Anne DePrinceTitle: Director
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 children.
Cara DiEnnoTitle: Associate Director
Focus: Cara supports faculty members in their use of service learning through CCESL's various service learning trainings and funding opportunities. She assists the director in managing the Public Good Fund, which provides grants and fellowships to DU faculty conducting community-engaged scholarship.
Cara also manages CCESL's various student programs, including the youth civic engagement program Public Achievement, which pairs DU students (who serve as coaches) with Denver middle schools and high schools.
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 for service to the CSU campus and the Fort Collins community.
Ryan HanschenTitle: Program Coordinator
Focus: Ryan contributes to CCESL's Service and Civic Development Initiatives by taking a leadership role in the next stage of developing CCESL's volunteer and AmeriCorps opportunities, as well as coordinating the Puksta Scholars Program.
Background: A DU alumnus, Ryan graduated with a major in sociology and minors in philosophy and psychology. He went on to serve two terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the PeaceJam Foundation and then transitioned into a role as PeaceJam's Program and Development Coordinator. Ryan brings a long-standing commitment to service and social justice to CCESL. He has made diverse contributions to communities, from his service as a certified Master Composter with Denver Urban Gardens to his role supporting Amnesty International groups across the state. Ryan is currently earning a Master's degree in Leadership & Organizations from DU and serves as a Commissioner on the Governor's Commission on Community Service.
Kate powersTitle: Office Coordinator
Focus: Kate'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: Kate earned a bachelor's degree in International Studies from the University of Denver in 2010. She participated in various service projects throughout her time as a student, including a service learning project that brought her to El Salvador. Before joining CCESL, she worked for Outreach Uganda, a nonprofit that partners with Ugandan women to break the cycle of poverty. Her areas of interest include armed conflict and resolution, human rights, economic inequality, and criminal justice reform.
Jaci AbeloeTitle: Student Programs Development Coordinator
Focus: Jaci serves as a Graduate Assistant for CCESL. She helps develop mini-workshops for use across CCESL student programs, coordinates CCESL programs such as the MLK Marade and the Public Achievement Conference, and aided in the planning of the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium.
Background: Jaci holds a B.A. in Rhetoric and Media Studies from Willamette University and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Higher Education Administration with a focus in Student Affairs through the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. Jaci has a long-standing history of involvement in community-engaged work—although Jaci has several social justice related interests, her passions lie in being an advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking. She strives to use community-engaged strategies and values throughout her career in higher education.
Title: Graduate Research Assistant; Scholar Shop Coordinator
Focus: Tejas serves as a Graduate Research Assistant and Scholar Shop Coordinator for CCESL. In these roles, she helps conduct assessments to measure the impact of CCESL programs, aids with the organization of Community Spotlight events featuring the work of local community organizations, and connects community organizations with students and faculty seeking to work on collaborative, community-engaged research projects.
Background: Tejas is a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Denver. She has been involved in the development and implementation of community-engaged research projects with diverse trauma and crime survivor populations. She is a member of the Denver Asian Pacific American Commission (DAPAC) under the Mayor's Office and served as a clinical extern at the Asian Pacific Development Center (APDC). Tejas is passionate about bringing a research lens to public good work, using mixed quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the psychosocial consequences of trauma (e.g., interpersonal violence, institutional injustice, political conflict) within an ecological framework. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Yale University and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver.