Tokenism: The Cooked Spinach of Community Engagement

“The idea of citizen participation is a little like eating spinach: no one is against it in principle because it is good for you.” (Arnstein 1969, p. 216) Photo from 2jdominic at eatthismuch.com Arnstein’s analogy from her 1969 seminal work on citizen participation brings to mind a vibrant visual of a steaming bowl of spinach. … Continue reading Tokenism: The Cooked Spinach of Community Engagement

The Power of the Next Generation (and Their Access to It)

The number one idea we interrogate in each of my masters in higher education classes is who does (insert any aspect of higher education) include? Who does this leave out or not include? This concept arises when we are talking about the historical contexts of specific colleges, when we are unpacking the canon of student … Continue reading The Power of the Next Generation (and Their Access to It)

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  According to Marriam-Webster, quietism is “a passive withdrawn attitude or policy toward the world or worldly affairs.”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