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Tuesday, October 10 • 11:00am - 11:45am
The Hometown Colorado Initiative: An Adaptive Model for Campus-wide Community Engagement (45 mins)

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The Hometown Colorado Initiative (HCI) at University of Colorado Denver partners with one local community during the academic year to provide campus-wide community engagement for both senior undergraduate and graduate-level students. Projects are generated by the community partner and are matched with CU Denver faculty and students in existing courses. HCI builds upon a fifty-year tradition to provide students with real world application of knowledge learned in the classroom. Each year, HCI engages faculty from multiple disciplines and hundreds of students. These students provide an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 hours of effort toward community projects, generating innovative designs, solutions and recommendations for the community.

CU Denver’s current community partner is the City of Arvada, with a two-year agreement to complete 20 projects that are part of the City’s livability goals. During the first year, completed projects focused on water conservation and attainable housing. Projects for the second year will include: developing transportation strategies for seniors, studies on land use costs and revenues, the role of the arts in creating economic development, a housing stock survey, transit station plans, neighborhood engagement strategies, and developing a community agricultural master plan.

HCI is one of CU Denver's premiere community engagement programs that will provide greater visibility of the university's role as an asset to communities as they strive to enhance quality of life. This workshop will dive deeper into the strategy and outcomes of HCI, and explore how its practices might be applied across the nation.


Michael Jenson

Associate Dean , Academic Affairs, University of Colorado Denver

Tuesday October 10, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am MDT
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