following proposal has been received from Dr. Eric Fretz of Naropa University.
CURFA members who are interested in cooperating in this activity should contact
Dr. Fretz directly via the contacts given below.
proposal is to describe a possible collaboration between Naropa University
and the CU Retired Faculty Association. We are looking for 5-10 retired CU faculty to work with us on our Public Achievement Project
during the 2005-06 academic year. Public Achievement is a youth civic
engagement initiative focused on the most basic concepts of citizenship,
democracy and public work. Public Achievement draws on the talents and desires
of ordinary people to build a better world and to create a different kind of
politics. The Public Achievement web site is:
Naropa University’s Public Achievement
Project is part of a class I teach, “Democracy, Education and Social Change.”
It is a two-semester course that gives students opportunities to practice and
theorize about the arts of democracy. On Wednesday afternoons, we go to Centaurus High School
where the Naropa students work as Public Achievement “coaches” with small
groups of Centaurus students. The role of the “coach” is to help the Centaurus
students identify salient community problems that matter to the youth and then
work with the youth to develop social action projects that work toward the
resolution of those problems. This past year, we had groups working on
acquiring driver’s licenses for immigrants, encouraging Colorado legislators to
pass the Dream Act, Tsunami Relief, Homelessness and even shifting the public
perception of break dancing from gangster culture to artistic expression. On
Fridays, we meet on the Naropa campus where we read and write about democratic
theory from Aristotle to Dewey and then apply those theories to the work we are
doing at Centaurus.
would like to find a few retired CU faculty to serve
alongside the Naropa students as Public Achievement “coaches.” Specifically, I
would like to team up one Naropa student with one retired faculty member and
have each group work together as a Public Achievement coach team. The CU
faculty would meet with us on Fridays for our seminars and they would travel
with us to Centaurus each Wednesday.
have a great deal of information about our Public Achievement project, and I
would be happy to share it with anyone who may be interested in working with
Eric Fretz, Ph.D.
Director, Community Studies Center
2130 Arapahoe Avenue
Boulder, Colorado 80302
Phone: (303) 245-4719