The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences thrives by interacting with the Denver and Colorado communities on projects and issues. Students and faculty both benefit from the on the ground experience offered by community-based programs. UCD works to partner with numerous non-profits, centers and organizations to ensure a consistently relevant approach to real-life situations facing our world. Some of our partners in this community outreach effort include:
Smart-Girl Leadership Institute
Smart-Girl is a prevention and enrichment program that trains college students to lead and inspire adolescent girls to make smart choices and become confident, capable and self-reliant women. UC Denver students earn credit while they build the skills to lead small groups of girls through a fun and effective curriculum.
Captured Words/Free Thoughts
Captured Words/Free Thoughts is a collection of poems, stories and testimonials produced in the Writing Workshop held at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility. Edited by Associate Professor Stephen John Hartnett, the chair of the Department of Communication, the magazine has also printed works from prisoners held in Illinois, Michigan, Texas, California, Kansas, New Jersey and Arizona, thus offering a national snapshot of the tragedy of mass incarceration.
Clinical Health Psychology
The American Psychological Association (APA) defines Clinical Health Psychology as a specialty that applies scientific knowledge to the promotion and maintenance of health; Clinical Health Psychologists also work to prevent disease and provide strategies to cope with illness. In the new graduate program, students are trained as scientist practitioners: they research and assist in clinical settings in a continuous cycle of study and application, inquiry and implementation.
Ethics and Critical Theory
The University of Colorado Denver (UCD) Program in Ethics and Critical Theory engages contemporary social problems through research, teaching, and civic participation. The Program was created in the belief that an interdisciplinary and historically informed approach to social problems, when coupled with social cooperation and engagement, is the most effective means for social progress and the advancement of knowledge.