Community-Engaged Fellows


The Community-Engaged Fellows program was created to advance aspects of the Collaboration for the Public Good strategic initiative of the university's strategic plan, IMPACT 2025. In partnership with DUGC staff, Fellows advance interdisciplinary community-engaged work across the university that supports thriving communities.


Community-Engaged Fellows are advanced undergraduate 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.


Ambassadorship. Presentations to departments/units, classes on resources, models of engagement, discipline-based best practices, Scholar Shop, etc. Participants in DU/community events, workshops, forums, etc.

Mentorship. Each Fellow mentors a cohort of DU Grand Challenges Student Scholars, providing guidance and facilitating critical reflection in civic action-planning, community partnership development, ePortfolio creation. They work with Scholar Shop 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.

Scholarship. 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 co-author articles as appropriate for academic journals (Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education) and other non-academic outlets.

Personal/Professional Development. Fellows participate in rigorous professional development in community organizing, community-engaged teaching, community-engaged research, collective impact, and theories of the public good in contemporary American higher education.

Reflection. 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 A $5,000 stipend; access to project funds; opportunities to participate in ongoing community-engaged research efforts, professional development, mentorship;, and access to a network of peers who are using community engagement in their scholarly pursuits.


The 2020-2021 CE Fellows application has closed. 

For more information about Community-Engaged Fellows, contact Katie Kleinhesselink, DU Grand Challenges Program Manager, at

2020-2021 FELLOWS

CCESL welcomed eight students to the program for the 2020-2021 academic year.

  • Kelly Bonk

  • Mandeep Karki

  • Tifini Kamara

  • Dilkush Khan

  • Meghan McCarroll

  • Gabriela Recinos

  • Shubham Sapkota

  • Deborah Seok


The Community-Engaged Fellows program is made possible by a generous grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.