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Community Organizing Institute

What is the Community Organizing Institute?

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CCESL offers an annual community organizing institute to equip participants with tools to effectively bring about social change. Community organizing topics covered include: privilege and oppression, identities, self-interest, collective self-interest, power, one-to-one interviews, and planning and implementing a public action plan.

The institute features innovative, small-group activities as well as large-group discussion and a working lunch, during which participants can practice one-to-one skills.

The event is open to the greater Denver community and kicks off with a keynote address from a leading community organizer.

All students in CCESL programs should plan to attend this institute. Students who have previously completed this institute are eligible to serve as student leaders/facilitators at the institute.

For more information, please contact Cara DiEnno at cara.dienno@du.edu, or at 303-871-2158.

Coming soon! 2015 Community Organizing Institute

This year, CCESL welcomes Angela Cobain of Together Colorado as the keynote speaker and facilitator.  

The Community Organizing Institute will be held on Friday, October 2nd. More details and registration will be available soon! 

Community Organizing Handbook

Community Organizing Institute

The CCESL staff has written a Community Organizing Handbook (PDF) that we use in the institute, civic engagement programs and courses.

This handbook can be used to develop public skills and organize people for change. We provide this online tool as a public resource.

If you have questions, or would like to print or distribute this handbook, please contact us at 303-871-3706, or at ccesl@du.edu.