S. Myers-Lipton

Gaia Mika

James Downton

James Scarritt

INVST Community Studies was founded in 1990 at CU-Boulder by Dr. Scott Myers-Lipton, Dr. Gaia Mika, Dr. James Downton and Dr. James Scarritt.  The two-year undergraduate training program was originally called the International and National Voluntary Service Training (INVST) Program.

INVST was created in order to offer a sense of community on campus, where individuals could be supported in becoming critical thinkers, aiming their attention at the root causes of social and environmental problems while preparing to take on the challenges of the 21st century.

The original two-year program has evolved over the past two decades, and is now known as the INVST Community Leadership Program (CLP).

We continue to grow and thrive with the addition of the Youth Council for Public Policy, CU’s Public Achievement Program, and our Community Studies Electives.  These programs allow us to reach more learners. While the values that inspired the inception of INVST are alive and well, our programs now operate under a slightly broader mission statement:

We believe in the possibility of a just and sustainable world. We develop community leaders who engage in compassionate action as a lifetime commitment.

Complete INVST History