University of Colorado Boulder

Puksta Scholars

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Puksta Scholars are CU-Boulder students who serve as catalysts for positive change in the campus culture and in local communities, while acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experiences necessary for ethical, responsible citizenship upon graduation. 

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CU Dialogues

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“Nothing compares to a classroom dialogue—it brings abstract subjects to life. Students consistently identify it as their most significant learning experience of the semester. They engage at a deeper level, build connections to the outside world, and think from new perspectives. These are lifelong skills—the ability to listen, the basics of democratic participatory discourse, and breaking down class, race, and language barriers.” - CU Instructor

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Public Achievement

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“My experience with PA has influenced both my coursework and future plans… By understanding the notion of a democracy in terms other than politics, I have been inspired to support the voices of those who are under-represented or ignored and to encourage children to take an active role in participating for change.  I also grew as a person, and learned so much about myself…”

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INVST Community Studies 

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“INVST taught me the skills to actively listen, but also the ideology to be humble, to seek out another’s view and stories before sharing my own.”

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Participatory Action Research

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“As a senior in this participatory research project, it makes me proud to graduate and leave some improvements for younger Buff generations. I love being able to interact with other students on campus and ask them about their experiences here at CU…” – Melissa Arreola Peña, CU Ethnic Studies Major, with minors in Women & Gender Studies and Political Science 

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Critical Civic Inquiry Summer Institute

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“Prior to being involved in the Institute, I believed that doing research was looking at what others had said about a certain topic, not being an individual producer of knowledge.”    – Josie Valadez, CU student and CCI teacher, double-major in Ethnic Studies and Psychology, double-minor in Education and Women & Gender Studies

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