S. Myers-Lipton

Gaia Mika

James Downton

James Scarritt

INVST 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.

The original two-year program has evolved over the past three decades to make sure we are always teaching about timely topics, but INVST maintains the same structure and focus. How we do our work always evolves but what we do has remained consistent for 30 years!

INVST operates under this 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