Increasing Economic Opportunity

Increasing economic opportunity includes expanding education access, improving infrastructure, fulfilling employment rights, and decreasing poverty.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, we engaged with our communities to identify shared aspirations for increasing economic opportunity through Forums, 'A Community Table' and additional programming. The action phase for this issue area will commence in the 2019-2020 academic year.

Increasing Economic Opportunity- Gathering Aspirations


This year’s DU Grand Challenges Forums are organized around scholarship that can inform understanding of barriers and prospects to increasing economic opportunities in our communities. In the fall quarter, Forums addressed education access and innovation and entrepreneurship. In the Winter quarter, Forums took a look at access to work and workplace equity. Finally, the Spring quarter Forum explored transportation and infrastructure. Across Forums, attendees examine links between the organizing theme and interrelated issues. They then identify entry points for broad cross-sector collaborations that will drive collective action in the years ahead.

Watch the Economic Opportunity Forums

A Community Table

The 2nd annual A Community Table took place on April 10, 2019, and brought together government, business, and community leaders as well as community members, students, staff, faculty, and alumni for civic and civil dialogue.

104 Registered Table Conversations

7 States Participating in 'A Community Table'

10% of Conversations in Spanish

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