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Grand Challenges

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Our local and global communities face complex, urgent, and persistent challenges.

The DU Grand Challenges initiative is a family of programs that will bring together university and community change-makers to address the most difficult and far-reaching issues facing our society today.

DU Grand Challenges will address three inter-related issues in our communities: improving daily living, increasing economic opportunity and advancing deliberation and action for the public good. Each issue area will be addressed in a 3-year cycle, allowing us to co-create Aspirations, Actions, and Achievement with community partners.

Together we will share our aspirations for improving daily living, increasing economic opportunity and advancing deliberation and action for the public good. We will identify collaborative projects that result in measureable change.


Thriving Communities

Our potential to thrive together is tied up in our ability to address interconnected issues
that affect living, working, and participating in our communities.

Improving Daily Living

Meeting basic needs and addressing violence. Advancing environmental sustainability and supporting healthy development.

Interconnected challenges affect daily living in our communities.

Together, we will improve daily living in our communities.

 
Increasing Economic Opportunity 

Expanding education access and improving infrastructure. Fulfilling employment rights and decreasing poverty.

Interconnected challenges affect working in our communities.

Together, we will increase economic opportunity in our communities.

 
Advancing Action and Deliberation for the Public Good

Amplifying youth voice and deepening civic engagement. Preparing new leaders and strengthening our connections to each other.

Interconnected challenges affect participating in our communities

Together, we will advance deliberation and action for the public good in our communities.

DU Grand Challenges Scholars Grant Recipients ANnounced!

Congratulations to our first DU Grand Challenges Scholar Grant recipients! Learn more about the recipients and their research here.

What are the three issue areas that thriving communities Will Focus on?

Improving Daily Living

Improving daily living includes everything from meeting basic needs and addressing violence to advancing environmental sustainability and supporting healthy development.

The aspirations phase of living kicked off during the 2017-2018 academic school year. As part of the kick-off, DU Grand Challenges announced Scholars grants and Classes grants. DU Grand Challenges is also looking forward to the At the Table event to brainstorm issue areas related to daily living. 

The living them will move into the actions phase during the 2018-2019 academic year and conclude by displaying living-related achievements during the 2019-2020 academic year. 

Increasing Economic Opportunity

Increasing economic opportunity (working) includes expanding education access and improving infrastructure. It also looks at fulfilling employment rights and decreasing poverty.

DU Grand Challenge's aspirations phase related to working will begin during the 2018-2019 academic school year. From there, working related actions will take precedence during the 2019-2020 academic year. Achievements will be highlighted during the 2020-2021 academic year.  

Advancing Deliberation and Action for the Public Good

Advancing deliberation and action for the public good (participating) includes amplifying youth voice and deepening civic engagement as well as preparing new leaders and strengthening our connections to each other.

Aspirations related to the participating issue will begin in the 2019-2020 academic year. Actions and achievements will be highlighted in the following two years.

Get Involved!

There are a number of ways to get involved. Check out the tabs for more information on funding available to support this initiative, and join conversations to share your aspirations for improving daily living in our communities.

Are you already engaged in a project, research or work that aligns with the theme for DU Grand Challenges? There is also an opportunity to co-brand and connect with others for collective impact. To learn more, please email  DU.GrandChallenges@du.edu.