The School of Public Affairs is fortunate to be housed at the University of Colorado Denver, a premier research university that allows the School to attract talented academics to its core faculty.
Our location in the heart of a diverse and thriving city within a progressive swing state creates unique opportunities for our students to apply their skills to some of the nation’s most pressing issues. From education reform, to drug sentencing, to affordable housing and gang violence, our faculty conducts research, fulfills policy advisory roles and creates opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience.
Research and outreach activities at the CU Denver School of Public Affairs are organized under several initiatives:
- Faculty conduct research on a broad range of topics, including crucial issues that affect the entire nation, such as education reform, fracking, legalized marijuana, urban sustainability and water policy.
- The School of Public Affairs Institute is SPA's applied research arm and serves to inform policy development through research and evaluation. The Institute houses 5 research centers and 5 leadership development programs that enable students to help shape policy and gain invaluable experience working on real-world problems.
- The Wirth Chair in Sustainable Development serves as a community forum and convener, and as a national and global academic center for sustainability issues. Its purpose is to foster teaching, learning, collaboration, and communication among those engaged in all sectors on issues related to sustainable development.
- The mission of the Center on Domestic Violence is to end domestic violence by fostering institutional and social change through leadership development, education, research and community collaboration.