Funding for Research/Creative Work

The University of Denver’s vision is to be “a great private university dedicated to the public good.” As a means to achieving this vision, the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL) and the Office for Public Good Strategy & Research (OPG) oversees the Public Good Fund, an annual fund of $100,000 to promote and increase community-engaged research and creative work that involves faculty and community. Additionally, during the academic year 23-24, DU’s Office for Public Good Strategy and Research will recognize faculty mentoring excellence and advance their community-engaged signature work with undergraduate students with two awards through the Signature Faculty & Students Program.

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What is Community-Engaged Scholarship?

At DU, community-engaged scholarship:

  • Addresses public problems;
  • Emphasizes the co-production of knowledge in the context of reciprocal and mutually beneficial partnerships with community stakeholders;
  • Values critical approaches that strive for equity and inclusion;
  • Demonstrates strong collaboration with community partners in all stages of the research or creative work process, from proposal and project development to implementation and dissemination.
  • Includes dissemination to multiple audiences (e.g., traditional academic audiences, community audiences).

CCESL defines community broadly to include university-community partnerships with nonprofits, grassroots organizations, government agencies or entrepreneurs/businesses.

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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Signature Faculty & Students Program

The DU Signature Faculty and Student Program recognizes faculty with records of excellence in mentoring undergraduate signature work in order to support their capacity to mentor collaborative, community-engaged signature work that addresses DU Grand Challenges issue areas. DU’s Office of Public Good Strategy and Research will make two awards of up to $26,750 in AY 2023-2024. 

The 2023-2024 award recipients have been selected. Check back in Fall 2024 for the next cycle. To learn more about the program, click below. 

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Public Good Fund

Public Good Grants will be awarded in AY 2023-2024. Public Good Grants are available up to $20,000 for projects that will result in measurable public impact through community-engaged research or creative work that is conducted in the context of mutually beneficial and reciprocal community partnership.

Please note that the Public Good Fund Review Committee welcomes proposals with smaller budgets, particularly in cases where faculty are new to community-engaged research or working with relatively new community partners.

The 2023-2024 Public Good Fund call for proposals is now open. The deadline to submit proposals is March 4th, 2024.

Read the 2023-2024 RFP

Public Good Fund Info Sessions

Faculty members doing community-engaged work or research are invited to an info session on November 8, 2023, and/or January 18, 2024, to learn more about crafting proposals for the Public Good Fund.

If you missed the info session you can view a recording below. Please reach out to Cara DiEnno (cara.dienno@du.edu) with any questions. 

November 2023 Recording

Public Good Fund Final Report Templates

If you've come to the end of your Public Good Fund project, please select the final report template that corresponds to the type of grant you received.

Past Recipients

  • Public Good Grant Recipients

    2022 - 2023 

    Ramona Beltrán & Kelly Fayard| Graduate School of Social Work, Anthropology

    Project Title: Orange Shirt Day Denver Project – A Needs-Assessment for Denver Urban American Indian Survivors & Descendants of Indian Boarding Schools 

    Reginald Byron | Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

    Project Title: Broadening the Impact of the Philadelphia Obituary Project 

    David Coppini & Kareem El Damanhoury | Media, Film, and Journalism Studies

    Project Title: Digital Media Literacy for High Schoolers: Designing and Evaluating a Week-long Intervention

    Roger Holland | Lamont School of Music

    Project Title: Black Catholic Liturgical Renewal

    Kamilah Legette | Psychology

    Project Title: Promoting Positive Schooling Experiences in Denver Public Schools

     

    2021-2022

    Angela Narayan | Psychology

    Project Title: A Child-Focused Benevolent Childhood Experiences (BCEs) Scale for Community Providers who work with Families

    Rebecca Galemba | Josef Korbel School of International Studies

    Project Title: Due Process and the Dedicated Docket

    Linda Mendez Barrientos | Josef Korbel School of International Studies

    Project Title: Science to Empower: Leveraging groundwater-level modeling for domestic water security in California

    Alejandro Ceron | Anthropology

    Project Title: "Esencial: An online community archive to disseminate the stories of Colorado agricultural workers"

    Sarah Bexell | Graduate School of Social Work. Institute for Human Animal Connection

    Project Title: "Co-Creating K-12 Humane and Ecologically Minded Professional Development Programming

     

    2020-2021

    Kimberly Bender | Graduate School of Social Work

    Project Title: Deepening understanding of young peoples’ sense of community and security in permanent supportive housing

    Ashley Hamilton | College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences, DU Prison Arts Initiative

    Project Title: If Light Closed Its Eyes Documentary

    Carol Helstosky & Elizabeth Escobedo | College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences, History

    Project Title: Veterans Legacy Program Continuation

     

    2019-2020

    Marquisha Scott & Dr. Aleysia Whitmore | Lamont School of Music, Ethnomusicology/Musicology

    Project Title: Sacred Sounds and Social Justice

    Matthew Taylor, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics | Geography

    Project Title: Assessing Water (In)Security at the Household Level During Times of Economic and Political Crisis in Nicaragua: Data for Action

    Mike Nguyen, Morgridge College of Education | Higher Education

    Project Title: Understanding the Educational Experiences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

    Andrea Stanton, College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences | Religious Studies

    Project Title: Post-Conversion Experiences of Denver-based Converts to Islam

     

    2018-2019

    Jing Li, Paul Sutton, & Guiming Zhang |  College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Geography & the Environment

    Project Title: Sacred Sounds and Social Justice

    Elizabeth Campbell | College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences, Center for Art Collection Ethics (ACE), History

    Project Title: Ethical Stewardship of Native American Heritage

    Yolanda Anyon, Kathryn Wiley, & Cassandra Johnson | Graduate School of Social Work

    Project Title: Sankofic Journey to Inclusive and Affirming Early Care & Learning Environments for Black Children

    Julia Roncoroni | Morgridge College of Education, Counseling Psychology

    Project Title: Cook Eat Share: Community-Participatory Cookbook Project

    Breigh Roszelle | Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

    Project Title: Development of Middle School STEM Workshops for Underrepresented Students

    Shannon Allen | Morgridge College of Education, Center for Rural School Health & Education

    Project Title: South Conejos Substance Use Prevention Collaborative

    Krystyna Matusiak | Morgridge College of Education, Research Methods and Information Science (RMIS), Library and Information Science (LIS)

    Project Title: Community Resilience: Preserving and Promoting the Park County Local History Archives 

    Gloria Miller | Morgridge College of Education, Teaching and Learning Sciences Department

    Project Title: Partnering with Community Navigators on Cultural Sharing Conversations

    Hanson Nyantakyi-Frimpong | College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Department of Geography and the Environment

    Project Title: Using Participatory Scenario Planning and Photovoice to Understand Community Resilience Under Anticipated Climate Change Impacts

    Jennifer Greenfield, Eugene Walls, Donny Gerke | Graduate School of Social Work

    Project Title: Trans Health Literacy: Supporting Colorado Communities through Research Education, and Policy Advocacy

    Michael Sousa | Sturm College of Law

    Project Title: Access to Justice for Low-income Consumers: How the Legal System Reproduces Economic Inequality in Debt Collection Proceedings

    Barbekka Hurtt | College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Department of Biology

    Project Title: Health Professions Highway - Creating a Self-sustaining, Culturally Diverse Pipeline to Develop Future Healthcare Professionals

    Zoe Tobier & Esteban Gomez | University Writing Program & College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology

    Project Title: This is My Denver: Using Visual Anthropology and Multimodal Composition to Foster Arts-Based Community Activism at North High School

    Anamika Barman-Adhikari & Daphne Brydon | Graduate School of Social Work

    Project Title: Adaptation of a Network-based Substance Use Prevention Intervention for Young Adults Who Experience Homelessness

    Erin Anderson, Garrett Roberts, & Duan Zhang | Morgridge College of Education, Departments of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Teaching and Learning Sciences, & Research Methods and Information Science

    Project Title: Opening Doors to the Working World for Underrepresented Youth through Documenting K-12 Students' Professional Competencies with Online Microcredentials
     

     

    2016-2017

    Lynn Schofield Clark & Yolanda Anyon | College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies & Graduate School of Social Work

    Project Title: Incorporating Video Storytelling into Trauma-Informed Practice with Low-Income Youth of Color

    W. Neil Gowensmith | Graduate School of Professional Psychology

    Project Title: Community Reentry through a Different Lens

    Barbekka Hurtt & Nancy Lorenzon | College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Department of Biological Sciences

    Project Title: Health Professions Highway: Creating a Self-Sustaining, Culturally Diverse Pipeline to Develop Future Healthcare Professionals

    Shannon Murphy, Robin Tinghitella, & Jennifer Hoffman | College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Departments of Biological Sciences & Physics and Astronomy

    Project Title: DUSciTech2017: Pathways to STEM Careers for Girls of Color and Low-Income Girls in Denver

    Christine Nelson & Sophia Cisneros | Morgridge College of Education & College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Department of Physics and Astronomy

    Project Title: Scaffolding STEM Mentorship for Native Youth: Math|Culture|Environment (M|C|E)

    Andrea Stanton | College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Department of Religious Studies

    Project Title: Our Diverse America: Developing ESL-Appropriate EBook Chapters that Showcase America's Diversity

    Sarah Enos Watamura | College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology

    Project Title: Identifying Risk and Protective Factors for Refugee Children: Promoting Effective Screening and Referral
     

    2015-2016

    Yolanda Anyon | Graduate School of Social Work

    Project Title: Increasing Opportunities for Organizational Leadership and Decision-Making Among Low-Income Youth of Color in After School Programs

    Bonnie Clark | College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology

    Project Title: New Communities of Memory: The DU Amache Project 2016-2017

    Oliver Kaplan | Josef Korbel School of International Studies

    Project Title: The Korbel Asylum Project

    Shannon Murphy, Robin Tinghitella, & Jennifer Hoffman | College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Departments of Biological Sciences & Physics and Astronomy

    Project Title: DUSciTech: A STEM Summer Camp for Girls from Underrepresented Backgrounds at the University of Denver

    Cecilia Orphan | Morgridge College of Education

    Project Title: Leading Collective Civic Impact: Measuring and Advancing Higher Education's Contributions to Civic Health in Colorado Community
    Partner(s): Campus Compact of the Mountain West

    Matthew Taylor | College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Department of Geography and the Environment

    Project Title: People in the Path of the Nicaragua Canal: Working with Popol Na and Local Communities to Document Current Livelihoods to Permit a More Just Resettlement
     

    2014-2015

    Kim Bender & Anamika Barman-Adhikari | Graduate School of Social Work

    Project Title: Photovoice Youth Voice

    Erica Chenoweth | Korbel School of International Studies

    Project Title: Production, Dissemination, and Evaluation of a Short Video Highlighting the Historical Record of Nonviolent Resistance

    Mailk Nwosu | College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

    Project Title: Contextualizing African/African American Migration and Diaspora Narratives

    Raja Raghunath & Rebecca Galemba, Sturm College of Law & Josef Korbel School of International Studies

    Project Title: Wage Theft in the Commercial Construction Industry in Denver

    Ryan Gildersleeve | Morgridge College of Education

    Project Title: EPIC Navigators Task Force: A Youth Participatory Research Project

    Eugene Walls | Graduate School of Social Work

    Project Title: The Stigma Effect: The Role of Internalized Racism and Internalized Homophobia in Risky Sexual Behavior Among Black Gay Men

    Judy Kiyama | Morgridge College of Education

    Project Title: Cultivating Educational Aspirations in Low-Income Families of Color through Education, Engagement, and Empowerment

    Jennifer Greenfield | Graduate School of Social Work

    Project Title: Latina Mothers' Experience in the NICU: An Explanation of the Barriers and Facilitators of Maternal Engagement with Preterm Infants

     

    2013-2014

    Erin Willer | College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Communication Studies

    Project Title: The Scraps of the Heart Project: Storying Infant Death and Healing Parents Through Scrapbooking

    Martin Quigley & Matthew Taylor | College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Departments of Biological Sciences & Geography and Environmental Sciences

    Project Title: Mitigation of Environment and Socioeconomic Consequences of Water Scarcity in Rural Landscape Conversion

    Vicki Tomlin & Maria Riva | Morgridge College of Education, Department of Counseling Psychology

    Project Title: Refugee Community Collaboration

    Keith Miller | College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Project Title: Designing Interactive Activities to Stimulate Informal Science Learning in Public Libraries

    Ramona Beltran | Graduate School of Social Work

    Project Title: RiseUp!: A Culture-Centered HIV/AIDS Prevention Program for Indigenous Youth

    Bonnie Clark | College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology

    Project Title: Fostering Communities of Memory: The DU Amache Project 2014-2015

    William Gowensmith | Graduate School of Professional Psychology

    Project Title: Expansion of the College Gateway Program

    Sam Museus | Morgridge College of Education

    Project Title: The Collecting Asian American and Pacific Islander Refugee Stories (CARS) Project

    Alejandro Ceron Valdes | College of Arts Humanities, and Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology

    Project Title: Evaluation of Procurement and Supply of Medicines in Guatemala's Public Health System: Case Studies

    Cheri Young | Knoebel School of Hospitality Management

    Project Title: Humanity, Hope, and Hospitality

  • Public Good BRIDGE Grant Recipients

    2022-2023

    Esteban Gómez & Bonnie Clark | Anthropology

    Project Title: Snapshots of Confinement

    Kristina Hesbol | Morgridge College of Education

    Project Title: The Rural Innovative School Leadership Networked Improvement Community: Learning from Each Other Across Rural Communities

    Hanson Nyantakyi-Frimpong | Geography & the Environment

    Project Title: Northern Ghana Agroecology Project

    María del Carmen Salazar | Morgridge College of Education

    Project Title: Achieving Excellence Academy: A partnership between the Denver Public Schools and the University of Denver

     

    2019-2020

    Tara Raines | Morgridge College of Education

    Project Title: Continuing the Sankofic Journey to Inclusive and Affirming Early Care & Learning Environments for Black Children

    Krystyna Matusiak | Morgridge College of Education, Research Methods and Information Science (RMIS), Library and Information Science (LIS)

    Project Title: Expanding the Reach and Sustaining the Park County Local History Digital Archive

     

    2018-2019

    Shannon Murphy, Robin Tinghitella, & Jennifer Hoffman | College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Biological Sciences, Psychics & Astronomy

    Project Title: DU SciTech 2019: Building STEM identification and scientific self-efficacy with girls of color in Denver

    Marie Berry | Josef Korbel School of International Studies

    Project Title: Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative
     

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The 2023-2024 Public Good Fund call for proposals is now open. The deadline to submit proposals is March 4th, 2024.

Read the 2023-2024 RFP

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Note: CCESL programs, including this one, undergo an antiracist, anti-oppression review at least annually. In 2020, the review process led to revision of the program description and application materials; changes in the composition of review committee to include 1-2 community members; the addition of training for grant reviewers as well as information sessions for potential applicants.