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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.

The Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship & Learning and DU Grand Challenges are now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Community-Engaged Fellows cohort. The Community-Engaged Fellows program is made possible by a generous grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. The deadline to apply for the Community-Engaged Fellows program is 11:59pm on June 29, 2020.

Click HERE to apply.

who are Community-Engaged Fellows?

Successful candidates for the Community-Engaged Fellows program (CEF) are DU advanced undergraduate and graduate students who are passionate advocates for the public purpose of higher education and DU's public good mission. They have experience working with communities to address identified needs and solve public problems. They believe in the power of authentic community engagement to support thriving communities and understand its utility as a method for research, teaching, and creative work. They seek to integrate community engagement into their own scholarship and future professional endeavors.

what do fellows do?

Ambassadorship. Presentations to departments/units, classes on resources, models of engagement, discipline-based best practices, Scholar Shop, etc. Participants in DU/community events, workshops, forums, etc.

Mentorship. Each Fellow mentors a cohort of DU Grand Challenges Student Scholars, providing guidance and facilitating critical reflection in civic action-planning, community partnership development, ePortfolio creation. They work with Scholar Shop to connect DUGC Student Scholars with community partners and provide leadership and oversight for the projects that emerge. They support Scholars in writing ACE grant proposals and implementing ACE projects.

Scholarship. With support from CCESL staff, Fellows create projects that meet identified gaps/needs relating to community engagement at the University of Denver. Projects might include repositories of discipline-based engagement literature, toolkits for interdisciplinary collaboration, reviews of DU policy/practice that advances or stymies community engagement, assessment of community partner experiences, etc.

Fellows may workshop their own community-engaged scholarship (thesis/dissertation projects) with their peers, share lessons learned, practice presentations, etc.

Fellows co-author articles as appropriate for academic journals (Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education) and other non-academic outlets.

Personal/Professional Development. Fellows participate in rigorous professional development in community organizing, community-engaged teaching, community-engaged research, collective impact, and theories of the public good in contemporary American higher education.

Reflection. Fellows create a critical reflection ePortfolio to curate artifacts, document and assess their learning, and make connections between their work and their field of study, professional identity, etc.

What support do Fellows receive?

Fellows receive a stipend of up to $5,000, access to project funds, opportunities to participate in ongoing community-engaged research efforts, professional development, mentorship, and access to a network of peers who are using community engagement in their scholarly pursuits.

How do I become a Fellow?

You can access the Community-Engaged Fellows application at If clicking the link does not work, please copy and paste into your browser. Applications are due by 11:59pm on June 28, 2020.

For more information about Community-Engaged Fellows, contact Katie Kleinhesselink, DU Grand Challenges Program Manager, at

2019-2020 fellows

CCESL welcomed 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


The Community-Engaged Fellows program is made possible by a generous grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.

Last Updated: 6/5/2020