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Lorne Fultonberg
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As the DU Grand Challenges initiative enters its second year, the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL) is creating groups to take action and improve daily living in our communities. Teams of 14-22 community members, faculty, staff and students will collaborate as part of Collective Impact Cohorts, working collaboratively across disciplines to create measurable change in a variety of areas. Each cohort will be able to request up to $100,000 to support its proposed actions during this two-year commitment.

Congratulations to the following members of DU and the community, who applied and have been selected to serve on one of four Collective Impact Cohorts!

Migration

Led by Lisa Martinez and Arianna Nowakowski. Cara DiEnno serves as facilitator.

  • Trish Becker-Hafnor, director of community engagement at the Graduate School of Social Work
  • Laura Buhs, assistant director at International Student and Scholar Services
  • Anthony Cherwinski, program manager at the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management at the Daniels College of Business
  • David Coppini, assistant professor in the Media, Film and Journalism Studies Department at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Cara DiEnno, associate director at the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning
  • Lauren Dorn, welcoming communities coordinator at Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains
  • Rebecca Galemba, assistant professor at the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies and co-director of the Korbel Latin America Institute
  • Karen Gerwitz, president and CEO at World Trade Center Denver
  • Jimmy Hessler, undergraduate student in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Adrielle Knight, graduate student at the Graduate School of Social Work
  • Lisa MacClure, development coordinator at ECDC African Community Center of Denver
  • Lisa Martinez, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Arianna Nowakowski, assistant academic director and assistant teaching professor at the University College Global Community Engagement Program
  • Nicolas Pares, instructional support specialist on the Learning Experience Design Team at University College
  • Sarina Phu, undergraduate student studying International Studies and Media Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies
  • Lindsey Tryba, undergraduate student studying International Studies and Public Policy at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies
  • Alison Turner, a graduate student studying Literary Studies at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Manda Wittebort, graduate student at the Morgridge College of Education and higher education and program assistant at International Student and Scholar Services

Click to read more detailed biographies of each cohort member

Sustainability in the Urban Environment

Led by Sarah Bexell and Drew Mueller. Lynn Schofield Clark and Cara DiEnno serve as facilitators.

  • Shawn Alfrey, associate director of the University Honors Program
  • Sarah Bexell, clinical associate professor and director of humane education at the Graduate School of Social Work
  • David Carlson, founder and convener of the Ethics and Ecological Economics (EEE) Forum at the Iliff School of Theology
  • Lynn Schofield Clark, professor and chair of the Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Lauren Collins, a Community Engaged Fellow and graduate student at the Morgridge College of Education
  • Patience Crowder, associate professor at the Sturm College of Law and director of the Community Economic Development Clinic
  • Susan Daggett, associate professor of the practice at the Sturm College of Law and director of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute
  • Cara DiEnno, associate director at the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning
  • Christina Foust, associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies at the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Grace Houser, undergraduate student studying Communication Studies and Spanish at the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Chad King, director of the DU Center for Sustainability
  • Jing Li, associate professor in the Department of Geography & the Environment at the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Kevin Lynch, associate professor at the Sturm College of Law
  • Corey Martz, Community Engaged Fellow and graduate student studying geography at the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Drew Mueller, assistant professor at the Franklin Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the Daniels College of Business
  • Zigmas Polinauskas, student at the Sturm College of Law
  • Becky Powell, associate professor in the Department of Geography & the Environment at the Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
  • James "Skip" Spensley, adjunct professor of management at the Daniels College of Business
  • Paul Sutton, professor in the Department of Geography & the Environment at the Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
  • Sam Wallace, Community Engaged Fellow and graduate student studying conflict resolution at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies
  • Jiusi Zhang, undergraduate student at the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management at the Daniels College of Business

Click to read more detailed biographies of each cohort member

Crime and Safety

Led by Apryl Alexander and Jeffrey Lin. Anne DePrince serves as facilitator.

  • Apryl Alexander, clinical associate professor at the Graduate School of Professional Psychology
  • Sophia "Rosie" Contino, undergraduate student studying International Affairs and Public Policy at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies
  • Anne DePrince, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences; and director at the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL)
  • William Dewey, a student at the Sturm College of Law
  • Steven Giampaolo, director of licensing and enforcement at the Colorado Division of Insurance
  • Ashley Hamilton, assistant professor of theater at the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences; and co-director of the DU Prison Arts Initiative
  • Jeffrey Lin, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Kathleen Novak, teaching assistant professor in the Department of Management at the Daniels College of Business
  • Jessica Purcel, project manager for the Center for Marital and Family Studies and the MotherWise program
  • Stacey Putka, program director at Defy Ventures Colorado
  • Andrew William Shulman, a student at the Sturm College of Law
  • Shannon Sliva, assistant professor at the Graduate School of Social Work
  • Edward Spitzlberger, executive director at Arete
  • Andrew Urbaczewski, associate professor and chair of the Business Information and Analytics Department at the Daniels College of Business
  • Sam Valliere, assistant to the chair in the Department of Management at the Daniels College of Business and part-time student at the Graduate School of Social Work
  • Kat Zapata, a third-year student studying political science at the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences; and international studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Click to read more detailed biographies of each cohort member

Housing and Food Insecurity

Led by Daniel Brisson and Nantiya Ruan. Katie Vega serves as facilitator.

  • Rebecca Arno, director of the Barton Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise
  • Kimberly Bender, professor and associate dean for doctoral education at the Graduate School of Social Work
  • Deborah Dale Brackney, executive vice president at the Employer's Council
  • Daniel Brisson, associate professor at the Graduate School of Social Work and director of the Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness
  • Sara Bularzik, assistant director of graduate student services at the Daniels College of Business
  • Chloe Chalekian, undergraduate student studying Environmental Science at the Division of Natural Sciences & Mathematics; and Spanish at the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Dolores "Dee" Clark, community volunteer and storyteller for the Close to Home Storyteller's Network
  • Paula Cole, teaching associate professor in the Department of Economics at the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Mia Edwards, graduate student studying International and Intercultural Communications at the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Lindsey Feitz, associate teaching professor and director of the Gender and Women's Studies Program at the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Eric Holt, assistant professor in the Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the Daniels College of Business
  • Kathy Keairnes, director of web-based learning at the Office of Teaching and Learning
  • Samantha Kelly, an undeclared first-year student
  • Tatiana Marquez, environmental economist with the National Park Service
  • Heather Martin, teaching associate professor in the University Writing Program and director of the First-Year Seminar Program Faculty Writing Program
  • Jennifer Newcomer, principal at the Shift Research Lab
  • Dana Niemela, director of Community Community Outreach and Resource Engagement (CORE) at the City and County of Denver Human Services
  • Nantiya Ruan, professor of practice at the Sturm College of Law and director of the Homeless Advocacy Policy Project
  • Katie Vega, program coordinator of Scholar Shop at the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL)
  • Jennifer Wilson, graduate student at the Graduate School of Social Work and senior research associate at the Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness
  • Lauren Yehle, an undergraduate student studying political science at the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Click to read more detailed biographies of each cohort member

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