Designers Without Boundaries Habitat for Humanity Build 2008
What is Designers Without Boundaries?
Designers Without Boundaries (DWB) is an academic support and scholarship program for first-generation and historically-underrepresented students in the undergraduate B.ENVD program.
In 2006, the College of Architecture and Planning’s DWB program joined the CU Leadership, Excellence, Achievement and Diversity (CU-LEAD) Alliance with the vision of promoting academic excellence within a diverse environment.
The mission of DWB is to enrich the academic experience and provide opportunities for students to interact and build community with students, staff, and faculty in meaningful ways that promote a collaborative, cooperative and supportive environment in order to improve retention, increase civic engagement, and graduate successful students into the design professions.
Designers Without Boundaries offers a limited number of participation grants each year to incoming freshmen. Awards are granted at $1500 per academic year ($750/semester) for four years. Application deadlines vary. Please contact the program coordinator for further information.
Eligibility for participation grants is determined by:
- Financial need
- Statement of intent
- Academic performance
- Acceptance and enrollment into the College of Architecture and Planning
- Demonstrated commitment to extracurricular activities
Members who are funded are required to enter into a Participation Agreement that indicates the member’s commitment to participate in programming activities with Designers Without Boundaries and the CU-LEAD Alliance as well as strive for academic excellence. Awards are renewed annually contingent on member participation and academic performance/GPA.
The key components of the Designers Without Boundaries program include:
- Tutoring in physics and calculus
- Leadership and team building workshops
- Collaboration with community organization on service learning projects, such as Habitat for Humanity
- Job skill and resume/portfolio seminars
- Faculty speaker series
- Peer mentoring program
- One-credit hour academic seminar
- DWB Academic Enrichment Center
- Academic monitoring and intervention system
What is the CU-LEAD Alliance?
The CU Leadership, Excellence, Achievement and Diversity (CU-LEAD) Alliance is a set of multidisciplinary academic “neighborhoods” within colleges/schools at the University of Colorado at Boulder whose students, faculty, and staff are united to promote diversity and educational excellence for first-generation and historically-underrepresented students.
These neighborhoods build community by providing academic enrichment, leadership activities, scholarships, small group classes, personal links to faculty and staff, a gathering place, counseling and mentoring services, and opportunities for community service.
For more information, contact:
Program Supervisor, Designers Without Boundaries