What is community-based research?

Community engaged research is "the ways faculty, staff, and students collaborate with external groups in mutually beneficial partnerships that are grounded in scholarship and consistent with our role and mission as a comprehensive, public research university."


INVST Community Studies

INVST develops students as engaged citizens and leaders who work for the benefit of humanity and the environment.  In meaningful internships, students do campaign work, volunteer recruitment, coalition building, fundraising, translation, tutoring, outreach, social media as well as case work and workshop instruction.

Public Achievement Program

Each year over 250 k-12 youth in BVSD and over 50 CU undergraduates address issues like immigration, racism, and equity. About 25 PA Teams each year imagine, research, design and implement community based projects to make a impact on a school, community or social issue.  

Research Hub for Youth Organizing

The Hub supports young people's capacity to create more just communities through field-driven research.  The Hub advances participation by co-creating and sharing research and curriculum with youth organizers, teachers, education leaders and policymakers.

Aquetza Program

Aquetza is designed to help youth from across Colorado bring their unique, diverse, and valuable perspectives and life experiences to CU Boulder, both during this summer program, and in the future when they pursue higher education.

Community-Engaged Scholars

Undergraduate Community-Engaged Scholars grants support projects that connect with communities, funding community-engaged scholarship and outreach-related activities, events, materials, travel and more.

Student-Worker Alliance Program

SWAP is a student-led organization at CU Boulder that pairs student volunteers with campus employees who need assistance speaking, reading, and writing English.

Participatory Action Research

CU Engage is committed to undertaking PAR projects with undergraduates. 

See "A Closer Look at Youth Participatory Action Research"