU students to develop a set of public skills and civic knowledge that will allow them to actively participate in the public life of their communities.  


DU Service & Change (DUSC) Student Organization

DUSC is a student organization committed to engaging the DU community through diverse service opportunities that facilitate positive change for the public good.

Search online to find the right volunteer opportunity for you.  


Community Engagement Corps

DU students support K-12 students through in class and out of class tutoring and mentoring that addresses literacy, after-school programming, or credit recovery.

Community Organizing Institute

Each fall, CCESL offers an annual community organizing institute to equip participants with tools to effectively bring about social change.

DU 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.