Opportunities for Faculty & Staff

At CCESL, we believe in the power of partnerships developed between DU and the community that are forged from mutual trust, respect, and commitment to create positive change.

CCESL provides workshops, grants, events, consultation and other resources supporting faculty and staff who seek to use community-engaged methods in their work. Community-engaged methods support teaching, research/creative work, and service. Community-engaged projects focus on strengths and assets, build power, and rely upon a sharing of resources for mutual benefit.

Training & Community Building

We work with faculty to transform teaching and curriculum while championing hands-on learning in collaboration with community partners. Whether you are new to community engagement or have used engaged methods before, we have professional development opportunities for you. 

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Grants & Resources

CCESL provides grants to support projects rooted in mutually beneficial relationships with community partners. Need help finding a partner?  Explore our list of partners seeking DU collaborators under 'Connect with a Community Partner'.



CCESL events provide faculty and staff with opportunities to deepen their community-engaged practice and connect with others at DU, in the community, and beyond. 

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Community-Engaged Signature Work

In collaboration with the Associate Vice Provost for Public Good Strategy and Research and the Faculty Director of Signature work, we support faculty mentoring student community-engaged signature work. 

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Connect with an Expert 

Get expert advice from colleagues or hear the perspective of a community collaborator who has been a partner on a community-engaged project through the Community Engagement Luminaries program. 

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Engaged Practitioner

DU is a member of Campus Compact, a national coalition of colleges and universities committed to advancing the public purposes of higher education. This year’s national conference, Compact24: Higher Education Civic & Community Engagement as the Way Forward, will be hosted in Denver at the Hilton Denver City Center from April 7-10, 2024. CCESL will cover the registration fees for up to 5 DU faculty members. Interested faculty members must apply by November 15, 2023 at noon. 

The application period is now closed. Check back for future Engaged Practitioner opportunities. To learn more about the conference, click below. 

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Demonstrating Community Engagement

Have you received funding, attended a training, participated in programming, or otherwise been connected with CCESL? We encourage you to indicate your affiliation with CCESL when you update your faculty materials in Watermark Faculty Success (formerly Activity Insite). By doing so, you will help illustrate CCESL’s support of the work of faculty from across campus. 

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