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.
“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
“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…”
Participatory Action Research
“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
Leadership Studies Minor
The Leadership Studies Minor is available to all CU Boulder undergraduates and includes a mix of foundations courses and electives. LSM students apply theory and research to the practice of leadership in a variety of settings.