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Community Organizing Institute

What is the Community Organizing Institute?

Community Organizing Institute 1

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 4th.

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 CCESL at or 303-871-3706.

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


Registration for the 2019 Community Organizing Institute is available here.

2019 Keynote Speaker

pamelaPamela Reséndiz Trujano will keynote the 2019 Community Organizing Institute.

Originally from Mexico City, Mexico, Pamela grew up in the suburbs outside of Dallas, Texas. Pamela became heavily involved in the movement after being detained and placed in deportation proceedings in March 2010. Upon release from the Don Hutto Detention Center, Pamela co-founded and led a Texas University hunger strike that launched at the national level for passage of the DREAM Act. Pamela is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, and holds a B.A. in Political Science. Post-graduation, Pamela completed an internship with the Mexican American League Defense and Educational Fund and began working with the labor movement.

Pamela's worker rights education begin by the experiences and teachings of their parents and community. Pamela enjoys making art in their free time and decompressing.


Last Update: 9/17/19