Forums & Fireside Chats

DU Grand Challenges Forums & Fireside Chats highlight topics related to the interconnected issues of Improving Daily Living, Increasing Economic Opportunity and Advancing Deliberation and Action for the Public Good.

Fireside Chats

Fireside Chats is a new, four-part series from DU Grand Challenges and Fireside at Five centering on "What Is Community?". This series aims to discuss topics that affect each of us in our community through engaging panels of academic experts, students, alumni, and community leaders. Each Fireside Chat focuses on a different topic with a goal of creating an environment where we listen to each other and share resources, allies, and connections. 

Fireside Chats are made possible by a generous grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.

Upcoming Fireside Chats

There are currently no Fireside Chats planned for the 2022-2023 academic year.


Previous 2021-2022 Fireside Chats


2021-2022 Fireside Chat Recordings


Campus and community experts share bold and provocative ideas that spark discussion among attendees on how the topic impacts our communities, providing fuel and inspiration for bold actions that help our communities thrive.

Upcoming Forums


2021-2022 Forums

  • Sustainability Conference - Feb 18, 2022

    Conference Schedule

    How can DU students, faculty, and staff collaborate effectively with diverse community members to advance equitable and ecologically sustainable outcomes in the Denver Region? On February 18th, representatives from the DU Grand Challenges (DUGC) Urban Sustainability Cohort explored this question and shared insights drawn from their leadership of key prototype initiatives, each intended to cultivate reciprocal community-university, multi-sector partnerships that contribute to one unifying result: “The Denver region supports just, inclusive and thriving communities where people and nature flourish.”

    Featured projects included:

    Participants engaged in facilitated dialogue about essential ingredients and practices for building effective community-university partnerships that cultivate the collective understanding and relational power required to address complex problems in the living systems we call home.

    The Sustainability Cohort is one of DUGC’s four collective impact cohorts in which faculty, staff and students partner with community leaders from the public, private, and civic sectors to improve daily life, now and in the future through interdisciplinary, community-based scholarship and learning

  • DUGC Celebration - May 18, 2022

    A celebratory Forum that highlighted the amazing work done by individuals and teams through the DU Grand Challenges initiative over the years. 

Forums from Previous Years

2020-2021 Forum Recordings

Check out the lightning talks from our final Forum of AY 20-21, The Role of Higher Education in Movement-Building.

Watch the lightning talks from our April Forum on Community-Engaged Scholarship to End Gender Violence now!

Check out the lightning talks from our January Forum, Centering Antiracism in Community-University Partnerships!

Watch the lightning talks from our November 2020 Forum, Beyond Elections: Deliberation & Action for the Public Good, here.