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CE Fellows


The CE Fellows program was created to advance aspects of the Collaboration for the Public Good strategic initiative of the university's new strategic plan, IMPACT 2025. Each Fellow has a specific interdisciplinary issue area of focus aligned with their expertise and interests. Fellows will be co-developing a plan to advance community-engaged work in this area in consultation with community and campus stakeholders as well as CCESL staff.

what do fellows do?

Fellows work with CCESL staff as well as campus and community members to identify activities (events, programming, assessment, etc.) to advance collaboration in their issue area. Across Fellows, the work evolves differently. For example, some issue areas lend themselves to Fellows working directly with faculty clusters to advance specific community-engaged projects via research, creative work, and/or teaching and learning. Other issue areas lend themselves to Fellows working to develop campus and/or community partnerships before specific projects can be undertaken. Each fellow is responsible for convening faculty from multiple disciplines, assisting with the coordination of efforts (as when multiple DU entities are working with the same community partner), developing a tracking and reporting process, and generally managing updates and accountability for their issue area.

The goal of the Fellows program is to help facilitate cross/inter-disciplinary collaborations that deepen the university's impact on some or our community's most pressing issues. Partnerships with community organizations are rooted in reciprocity and mutual benefit, and Fellows will assist in determining community-identified issues and needs

2019-2020 fellows

CCESL welcomes eleven students to the program for the 2019-2020 academic year, who will document their experiences as fellows and the information they gather about DU's collective impact on their issue areas.


  • Faculty Champion - Lynn Schofield Clark, Media, Film, & Journalism Studies, Erika Polson, Media, Film, & Journalism Studies, and Carlos Jimenez, Media, Film, & Journalism Studies

  • Fellow - Mia Edwards, Media, Film, & Journalism Studies

Gender Equity

  • Faculty Champion - Nancy Reichman, Sociology & Criminology and Colorado Women's College

  • Fellow - Kathryn Constantinides, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Meeting Basic Needs

  • Faculty Champion - Kim Bender, Graduate School of Social Work

  • Fellow - Suraj Thapa, Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration

Health Equity

  • Faculty Champion - Nancy Lorenzon, Biological Sciences and Julia Roncoroni, Counseling Psychology

  • Fellow - Patricia Garcia, Counseling Psychology

Urban Sustainability

  • Faculty Champion - Chad King, Center for Sustainability, Becky Powell, Geography and the Environment, Drew Mueller , Burns College of Real Estate & Construction Management, and Cara DiEnno , Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship & Learning

  • Fellow - Jacob Tucker, Economics, Meghan McCarroll, Geography



  • Faculty Champion -  Anthony Cherwinski, Knoebel School of Hospitality Management

  • Fellow - Farduus Ahmed, Social Work

Writing & the Public Good

  • Faculty Champion - Daniel Singer, Writing Program

  • Fellow - Gretchen Schrafft, English

Arts & Engagement

  • Faculty Champion - Ashley Hamilton, Theater and Apryl Alexander, Graduate School of Professional Psychology

  • Fellow - Allie Elliot, International and Intercultural Communication

Access & Education

  • Faculty Champion - Laura Sponsler, Higher Education 

  • Fellow - Manda Wittebort, Higher Education


Last Updated: 7/10/2019