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CE Fellows


CCESL is excited to begin the second year of the Community-Engaged Student Fellows program. The program was created to advance aspects of the Collaboration for the Public Good strategic initiative of the university's new strategic plan, IMPACT 2025. Fellows are assigned to an interdisciplinary issue area and charged with 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 program provides opportunities for students to gain valuable experience and contribute to the University's vision of being "a great private institution dedicated to the public good" while simultaneously advancing aspects of IMPACT 2025.

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 problems. Partnerships with community organizations are rooted in reciprocity and mutual benefit, and fellows will assist in determining community-identified issues and needs.

We're Hiring 2018-2019 Fellows!

We are hiring our fellows cohort for the 2018-2019 academic year. Review the job descriptions for each of the positions you are interested in below. The priority deadline to apply is Monday, May 21st. To apply, please complete the application form found here.  For those selected, interviews will take place the week of May 28th.

  • Gentrification-Focused Fellow (position filled)
  • Health Disparities-Focused Fellow
  • Urban Conservation, Ecology, and Sustainability Fellow (position filled)
  • Smart Cities-Focused Fellow (position filled)
  • Immigration-Focused Fellow (position filled)
  • Refugee-Focused Fellow (position filled)
  • Gender Equity Fellow (position filled)
  • Arts & Engagement Fellow (position filled)
  • Access & Education Fellow (position filled)
  • Meeting Basic Needs-Focused Fellow (position filled)
  • Mental & Behavioral Health (description coming soon)
  • Writing & the Public Good Fellow (position filled)

2017-2018 fellows

CCESL welcomes nine students to the program for the 2017-2018 academic year, who will document their experiences as fellows and the information they gather about DU's collective impact on their issue areas. 

Metropolitan Denver Nature Alliance

  • Faculty Champion - Susan Daggett, Sturm College of Law and the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute
  • Fellow - Morgan Stevens, MSW Candidate, Social Work

Gender Equity

  • Faculty Champion - Nancy Reichman, Sociology & Criminology and Colorado Women's College
  • Fellow - Jamie Spinello, MSW Candidate, Social Work

Sustainability & Social Justice

  • Faculty Champion - Chad King, Center for Sustainability
  • Fellow - Lauren Collins, PhD Candidate, Higher Education

Urban Renewal

  • Faculty Champion - Lynn Schofield Clark, Media, Film & Journalism Studies
  • Fellow - Michael Oyakojo, Masters Candidate, Economics

Arts & Engagement

  • Faculty Champion - Tam Frye, Theater Department
  • Fellow - Mimiko Watanbe, PsyD Candidate, Clinical Psychology

Education Access & Equity  

  • Faculty Champion - Laura Sponsler, Morgridge College of Education
  • Fellow - Vanessa Molina, Masters Candidate, Higher Education


  • Faculty Champion - Lisa Martinez, Sociology & Criminology
  • Fellow - Jimmy Hessler, Junior, Sociology 


  • Faculty Champion - Joe Livingston, Korbel School for International Studies and Anthony Cherwinski, Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management
  • Fellow - Stephanie Ching, Masters Candidate, International Disaster Psychology

DU Grand Challenges

  • Faculty Champion - Vickie Berkley, DU Grand Challenges Program Manager
  • Fellow - Kerry-Ann Lewis Pearcy, PhD Candidate, Research Methods & Statistics

Health Equity

  • Faculty Champion - Nancy Lorenzon, Biological Sciences
  • Fellow - Madison Kim, Junior, Biological Sciences

Writing & The Public Good

  • Faculty Champion - Daniel Singer, Writing Program
  • Fellow - Alison Turner, PhD Candidate, Literary Studies 


 Last Updated: May 5, 2018