From the Tag to the #Hashtag: A Brief Case Study on Street Art in RiNo

When I first learned I had been chosen as the gentrification community-engaged fellow at CCESL I had a rush of dichotomous emotions – excitement, confusion and overwhelming fear. How could I possibly focus on the broad and complex term of “gentrification”? As a recent transplant to the Denver Metro Area, I quickly learned small, long-standing … Continue reading From the Tag to the #Hashtag: A Brief Case Study on Street Art in RiNo

Public Participation: The Processes of Citizen Engagement for the Public Good

What is Public Participation? In the world of policy making and planning, there seems to be a growing conversation on the role of public participation in developing smarter and more effective policies. More public participation has been lauded as a potential solution to address a variety of governance issues, from allocation of environmental resources like … Continue reading Public Participation: The Processes of Citizen Engagement for the Public Good

The Harm of Quietistic Tendencies

Quietistic—crippled by what could go wrong and give up on politics as a meaningful pursuit.  According to Marriam-Webster, quietism is “a passive withdrawn attitude or policy toward the world or worldly affairs.”  That word—quietistic—strikes me as an easy alternative to working through my identity as a privileged student (because of my race, economic status, ability, etc).  I work … Continue reading The Harm of Quietistic Tendencies

The B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) Empathize with Refugees

With more humans holding refugee status than any other time in history, more of the global community have found ways to create empathy and find opportunities to connect with those refugees in need.  This year, the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization (BBYO), a group of thousands of Jewish teens all over the world, selected Denver as the … Continue reading The B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) Empathize with Refugees

Learning about Photovoice as a Community-Engaged Fellow

I knew very little about photovoice when I jumped in as a facilitator with the North Denver Photovoice Project a year ago. In the time since, I have enjoyed learning about photovoice as a meaningful community engagement process that brings together local residents to identify and address strengths and concerns in their communities through photography, … Continue reading Learning about Photovoice as a Community-Engaged Fellow

The Dos and Don’ts of Doodle: Or, How to Hold Large Meetings Between Busy People from On and Off Campus

For the last two years, I have served as the Writing & the Public Good CCESL Fellow, which has meant exposure to the community-engaged work of faculty across campus, participation in programs like Community Spotlights, Scholar Shop, and CCESL Forums, and extraordinary mentorship.  This year, we Fellows were also invited to participate in one of four Collective Impact … Continue reading The Dos and Don’ts of Doodle: Or, How to Hold Large Meetings Between Busy People from On and Off Campus

Why Access to and Retention in Education Matters to Me

In the fall of 2015, I walked onto the University of Denver’s (DU) campus as a student for the first time. I remember walking into my undergraduate freshmen resident hall with my arms full of some of my favorite books from home, watching everyone around me move into their rooms while joking and laughing with … Continue reading Why Access to and Retention in Education Matters to Me