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.
Based on this approach the following principles guide engagement:
- Experiential & Reflective Learning
- Collaborative & Reciprocal Relationships
- Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
- Student Empowerment
- Sustainable Change