Community-Engaged Fellows are DU advanced undergraduate (3rd year and above) and graduate students who are passionate advocates for the public purpose of higher education and DU’s public good mission. They have experience working with communities to address identified needs and solve public problems. They believe in the power of authentic community engagement to support thriving communities and understand its utility as a method for research, teaching, and creative work. They seek to integrate community engagement into their own scholarship and future professional endeavors.
What do Community-Engaged Fellows do?
Fellows offer presentations to departments/units, classes on DUGC programs as well as other CCESL offerings. Fellows are also expected to attend DUGC events including but not limited to Fireside Chats and Forums.
Each Fellow mentors a cohort of DU Grand Challenges Student Scholars, providing guidance and facilitating critical reflection in civic action-planning, community partnership development, and ePortfolio creation. They work with the Scholar Shop Coordinator to connect DUGC Student Scholars with community partners and provide leadership and oversight for the projects that emerge. They support Scholars in writing ACE grant proposals and implementing ACE projects.
With support from CCESL staff, Fellows create projects that meet identified gaps/needs relating to community engagement at the University of Denver. Projects might include repositories of discipline- based engagement literature, toolkits for interdisciplinary collaboration, reviews of DU policy/practice that advances or stymies community engagement, assessment of community partner experiences, etc.
Fellows may workshop their own community-engaged scholarship (thesis/dissertation projects) with their peers, share lessons learned, practice presentations, etc.
Fellows participate in rigorous professional development in community organizing, community-engaged methods, and theories of the public good in contemporary American higher education. Fellows co-determine additional professional development needs throughout the year.
Fellows create a critical reflection ePortfolio to curate artifacts, document and assess their learning, and make connections between their work and their field of study, professional identity, etc.
Fellows receive an hourly wage of at least $18/hour as well as access to project funds, professional development, mentorship, and access to a network of peers who use community engaged methods in their scholarly pursuits.
Fellows must be able to commit 10-12 hours a week to the program. That commitment includes a standing 90 minute weekly team meeting and an individual bi-weekly 30 minute check-in with the DUGC program manager. Fellows are asked to spend at least 4 hours a week in the CCESL office, which is located in the Community Commons. Exceptions may be granted on a case by case basis.