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CU Denver Strategic Priority 3:

Community Impact


Strategic Priorities - Community Impact

Strengthen our position and impact as a vital community asset.

Driver: Paul Teske, Dean of the School of Public Affairs

Selected Initiatives (updated June 2018):

  • Planning is underway for a new center (“CityCenter”) to serve as a resource hub for CU Denver’s urban research and engagement initiatives, connecting the broader community with the university through partnerships and projects. The center is planned as a physical “front door” that highlights activities of Colorado's only public urban research university and invites the community to connect with the university’s talents to solve complex problems. Staff are working to identify initial projects to highlight, including those, such as the Colorado Smart Cities Alliance, in which CU Denver is the key academic research partner. Construction on the center, to be housed in the first floor of the CU Denver building, began in May 2018.

  • The CU in the City campaign, launched in February 2017, offers a vision of CU Denver as the city’s intellectual, cultural, and commercial hub. It is the first time in recent memory that the CU Denver communication strategy directly aligns with its strategic goal. A group of Brand Ambassadors—students, faculty, and staff—has offered continual feedback on the campaign.
  • A monthly “Welcome, Neighbors” e-newsletter was launched in January 2017 to connect CU Denver with LoDo community members by spotlighting campus events of interest that are open to the public.

  • A Community Engagement Inventory Survey was distributed in 2017, inventorying faculty/staff on their initiatives and surveying community partners on the impact of CU Denver engagement efforts.
    • 90 CU Denver faculty/staff members and 40 community partners completed the survey.
    • As part of a Civic Health & Equity grant, the team implementing the survey also held in-person meetings with faculty/staff to better understand their community engagement efforts and needs.
    • A report on the survey results is expected to be completed by August 2018.
    • The results of this effort will determine CU Denver’s readiness to apply for 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

  • CU Denver signed the Campus Compact’s Action Statement in 2017, committing to complete and publicly share a Campus Civic Action Plan by August 2018. The plan will state the actions our campus will take to ensure that our teaching, research, and institutional actions, along with the impacts we expect to achieve, contribute to the public good.
    • Related to the Compact’s national effort, CU Denver is also a key partner in the local “Anchor Institution network​” supported by the Denver Foundation, to help build community wealth equitably, via intentional purchasing, training and hiring.

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