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University of Denver
Private Higher Education
Date Approved

The University of Denver seeks to realize the potential of the liberal arts and its vision for the public good by expanding student community-engaged signature work through DU Grand Challenges (DUGC). Community-engaged signature work offers students mentored experiences through which they transfer learning from their classes to address complex problems for the public good. This project is designed to build on programs developed with prior AVDF funding to overcome barriers to scaling community-engaged signature work by enhancing faculty leadership, increasing resources and recognition, and preparing students to pursue community-engaged signature work. These activities will be carried out through a suite of programs that offer multiple pathways for faculty, staff, and graduate students to mentor undergraduate students. Over three years, this project is expected to influence the trajectories of more than 700 students, faculty, and graduate students as well as provide a template for other universities to demonstrate the power of the liberal arts.