Opportunities for Students

Think. Connect. Act. Reflect.

CCESL provides opportunities for students to engage in meaningful collaborations with communities. Students develop the knowledge, skills, and commitments to become agents of collaborative change, believing in their power to act in concert with others.

Learn more about the Knowledge, Skills, and Commitments fostered through our student programs 

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Become a Student Scholar

Through DU Grand Challenges, a university-wide initiative powered by CCESL, DUGC Student Scholars are undergraduate students who want to learn more about the issues that matter to them, how to apply their academic learning to those issues, and develop concrete skills and tools for making change in partnership with communities. 

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Be a Community-Engaged (CE) Fellow 

Also offered through DU Grand Challenges, a university-wide initiative powered by CCESL, CE Fellows are DU advanced undergraduate and graduate students who are passionate advocates for the public purpose of higher education and DU’s public good mission.

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Connect with a Community Organization 

Through CCESL’s Scholar Shop, students can connect with local organizations to collaborate on projects that address community-identified interests while gaining hands-on experience and fulfilling their program requirements. 

Scholar Shop


Get Funding to Support Your Project 

Through DU Grand Challenges, a university-wide initiative powered by CCESL, students may apply for an Advancing Community-Engaged (ACE) Student Scholars Grant to support research or creative work projects that are collaborations with community partners and are faculty-mentored.  

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Come to an Event

We hold multiple events and workshops to learn, connect, and collaborate with others at DU and in the local community who are interested in community engagement. There are opportunities to get involved in impactful work and engage in meaningful dialogue that moves towards concrete action. 

News & Events


Take a Course for Credit 

Undergraduate students can take CCESL’s 3-course sequence to learn the foundations of community-engagement engaged methods culminating in an individualized action plan for a community-engaged academic project. Students can earn independent study credits for the implementation of their action plans. 

Course Sequence


Go for a Certificate 

CCESL offers a 12-credit undergraduate certificate that equips students with the skills, knowledge, and commitments to collaborate with communities for the public good. Students will learn the foundations of community-engaged methods and develop their action plan through CCESL's course sequence.

CCESL Certificate


Go for a Scholarship or Award 

Whether you are a current high school senior or in your final year of study at DU, CCESL’s scholarship and award programs support and recognize students committed to being catalysts for social change. 

Scholarships & Awards


Join the Graduate Student Community of Practice

The Community of Practice for graduate students is a small cohort of cross-campus graduate students who are incorporating community-engaged methods into their scholarly work.

Community of Practice


Explore Opportunities to Volunteer  

DU Service & Change (DUSC) is a student organization engaging the DU community in diverse opportunities that facilitate positive change for the greater public good. If you are a family member or alum looking to volunteer at DU, you can visit Advancement's Volunteer Portal. There are also opportunities for students to volunteer in the Denver community.