We are currently accepting applications to the INVST Community Leadership Program. To apply for the class of 2018-2020, please access our secure online form using the blue button below. If you prefer submitting a hard copy, the PDF application is also available. Thanks for your interest in INVST! Please contact us at 303-492-8045 if you have any questions about the application.


Early Application Deadline is
Monday, November 13, 2017

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Final Application Deadline is
Monday, March 5, 2018


We believe in the possibility of a just and sustainable world.  We develop community leaders who engage in compassionate action as a lifetime commitment. The INVST Community Leadership Program is an academic program that admits up to 18 students each year in order to foster a small, interactive environment. INVST challenges CU undergraduate students through the interdisciplinary exploration of social and environmental issues. The program combines practical skills training, meaningful community-based action and theory in a unique, participatory model. Students who successfully complete the INVST Community Leadership Program in its entirety will earn either the Certificate in the Study and Practice of Leadership or the Leadership Studies Minor from CU Boulder.

Change your life, while learning to change the world, in INVST.

The INVST Community Leadership Program is open to CU Boulder undergraduates from all majors and departments. You may be a freshman, sophomore, or junior when you apply.

Inclusion Commitment:

We actively seek and support the participation of individuals and communities that reflect diversity of ability status, age, color, documentation status, ethnicity, gender, gender variance, life experience, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and veteran status.

Commitment to Anti-oppressive Education:

INVST Community Studies is committed to anti-oppressive education. We acknowledge the importance of examining not only how groups are oppressed but also how groups are privileged and how these two processes maintain social structures. We are dedicated to challenging dominant ideologies and systems, centering traditionally underrepresented voices, questioning the assumption that information is unbiased, and critiquing what is thought of as normal.

First Year Climate Justice Summer (July and August): The first summer experience is focused on energy, power, extraction and environmental sustainability in the US Southwest.

First Year Fall:          

INVS 3302/WGST 3302 Facilitating Peaceful Community Change (theory class) – 3 credits

  • Qualifies as LEAD applications course, toward Leadership Studies Minor (LSM)

INVS 3931 The Community Leadership Internship, Part 1 (skills class, with 6 hours in an internship) – 3-6 variable credits

  • Replaces LEAD 1000 requirement, toward Leadership Studies Minor (LSM)

First Year Spring:        

INVS 3932 The Community Leadership Internship, Part 2 (skills class, with 6 hours in an internship) – 3-6 variable credits

  • Qualifies as LEAD applications course, toward Leadership Studies Minor (LSM)

 

Second Year Economic Justice Summer (July and August): The second summer experience gives students the opportunity to learn about immigration, documentation, labor justice and economic justice. We will drive to the US Midwest.

Second Year Fall:             

INVS 4402 Nonviolent Social Movements (theory class) – 3 credits

  • Qualifies as LEAD foundations course, toward Leadership Studies Minor (LSM)

INVS 4931 Community Leadership in Action, Part 1 (skills class, with 6 hours implementing a community-based project) – 3-6 variable credits      

  • Qualifies as LEAD context course, toward Leadership Studies Minor (LSM)

Second Year Spring:         

INVS 4932 Community Leadership in Action, Part 2 (skills class, with 6 hours on community-based project) – 3-6 variable credits

  • Qualifies as LEAD context course, toward Leadership Studies Minor (LSM)

To complete the Leadership Studies Minor you must also take a 4-credit course, LEAD 4000, which is offered each semester. Without this course, you may still earn the Certificate in the Study and Practice of Leadership, for successfully completing each of the INVST requirements described above

We ask you to carefully consider the time commitment required for the INVST Community Leadership Program. Participants are required to do six hours of community-based action per week, during each of four semesters.  In addition, students in the INVST Community Leadership Program occasionally attend committee meetings and help with outreach, fundraising, curriculum design and staff hiring. If you would like to evaluate whether or not you have enough time to participate, the INVST staff at 303-492-8045 would be happy to discuss how your current activities might be incorporated with program requirements. It is possible, for those who would be unable to do an unpaid internship, to choose a paid internship in the first year in INVST (2018-2019), as long as such an internship can be identified in the community.

All interested students must submit a completed application by Monday, March 5, 2018. An interview will be granted to all applicants. Interviews will be conducted March 6-17, 2018 by a team of one INVST Community Leadership Program student, and one staff member or INVST graduate. Applicants will receive admissions notification no later than Friday, April 1, 2018. The first mandatory meeting for the INVST CLP class of 2017-2019 will be on Friday, April 7, 2018 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. (All applicants should set this afternoon and evening aside. If you are out of state or out of the country, this is the only reason you will be exempt from attending the first session.)

Final Application Deadline: Monday, March 5, 2018

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You can access our secure online form using the big blue "Apply Now" button on this page. If you prefer submitting a hard copy, the PDF application is also available. You may download and e-mail your completed PDF application to sabrina.sideris@colorado.edu or hand-deliver it to the INVST Community Studies office at 1201 17th Street, Suite 11 (next to the Armory on University Avenue, across the street from the back of Macky Auditorium). You may also mail it to INVST Community Studies, 471 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309. Your letter(s) of recommendation can be emailed to invst@colorado.edu or submitted with the rest of your application.

If you have any questions about the application and interview processes, contact invst@colorado.edu
FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, March 5, 2018

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We offer scholarships to those with financial need. Please apply to INVST first, and then seek financial support if you need it, at a later time.

While there are financial obligations that go along with INVST participation, please do not let them prevent you from applying to INVST! We offer scholarship support to all those who need it. For those who DO have the means (together with their families), we charge a fee. The Summer Program Activity Fee is paid by each student: $1,500 per person is due on June 1, 2017 to contribute to the costs of the Climate Justice Summer, and $1,500 per person is due in June 2018 to contribute to the costs of the Economic Justice Summer. The money raised through this fee, in addition to money raised by students, staff, and INVST board members, covers all expenses including travel, room and board, instruction, translation, materials, accommodation and home stays. The meals provided during our Justice Summers accomodate a wide variety of dietary preferences. All travel will be by car, not by plane.

Please do not let the financial obligations associated with INVST prevent you from applying!  We endeavor to provide financial assistance to students who do not have the means -- either as individuals or with the support of their families -- to pay the Summer Program Activity Fees. If you are accepted into the program and you qualify for financial assistance (by turning in the FAFSA or our alternative scholarship application), you will receive notification about the scholarship(s) you have been awarded, along with your acceptance letter. In order to ensure inclusive and diverse involvement across socio-economic lines, we provide the following support. Please contact the Program Director (303-492-8045) for more information about any of the following financial aid options:

Scholarship Opportunity:  Scholarship applicants with active Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow (ASSET) status are particularly encouraged to apply, however DACA or ASSET status is not required to be eligible for the scholarship award. Preference will be given to students who can demonstrate financial need and scholarships are eligible for renewal based on criteria established by INVST. (To donate to this fund, please go here: https://giving.cu.edu/fund/invst-community-leadership-program-summer).

Summer Program Activity Fee Scholarship:  Scholarships range from partial to full coverage of the Summer Program Activity Fees, based on funding availability and a sliding scale for eligibility. Students must apply for support from the INVST CLP and they will be notified of the scholarship amount in their acceptance letter. *** If they are eligible for federal aid, students MUST submit their most current, 2016 or 2017, FAFSA with their application to be considered for a scholarship. If applicants are ineligible for federal aid, they may submit our alternative scholarship application.

Summer Need-Based Work Study:  Students who qualify for need-based work study assistance may be able to work during the summer in the INVST office before the Juatice Summer. Submit a FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1, 2017, through the Office of Financial Aid to apply for summer and academic year work study awards.

Summer Program Activity Fee Work Exchange:  Some students may work off portions of the Summer Program Activity Fee (SPAF) by assisting in the INVST office at an exchange rate that equates each hour of work to $10.00, discounted off the fee.  The total amount a student is eligible to work is based on the sliding scale.  A contract must be completed for work exchange through INVST, in advance of the SPAF deadline of June 1, 2017.

Summer Program Activity Fee Interest-Free Payment Plan:  Some students may delay payment of the Summer Program Activity Fee (SPAF). Repayment amounts and eligibility are decided on a case-by-case basis, in advance of the SPAF deadline of June 1, 2017.

The Jim Downton Community Leadership Scholarship of up to $5,000 towards CU Boulder tuition will be awarded to two students in the incoming INVST class of 2017-2019. This scholarship will be granted to those who demonstrate need and are residents of the state of Colorado.

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Earn the Leadership Studies Minor from CU-Boulder, or the Certificate in the Study and Practice of Leadership!

For more information, please see the following web site: Leadership Studies Minor administered by CU Engage

For more information, contact us at 303-492-8045 or invst@colorado.edu.