Consistent with our vision for a just and sustainable world, INVST
Community Studies programs develop engaged citizens and leaders who
work for the benefit of humanity and the environment.
Student Highlight: Zack Gross, INVS 3302 student
"Although I was not in the INVST Community Leadership Program, I
benefited terrificly from the Community Studies classes that I took,
as well as being welcomed and embraced by the INVST community. The
work I have been conducting in northern Uganda with war-affected
communities would not have been as effective, and I would not be so
motivated and dedicated, if I had not participated in INVST courses,
specifically Facilitating Peaceful Community Change (FPCC). First of
all, the FPCC class filled me with the inspiration not to be a silent
observer to problems facing our community and the world at large.
Through our readings and discussions, I was given the basic tools to
be an agent of change. My fellow class mates, all of which were
Community Leadership Program students, were not only inspirational,
but also were selfless, and worked alongside me to help me realize my
dream. I am so grateful that I was able to be involved in the INVST
community. My only regret about my time at CU Boulder was that I
found out about the Community Leadership Program too late, and didn't
have the opportunity to enroll in it."
-Zack Gross, CU Alum '08
For more information about Zack's Uganda project, the Hope Again Conference, visit these links:
Community Studies Electives - INVS 1000: Responding
To Social And Environmental Problems Through Service Learning
Community Partner Comments: How has the volunteer made a difference
for your organization?
"Volunteers are a huge part of what makes our organization…run. The
INVST Student Volunteer's willingness, flexibility and reliability
were assets to me and The Women's Wilderness Institute as a
-Sarah Smith, Women's
Wilderness Institute, Fall 2003
"The INVST Student Volunteer has made a significant contribution
to our elementary school. He facilitated Creative Writing Workshops
with Grades 1-5…. We were able to provide opportunities for approximately
40 children to participate in 6 workshops…. He was very capable
and brought a wonderful enthusiasm with him."
University Hill Elementary School, Spring 2000
"The INVST Student Volunteer's … heritage was of great
value to our residents of Japanese ancestry and gave them a friend who
understood their culture."
-Anthony Elskamp, Manor Care Health
Services, Spring 2000
"The INVST Student Volunteer has been a leader in the current group
of volunteers. She organized a fundraiser, which raised $65.00 in
2 1/2 hours. She seemed comfortable in our [organization] from
-Jim Pekarek, Mental Health Center of Boulder, Spring 2000
"The INVST Student Volunteer has helped with academics, but more
importantly, she helps to expose our students to a wider world
view through conversation and example."
-Mary Jo Pelanek, Boulder High School,
"When someone is as cheerful and enthusiastic as the INVST Student
Volunteer, this lends a very positive image to our organization. The
patients…are uplifted and come away with a positive image…when
they are treated with such care and respect. The INVST Student Volunteer
was exemplary in this way."
-Barbra Brandt, Wardenburg Health
Center, Spring 1999
"I think [INVST Community Studies] is an excellent program and
I really appreciate the work of the students who are participants. They
are good representatives of CU."
-Sarah Smith, Women's Wilderness
Institute, Fall 2003
"I think that [INVST Community Studies] encourages students
to be unselfish and helpful at an early age."
"We have worked with a number of INVST Community Studies students
in the past and it has always been a positive experience."
Emergency Family Assistance Association, Spring 1999
INVS 3100: Multicultural Leadership: Theories, Principles
Community Partner Comments: How has the volunteer made a difference for
"I could easily entrust the INVST Student Volunteer with a group
of children and be sure that they would be productively engaged
and encouraged to fulfill their potential."
-Family Learning Center, Spring 2003
How have you seen the volunteer develop in his or her role during the
course of the semester?
"The INVST Student Volunteer has become one of our most reliable
volunteers. She is patient, caring and a pleasure to work with."
Learning Center, Spring 2003
"The INVST Student Volunteer is a self-starter and did not require
supervision in order to do her job. This is an invaluable character
trait that we greatly appreciate."
-Stand Up For Kids, Spring 2003
"The INVST Student Volunteer is dedicated to making a difference
in all children's lives and plans to continue with us as a street
coordinator. Her compassion and honesty are inspiring."
Up For Kids, Spring 2003
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