How Can You Participate?
CU Engage provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students -- from all academic disciplines -- to apply their academic training to partnerships with community groups and projects advancing social justice. Our courses focus on critical thinking and skill-building to support and equip students to become leaders in their communities. We give students the opportunity to connect and collaborate with community partners to address complex social problems. We offer research opportunities and cohort-based, small classes for undergraduate students and graduate students. Our instructional team supports students with individualized learning and mentorship.
Mateo Vela, Aquetza and Puksta Scholars Graduate
The best part of participating in CU Engage Programs were the connections and partnerships that I made. I have access to a vast network of organizers as a result of my involvement in both Puksta and Aquetza.
Areyana Proctor, Multicultural Leadership Scholars, INVST Community Studies, and Public Achievement Graduate
The community that I have made, the friends, the connections, and mentors that I now have, are the most rewarding part of being a participant in multiple CU Engage Programs.
Kieran White, INVST Community Studies and Leadership Studies Minor Graduate
Doing both the INVST program and the Leadership Studies Minor (LSM), I felt that I was able to share my eco-social justice community-based approach to leadership with classmates from other pathways in my LSM class and identify the ways that our visions of leadership aligned and diverged. I think that was really interesting and made me feel like a more well-rounded leader in the end.
How Do Students Move Through the Programs?
Community-Based Research for Graduate Students
Each spring semester, CU Engage invites applications for a new cohort of graduate student fellows in Community-Based Research (CBR). In CBR, university researchers collaborate with people directly impacted by an issue to formulate a research project or creative project that examines an issue of public concern. Guided by values of equity and participation, CBR teams draw on varied forms of expertise and collectively decide on goals and methods with the aim of producing public knowledge that builds capacity for the partner organization and/or contributes to social change. Please contact the CU Engage Office for more information about these courses and programs as well as other opportunities on campus and in the region.