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Community Engagement

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Community Engagement describes the collaboration between CU Denver and local, national, and global communities for the mutually beneficial exchange through partnerships and collaboration (adapted from Carnegie 2006). In all of our work, we emphasize university-community partnerships that are collaborative, participatory, empowering, systemic, and transformative. Through the Office of Student Life, we offer a variety of programs that get students
involved in communities to explore social, cultural, and environmental issues while also learning about themselves and their role in a global community.​​​ 

Our mission is to develop CU Denver students into advocates of sustainable change through service and collaboration with communities to address social, cultural, and environmental injustices. 
Community engagement is approached from a justice-based and asset-based perspective​
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Based on this approach the following principles guide engagement: 
  • Experiential & Reflective Learning
  • ​​​​​Collaborative & Reciprocal Relationships​​​​​​
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Student Empowerment
  • Sustainable Change​​

Upcoming Opportunities: 



“If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

Words used by Lilla Watson, Aboriginal elder, activist and educator from Queensland, Australia




​Office of Student Life
Tivoli 127

Mailing Address:
PO Box 173364
Campus Box 83
Denver, CO 80217-3364


Phone: 303-556-5830