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Presentation at Arapahoe Community College (Denver, CO | February 21, 2019)

This was a presentation at Arapahoe Community College to the Colorado Community College Readiness Committee, which connects and supports emergency response teams at 13 community colleges across Colorado. The training provided an overview of CRC services, a description of ideologically-based violence, models for understanding radicalization and mobilization, the uses of risk and threat assessment, and resources in Colorado

Meeting with the Anti-Defamation League (Denver, CO | February 11, 2019)

This meeting was part of our participation in Rocky Mountain States Against Hate.

Presentation at the FBI (Denver, CO | February 6, 2019)

This was a presentation at the FBI with Nicoletti-Flater Associates and FBI analyst Howie Shapiro regarding threat assessment and management in radicalization cases. The CRC presented about how we handled a situation with two potentially radicalizing adolescents in Aurora, utilizing multiple partnerships and communicating by using a “vortex” for information.

Denver Foundation Grant Proposal Submission (January 31, 2019)

This was a grant proposal to the Denver Foundation to provide broader services with Challenge Denver at Thomas Jefferson High School, which would serve as a pilot site in the 2019-20 school year.

Presentation to Aurora Central High School (Aurora, CO | January 25, 2019)

This was a presentation to the teachers and mental health staff members at Aurora Central High School to prepare for personal and student responses following their Challenge Day event.

Meeting with Anti-Defamation League (Denver, CO | January 14, 2019)

This was a meeting with the Anti-Defamation League as part of our participation in Rocky Mountain States Against Hate. During this meeting, the CRC was awarded a mini-grant through the Rose Foundation and the ADL to provide a vicarious trauma training to staff members at The Center, a pillar GLBT organization in Denver.

Meeting with Moonshot CVE (December 21, 2018)

This was a conversation with Vidhya Ramalingam, Founder of Moonshot CVE, an international organization seeking to disrupt and ultimately end violent extremism through technology and online interventions.

Meeting with Aurora Police Department (Aurora, CO | December 18, 2018)

Meeting with Courtney Jacobs, the Clinical Program Manager of the Crisis Response Team at the Aurora Police Department to discuss a successful threat assessment and intervention for minors at a local school.

Children's Cabinet Subcommittee Meeting (Denver, CO | December 12, 2018)

This meeting took place at the Denver Department of Human Services.

Denver Islamic Society Trip (Denver, CO | December 7, 2018)

This was a group trip with CRC student externs to the Denver Islamic Society to build relationships with the local Muslim community and religious leaders.

Meeting with Department of Homeland Security (Lakewood, CO | November 29, 2018)

This was a meeting with Homeland Security leadership from Washington, D.C. regarding CRC services and partnering with Nicoletti-Flater Associates to address threatening individuals.

Meeting with Challenge Denver (Denver, CO | November 28, 2018)

This was a meeting with Liz Drogan with Challenge Denver about the provision of follow-up services regarding targeted violence, trauma, and student wellbeing at seven middle and high schools in Denver and Aurora.

Preventing Targeted Violence Summit Planning Meetings (Lakewood, CO | November 13-14, 2018)

These were planning meetings with local state and federal leaders and the National Governors Association to host the Preventing Targeted Violence Summit in summer of 2019.

Meeting with Department of Homeland Security (Lakewood, CO | November 7, 2018)

This was a meeting with Homeland Security intelligence analyst Howie Shapiro regarding CRC services and partnering with the federal agents.

U.S. State Department International Visit (Denver, CO | November 2, 2018)

The CRC hosted the U.S. State Department International Visitors, comprised of leaders from African countries. We presented on the topic of "Global Threat Cooperation” and shared the objectives of the CRC.

Special Briefing with George Selim (Denver, CO | October 17, 2018)

This took place at the Anti-Defamation League.

Meeting with National Counterterrorism Center (Denver, CO | September 27, 2018)

This presentation and training included lead analysts and researchers.

Meeting with the National Governor's Association (Lakewood, CO | September 24, 2018)

This group met to identify objectives for a state plan for Preventing Targeted Violence across Colorado. A conference will be held in June of 2019 to provide information to state department leaders.

Meeting with Steve Griffin (September 21, 2018)

This was a conversation with Steve Griffin, researcher who worked with the Matthew Shepard Foundation to study identity-based violence rates in Colorado and barriers to reporting.

CRC Full Partnership Meeting (Denver, CO | September 6, 2018)

In this meeting we discussed recent accomplishments, threat assessment, outcomes of conversations with fellow RAND study participants, and upcoming events from partners.

Children's Cabinet Subcommittee Meeting (Denver, CO | August 15, 2018)

We participated in this meeting of the Children's Cabinet Subcommittee, of which the CRC is a partner through the Colorado Children's Code.

Anti-Defamation League Meeting (Denver, CO | August 13, 2018)

We participated in this monthly meeting as a partner in Mountain States Against Hate.

Meeting with Parents 4 Peace (August 7, 2018)

This was a conversation with David Phillippi with Parents 4 Peace, a program that seeks to increase awareness of radicalization, share stories of people who have exited extremist groups, and provide a national hotline for concerned bystanders.

Meeting with Boston Children's Hospital (August 3, 2018)

This was a conversation with Saida Abdi, who runs an intervention program at Boston Children’s Hospital. The program provides clinical services to radicalizing teens who were referred by the FBI before closing their investigation. It also provides team consultation for cases being managed by other providers.

Meeting with Cambridge Safety Net Collaborative (July 31, 2018)

This was a conversation with Dr. James Barrett with the Cambridge Safety Net Collaborative, which runs interventions programs in conjunction with the Cambridge Police Department and the public schools.

Meeting with U.S. Attorneys Office (Denver, CO | July 27, 2018)

This meeting focused on CRC initiatives and the threat assessment process.

Meeting wtih RAND Corporation (July 20, 2018)

This was a follow-up conversation with the RAND Corporation about the unique initiatives of the CRC, prior to their upcoming publication about promising programs across the nation who are working to prevent and intervene in violent extremism cases.

Denver Police Department Quartery Consultation meeting(Ward, CO | July 19, 2018)

This meeting focused on the DPD's efforts in Countering Violent Extremism.

Pema Chodron Dharma Talk (Ward, CO | July 18, 2018)

We attended a Dharma Talk with Buddhist Pema Chodron and asked for her approach to intervening with people who are rageful and may be on the path to violence.

Iraqi Youth Delegation (Denver, CO | July 17, 2018)

We hosted the Iraqi Youth Delegation and presented program information and research from the CRC about radicalization and prevention efforts through community building.

Mayor's State of the City Speech (Denver, CO | July 16, 2018)

We attended this community event.

GSPP Doctoral Internship Consortium Presentation (Denver, CO | July 13, 2018)

This presentation focused on the different uses of risk assessment and threat assessment for people who are on the path to violence or have committed violent acts.

Columbine Briefings (Thortnton, CO | July 8, 2018)

We participated in this training about preventing, interrupting, and recovering from school shootings and other mass casualties.

Meeting with a Human Trafficking Specialist at the Denver Department of Human Services (Denver, CO | July 5, 2018)

In this meeting we discussed ways to reach vulnerable teens and provide joint trainings to the community.

Meeting with the Denver Department of Human Services (Denver, CO | July 5, 2018)

In this meeting we discussed partnership opportunities.

Anti-Defamation League Meeting (Denver, CO | June 11, 2018)

We participated in this meeting as part of our membership in Mountain States Against Hate.

Full Partnership Meeting (Denver, CO | June 7, 2018)

This was our first full partnership meeting to convene the members of Research Collaborative, Psychosocial Collaborative, and Advisory Council and share findings from the first year of operation.

Meeting with the Colorado Information Analysis Center (Lakewood, CO | May 29, 2018)

The Colorado Information Analysis Center is one of the two fusion centers in Colorado.

Meeting with Denver Police Department (Denver, CO | May 29, 2018)

The purpose of this meeting was to learn more about the Denver Police Department's Bias-Motivated Crimes Unit that offers outreach and support to people who have been targeted and affected by discrimination and hate crimes.

Meeting with CRC Research Collaborative (Denver, CO | May 24, 2018)

This was the final meeting of the CRC Research Collaborative.

Meeting with representatives from U.S. Attorney's Office and Homeland Security (Denver, CO | May 14, 2018)

In this meeting we discussed future plans for the CRC.

CSU's No Place for Hate (Fort Collins, CO | May 11, 2018)

CRC Director Rachel Nielsen served on a panel hosted by the Colorado State University's Islamic Center to discuss to hate crimes, discrimination, and resiliency at the school.

Meeting with Safe-2-Tell Representative (Denver, CO | May 9, 2018)

In this meeting, we explored how we can work together.

Advisory Council Meeting with Partners (Denver, CO | May 3, 2018)
Christian Picciolini: DeRadicalization in a US Context (Denver, CO | September 2017)

Christian Picciolini discussed disengagement and de-radicalization practices specifically relevant to today's violent "alt-right" and "jihadist" movements. Christian is the co-founder of Life After Hate, a nonprofit helping people disengage from hateful groups and ideologies. As a former leader of the early American white supremacist skinhead movement, he describes his emotional drift from his loving family, his recruitment and rapid rise into leadership of the white power movement, as well as his exit from the movement. Presented by: Colorado Resilience Collaborative (GSPP) and Organization of Security Students (Korbel).

UK/US State Department sponsored exchange (Denver, CO | July 2017)

Details coming soon.

UK/US State Department sponsored exchange (Birmingham, UK | May 2017)

Video and write-up of the trip: "Denver delegation sees best of Birmingham


Linda Lin is a producer working for the Media Co-Operatives program of the US Department of State. The topic of this Co-Op project is "Community Approaches to Violent Extremism". Under the sponsorship of the U.S. Government, a two-person Bangladeshi crew traveled to three cities in the United States to conduct interviews and gather visual materials for a series of reports introducing how local communities in the United State counter violent extremism. 

The Jamuna TV crew interviewed participants of local CVE roundtables, including law enforcement agencies, elected officials, and community organizers, to find out the strategies and challenges faced in different cities. They also spoke to public affairs officers of law enforcement agencies to see how information is shared between law enforcement and the media.

Over the past few years, Bangladesh has seen more violent extremism crime. Countering terrorism locally is an increasing important issue to work on in Bangladesh, especially when the government is struggling to fight militant attacks on civilians and foreigners. The US Embassy Dhaka believes that this Co-Op project will introduce Bangladeshis to how local communities in the U.S. counter violent extremism and enhance the Bangladeshi public's understanding of how to balance fighting terrorism with respect for human rights and due process.


Details coming soon.


The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants' professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.

WORDE training (DENVER, CO | February 2017)

This special training workshop was coordinated as part of WORDE's engagement with the US Attorney's Office in partnership with University of Denver's International Disaster Psychology Program to guide the local implementation of an interdisciplinary prevention program to mitigate ideologically motivated violence.

Drawing from lessons learned from on WORDE's Building Community Resilience Against Violent Extremism (BRAVE) model, the training is intended to expand the capacity of service providers in the Denver metropolitan area to develop interventions and preventative programming for individuals who may be vulnerable to radicalization. The training outlines good practices in developing a holistic approach to mitigating potential risk factors of radicalization, ways to adapt positive youth development programming, guidance on conducting intakes & assessments, developing treatment plans, strengthening outreach for referrals and managing practices in monitoring and evaluation. Facilitators draw upon lessons learned from WORDE's social service agency, Crossroads, as well as research across multiple fields.