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University of Denver
Private Higher Education
Date Approved

DU Grand Challenges (DUGC) arose from belief in the potential for transformative learning and discovery when students, faculty, and communities tackle the world’s most urgent problems together. DUGC addresses three inter-related public problems: how to improve daily living, increase economic opportunity, and advance deliberation and action for the public good. These multidisciplinary issue areas connect to AVDF interest areas, such as environmental sustainability, cross-cultural collaboration, and leadership for diverse and inclusive communities. Given success piloting eight DUGC programs in Academic Year (AY) 18-19 with a Planning Grant, we propose to scale a program suite that will integrate DUGC across undergraduate academic, co-curricular, and public experiences as well as provide immersive experiences for DUGC Student Scholars using high impact practices. DUGC will 1) advance collaboration between students, faculty, staff, and community partners to address complex public problems; 2) transform undergraduate education so that all students can access pathways to experiences that prepare them to be civic change agents, and 3) lead higher education in new ways of working in partnership with communities to create the conditions for a more just and sustainable world.