Published: April 1, 2016

Congratulations SabrinaSabrina Sideris, Program Director for the CU Engage program INVST Community Studies, was honored with the 2016 Anne K. Heinz Staff Award for Excellence in Outreach and Engagement at a special awards luncheon on March 30.

The award was given though the Office of Outreach and Engagement, in honor of Sabrina's demonstrated outstanding professional commitments to and success with community outreach and engagement initiatives, according to David Meens, Director for the Office for Outreach and Engagement.

According to Roudy Hildreth, Associate Director of CU Engage, Sideris embodies the ideals of democracy, reciprocity and social justice and brings these ideals to her leadership of the INVST program. “Sideris is a different kind of Program Director – she works democratically with students, instructors and community partners to develop INVST, foster partnerships and work for social justice,” said Hildreth in his nominating letter.

Thanks to Sideris’ leadership, INVST has cultivated relationships with more than 300 Boulder and Denver agencies that offer community-based learning opportunities to INVST students, including the Community Foundation of Boulder County, the Boulder Housing Coalition, Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, Intercambio, New Era Colorado and the Philanthropiece Foundation.

Molly Fitzpatrick, the organizing director for New Era Colorado, a local organization that works to engage young people in democracy, said in her letter of support that Sideris shows her dedication to serving others through countless trainings for members “that have made them better organizers and more prepared to engage with the diversity of the millennial generation.”

CU Engage congratulates Sabrina on her excellent work. To read more about the award and other award recepients, please visit the announcement on the Office of Outreach and Engagement webpage.