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Faculty and Student Projects


The story of through public good discovery through CCESL-connected faculty and student research and creative is on display in Public Good Impact.

To keep up with monthly stories of public good discovery, email us to be added to CCESL's mailing list. And browse the lists below to see the breadth of topics and disciplines represented in faculty community-engaged research and creative work.

Recent Public Good Fund Awards


Mike Hoa Nguyen, Higher Education - Understanding the Educational Experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI): A Disaggregated Study in Denver

Marquisha Scott & Aleysia Whitmore, Graduate School of Social Work & Lamont School of Music - Sacred Sounds and Social Justice

Andrea Stanton, Religious Studies - Post-Conversion Experiences of Denver-based Converts to Islam

Matthew Taylor, Geography - Assessing Water (In)Security at the Household Level During Times of Economic and Political Crisis in Nicaragua: Data for Action

Krystyna Matusiak, Research Methods and Information Science - Expanding the Reach and Sustaining the Park County Local History Digital Archive

Tara Raines, Morgridge College of Education - Continuing the Sankofic Journey to Inclusive and Affirming Early Care & Learning Environments for Black Children

Past Public Good Fund Awards


Shannon Allen, Center for Rural School Health & Education- South Conejos Substance Use Prevention Collaborative

Yolanda Anyon & Kathryn Wiley, Graduate School of Social Work- Sankofic Journey to Inclusive and Affirming Early Care & Learning Environments for Black Children

Marie Berry, Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy- Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative

Elizabeth Campbell, Center for Art Collections (ACE) and History- Ethical Stewardship of Native American Heritage

Jing Li & Paul Sutton & Guiming Zhang, Department of Geography and the Environment- Building a Citizen-centric Digital Urban Environmental Observatory with Nature Kids

Krystyna Matusiak, Morgridge College of Education; Research Methods and Information Science (RMIS) Department; Library and Information Science (LIS) Program- Community Resilience: Preserving and Promoting the Park County Local History Archive

Julia Roncoroni, Department of Counseling Psychology- Cook Eat Share: Community-Participatory Cookbook Project

Breigh Roszelle, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science- Development of Middle School STEM Workshops for Underrepresented Students

Gloria Miller, Teaching and Learning Sciences Department - Partnering with Community Navigators on Cultural Sharing Conversations

Hanson Nyantakyi-Frimpong, Department of Geography and the Environment - Using Participatory Scenario Planning and Photovoice to Understand Community Resilience Under Anticipated Climate Change Impacts

Jennifer Greenfield, Eugene Walls, Donny Gerke, Graduate School of Social Work - Trans* Health Literacy: Supporting Colorado Communities through Research Education, and Policy Advocacy"

Michael Sousa, Sturm College of Law - Access to Justice for Low-income Consumers: How the Legal System Reproduces Economic Inequality in Debt Collection Proceedings

Barbekka Hurtt, Department of Biological Sciences - Health Professions Highway – Creating a Self-sustaining, Culturally Diverse Pipeline to Develop Future Healthcare Professionals

Zoe Tobier, University Writing Program & Esteban Gomez, Department of Anthropology - This is My Denver: Using Visual Anthropology and Multimodal Composition to Foster Arts-Based Community Activism at North High School

Anamika Barman-Adhikari & Daphne Brydon, Graduate School of Social Work - Adaptation of a Network-based Substance Use Preventive Intervention for Young Adults Who Experience Homelessness

Erin Anderson, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Garrett Roberts, Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences, and Duan Zhang, Department of Research Methods and Information Science - Opening Doors to the Working World for Underrepresented Youth through Documenting K-12 Students' Professional Competencies with Online Micro-credentials



Lynn Schofield Clark, Media, Film, and Journalism Studies & Yolanda Anyon, Graduate School of Social Work—Incorporating Video Storytelling into Trauma-Informed Practice with Low-Income Youth of Color

W. Neil Gowensmith, Graduate School of Professional Psychology—Community Reentry through a Different Lens

Barbekka Hurtt & Nancy Lorenzon, Biological Sciences—Health Professions Highway: Creating a Self-Sustaining, Culturally Diverse Pipeline to Develop Future Healthcare Professionals

Shannon Murphy, Biological Sciences; Robin Tinghitella, Biological Sciences; & Jennifer Hoffman, Physics and Astronomy—DUSciTech2017: Pathways to STEM Careers for Girls of Color and Low-Income Girls in Denver

Christine Nelson, Morgridge College of Education & Sophia Cisneros, Physics and Astronomy—Scaffolding STEM Mentorship for Native Youth: Math|Culture|Environment (M|C|E)

Andrea Stanton, Religious Studies—Our Diverse America: Developing ESL-Appropriate EBook Chapters that Showcase America's Diversity

Sarah Enos Watamura, Psychology—Identifying Risk and Protective Factors for Refugee Children: Promoting Effective Screening and Referral


Yolanda Anyon, Graduate School of Social Work—Increasing Opportunities for Organizational Leadership and Decision-Making Among Low-Income Youth of Color in After School Programs

Bonnie Clark, Anthropology—New Communities of Memory: The DU Amache Project 2016-2017

Oliver Kaplan, Josef Korbel School of International Studies—The Korbel Asylum Project

Shannon Murphy, Biological Sciences; Robin Tinghitella, Biological Sciences; & Jennifer Hoffman, Physics and Astronomy—DUSciTech: A STEM Summer Camp for Girls from Underrepresented Backgrounds at the University of Denver

Cecilia Orphan, Morgridge College of Education—Leading Collective Civic Impact: Measuring and Advancing Higher Education's Contributions to Civic Health in Colorado Community Partner(s): Campus Compact of the Mountain West

Matthew Taylor, Geography—People in the Path of the Nicaragua Canal: Working with Popol Na and Local Communities to Document Current Livelihoods to Permit a More Just Resettlement


Kim Bender & Anamika Barman-Adhikari, Graduate School of Social Work—Photovoice Youth Voice

Erica Chenoweth, Korbel School of International Studies—Production, Dissemination, and Evaluation of a Short Video Highlighting the Historical Record of Nonviolent Resistance

Mailk Nwosu, Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences—Contextualizing African/African American Migration and Diaspora Narratives

Raja Raghunath, Sturm College of Law; Rebecca Galemba, Josef Korbel School of International Studies—Wage Theft in the Commercial Construction Industry in Denver

Ryan Gildersleeve, Morgridge College of Education—EPIC Navigators Task Force: A Youth Participatory Research Project

Eugene Walls, Graduate School of Social Work—The Stigma Effect: The Role of Internalized Racism and Internalized Homophobia in Risky Sexual Behavior Among Black Gay Men

Judy Kiyama, Morgridge College of Education—Cultivating Educational Aspirations in Low-Income Families of Color through Education, Engagement, and Empowerment

Jennifer Greenfield, Graduate School of Social Work—Latina Mothers' Experience in the NICU: An Explanation of the Barriers and Facilitators of Maternal Engagement with Preterm Infants


Erin Willer, Communications—The Scraps of the Heart Project: Storying Infant Death and Healing Parents Through Scrapbooking

Martin Quigley & Matthew Taylor, Biological Sciences and Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences—Mitigation of Environment and Socioeconomic Consequences of Water Scarcity in Rural Landscape Conversion

Vicki Tomlin & Maria Riva, Department of Counseling Psychology, Morgridge College of Education—Refugee Community Collaboration

Keith Miller, Chemistry and Biochemisty—Designing Interactive Activities to Stimulate Informal Science Learning in Public Libraries

Ramona Beltran, Social Work—RiseUp!: A Culture-Centered HIV/AIDS Prevention Program for Indigenous Youth

Bonnie Clark, Anthropology—Fostering Communities of Memory: The DU Amache Project 2014-2015

William Gowensmith, Graduate School of Professional Psychology—Expansion of the College Gateway Program

Sam Museus, Morgridge College of Education—The Collecting Asian American and Pacific Islander Refugee Stories (CARS) Project

Alejandro Ceron Valdes, Anthropology—Evaluation of Procurement and Supply of Medicines in Guatemala's Public Health System: Case Studies

Cheri Young, Knoebel School of Hospitality Management—Humanity, Hope, and Hospitality


Yoli Anyon and Nicole Nicotera, Graduate School of Social Work—Meeting the needs of diverse learners in the classroom: An interdisciplinary intervention to build the capacity of school personnel

Inna Altschul, Graduate School of Social Work—Increasing College Enrollment, Persistence, and Graduation among DPS Students

Renee Botta, Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies—Testing the Outcomes of Global WASHES Training Models with New Facilities

Omar Gudiño, Department of Psychology—Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health - Child, Adolescent and Family Services Section

Gloria Miller, Morgridge College of EducationDocumenting Critical Family-School Partnering Strategies with Refugee Parents

Don McCubbrey and Zulema Lopez, Department of Business Information and Analytics and Department of Languages and Literatures—Textbook Translation Project in Support of University Students in Developing Economies

Stephen Shirk, Department of Psychology—Improving Access to Effective Treatment for Adolescent Depression

Matthew Taylor, Department of Geography & the Environment—Creating a Public Web-Based Geographic Information System to Support Communal Decision Making along Nicaragua's Pacific Coast


Lori Patton and Nicole Russell, Morgridge College of Education—Evaluating and Enhancing the Especially Me Program

Bruce Pennington, Department of Psychology—Integrated Clinical Service for Underserved Children with Learning Disorders

Don McCubbrey, Daniels College of Business (Clinical)—International Internship in Support of Open Education Resources in Developing Economies

Mary Stansbury and Shimelis Assefa, Morgridge College of Education—Choosing Ecellence: Let All Children Bloom

Kimberly Bender, Graduate School of Social Work—Preventing Victimization Among Homless Youth

William Gowensmith, Graduate School of Professional Psychology—How Well Do Decision Makers Understand the Risk for Violence in Mentally Ill Individuals

Michele Hanna, Graduate School of Social Work—Residential Treatment and Adoption: The Adoptive Parent Perspective

Megan Kelly, Writing Program—Cultivating Undergraduate Student Engagement in a Campus-Community Garden

Julie Laser, Graduate School of Social Work—Strengthening Networks of Refugee and Immigrant Service Providers

Eugene Walls, Graduate School of Social Work—Colorado Trans on Campus: Final Report and Dissemination

Bruce Pennington, Department of Psychology—Clinical Service for Underserved Children with Learning Disorders


Tracy Elhers, Department of Anthropology—Todas Somos Lideres: A Leadership Institute of Girls

Matthew Taylor, Department of Geography—Burning for Sustainability: Firewood, Human Health, and Global Warming in Guatemala

Lynn Clark, Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies—Developing an After-School Multimedia Center at South High School


Last Updated: 9/15/2020