• ECM group photo
  • DWB ice skating

Designers Without Boundaries (DWB) is an academic scholarship program for first-generation and underrepresented students in the Program in Environmental Design.


To enrich the academic experience of students through inclusive excellence and provide opportunities to build community with other students, staff and faculty in meaningful ways that promote a collaborative, cooperative and supportive environment. 



CU Lead

Designers Without Boundaries is part of the CU-LEAD Alliance, a set of multi-disciplinary academic neighborhoods in each college and school at the University of Colorado Boulder where students, faculty, and staff are united in promoting academic excellence within a diverse campus environment. CU-LEAD neighborhoods strive to build community through academic enrichment activities, scholarships, small group courses, personal links to faculty and staff, common gathering areas, counseling and mentoring, and opportunities for community engagement.

Designers Without Boundaries strives to provide an effective academic service program focused on improving retention, increasing civic engagement and graduating successful students into the design professions. DWB reflects the University of Colorado Boulder's Flagship 2030 goal of fostering learning in a diverse world while creating a welcoming and inclusive environment.

"By 2030, CU-Boulder will be a model for the nation in applying best practices in support of diversity and inclusive excellence." ~Flagship 2030