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Anne DePrince

Anne DePrince Title: Director
Email: anne.deprince@du.edu
Phone: 303-871-2939

Focus:  Anne oversees CCESL's long-term vision and strategic plan, working closely with staff on the implementation of programs in support of CCESL's four initiatives. She works closely with faculty as part of CCESL's community-engaged scholarship and learning initiatives. In addition, she works with CCESL's Graduate Research Assistant on evaluating the impact of CCESL's programs as well as our new Science Shop. She also works to advocate for community-engagement on campus.

Background: Anne DePrince completed her doctoral training in psychology at the University of Oregon and her clinical internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in Colorado.

In her role as professor of psychology, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses using community-engaged strategies. Her community-engaged research focuses on violence against women and childre

Cara DiEnno

Cara DiEnnoTitle: Associate Director
Email:cara.dienno@du.edu
Phone: 303-871-2158

Focus: Cara supports faculty, staff and students in their community-engaged work – collaborating with the community to advance social justice and live out the university's public good vision. She leads trainings and provides consultation to faculty through the center's community engaged learning and community engaged scholarship initiatives. She assists the director in managing the Public Good Fund, which provides grants to DU faculty conducting community engaged scholarship. She also provides oversight of all of the Center's student civic engagement programs, including managing the Public Good Associates and Community Engaged Student Fellows programs. In addition to supporting the campus community, she also teaches university courses using service learning pedagogy and participates in community engaged research.

Background: In 2009, Cara completed her dissertation, "A Case Study of Social Capital and Collaboration as a Communication Process in an Urban Community-Based Ecological Restoration Project," to earn her PhD in environmental communication from the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department at Colorado State University. She earned her MS from CSU as well and also holds a BS in Environmental Studies and Biomedical Sciences from Western Michigan University.

Cara's work is grounded in her own commitment to social justice and engagement. In 2007, she was the recipient of a Fort Collins Community Civility Award from the mayor's office for service to the CSU campus and Fort Collins community. She has also received the Pioneer Award from the University of Denver for serving as an innovator and using her creative talents and unique perspectives to positively impact the community and the Outstanding Service Award for exemplifying the mission of the university.

vICKIE bERKLEY

Vickie Berkley Title: DU Grand Challenges Program Manager
Email:vickey.berkley@du.edu
Phone: 303-871-3499

Focus: Vickie serves as Program Manager for DU Grand Challenges, which is centralized at the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning. DU Grand Challenges brings together curricular, scholarship, creative work and co-curricular activities to advance community-engaged work.

Background: During Vickie's career, she has worked in the private, public and non-profit sectors. She also brings extensive experience building campus-community partnerships that are mutually beneficial, create rewarding learning experiences and provide a public good. She was instrumental in creating a number of programs and initiatives at both the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Missouri Columbia that engage students in real world projects while benefiting communities.

Vickie holds a Bachelor's degree in Education and a Master's degree in Community Development with an emphasis in Community Education, both earned from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Vickie also studied European Union programs and policies at the National University of Ireland Galway in 2000-01 as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. In 2017, Vickie was honored with the Campus Compact Western Region 'Engaged Professional' award.

Kathleen Ferrick

KathleenTitle: Program Coordinator
Email:kathleen.ferrick@du.edu
Phone: 303-871-4281

Focus: Kathleen takes the lead on CCESL's Civic Development & Service Initiatives, including managing the Puksta Scholars and Public Achievement programs, advising the DU Service & Change student organization, and building campus capacity for service opportunities.

Background: Kathleen brings a background in macro social work practice focused on community organizing, outreach, and training facilitation. She has worked for several Denver-based non-profits addressing social justice issues including worker's rights, housing discrimination, domestic violence, and sexual assault/abuse. She has experience implementing anti-oppression workshops that center racial justice and is committed to supporting grassroots movement building. Kathleen holds an MSW from the University of Denver and a B.A. in Psychology from CU Boulder.

Alexandra Schweigert

Alexandra Schweigert Title: Business Coordinator 
Email: alexandra.schweigert@du.edu
Phone: 303-871-3328

Focus: Alexandra's responsibilities include strategic planning, budgetary responsibilities, social media, marketing and event planning. She is the editor of the quarterly Public Good Newsletter and manages CCESL's website. 

Background: Alexandra earned a bachelor's degree in International Studies and Political Science from Colorado State University in 2017. She participated in various service projects throughout her time as a student, including a service learning project that brought her to Samburu, Kenya. As a student, she worked at the Colorado State Capitol as a legislative intern. She also worked as an involvement advisor for other students at Colorado State University.

Alicia Saxe

Alicia SaxeTitle: CCESL Program Coordinator
Email: publicachievementdu@gmail.com

Focus: Alicia serves as the Program Coordinator for Public Achievement (PA). In PA, DU students function as Coaches and work closely with a group of high school students from one of CCESL's partnering schools to identify social justice issues that students care about within their school and community. She also contributes to all of the CCESL student programs across CCESL's four initiatives, which include service, civic development, community-engaged learning, and community-engaged scholarship.

Background: Alicia is a 3rd year PhD student in Curriculum and Instruction at the Morgidge College of Education. She has innate passion for teaching and learning which drives hers research involving non-traditional curriculum, holistic education, social justice, critical approaches to education and human flourishing. She is a Colorado native, but her curious nature, along with wonderful opportunities has led her through eight years of learning, teaching, and studying around the globe, inspiring her current work as an educator. Alicia holds a BA in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Hawaii, Manoa and a MA in Educational Psychology from the Universidade do Algarve in Portugal.