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Community Organizing Institute

What is the Community Organizing Institute?

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CCESL offers an annual community organizing institute that equips 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 DU students, faculty, and staff and kicks off with a keynote address from a leading community organizer.

This year the Community Organizing Institute will be held on October 6th with speaker Angela Cobian.

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 Alexandra Schweigert at, or at 303-871-3328.

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

Angela Cobian

Angela HeadshotAngela Cobián is a first-generation Mexican-American feminist from the west side of Denver. Cobián graduated from The Colorado College with a Bachelors in Political Science, and Minor in Spanish in 2011. Cobián was a Pi Gamma Mu Honor Society graduate, as well as the recipient of the Fred Sondermann Award in Political Science. Angela then returned to her hometown to teach second and third grade in Denver Public Schools as part of the Teach for America Program, while concurrently earning her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado-Denver. In 2013, Cobián was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach at the National Pedagogical University in Mexico City and also consult on student-led social change initiatives with Enseña por Mexico. Upon returning to Denver, Cobián returned to Northeast Denver to organize in the school she previously taught in as a Community Organizer for Together Colorado. In this capacity, she co-leads Together Colorado's work in Education, as well leads base-building efforts in Latino Catholic parishes in the Denver-mentro area. Cobián is a member (and former Trustee) of the Colorado College Alumni Association, founding Board-member and Communications Director for New Leaders Council-Denver, as well as a selection-committee member for the Non Profit Internship Program at the Denver Foundation.


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Last Update: 9/25/17