Community Town Hall on Publicly-Engaged Scholarship


College of Arts & Media Faculty-Staff Opening Meeting



Wednesday, August 14, 2019 
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Catalyst HTI
3513 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216


Morning Session: College of Arts & Media Opening Meeting (CAM Faculty & Staff Only)

Afternoon Session & Lunch: Town Hall: Transforming Our Community Through Research and Creative Activity  (Community Leaders, Funders, National Researchers, and CU Denver Faculty and Administrators)

CU Denver’s College of Arts & Media invites community leaders, local funders, national researchers, and faculty and administrators for an afternoon of dialog and exploration, addressing CU Denver’s role as an urban-serving public research university and how to activate publicly-engaged research and creative activities.
Join us for a town hall event focused on publicly-engaged scholarship and cross-sector partnerships. We welcome guests from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in dialogue about their 2018 report on integrative education towards workforce readiness and active civic engagement.





9:30–11:15 a.m.

College of Arts & Media Annual Faculty-Staff Opening Meeting
w/ Guests from the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine



11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Lunch and Student Performance
Join campus schools and colleges, staff of the National Academies, and community funders for lunch at Catalyst HTI in the RiNO Arts District


Keynote Conversation w/ Ashley Bear and Laurie Baefsky
Integrating the Curriculum: Preparing our Students for Future Roles in the Workforce and Society

Description: According to the Institute for the Future, 85% of the jobs that today’s students will do in 2030 don’t yet exist. Think about new fields that have emerged in the past decade (such as social media manager; app developer, drone operator, cloud computing engineer). How do we best teach adaptable skills for jobs and fields that emerge after graduation? How to prepare students to be change agents in an unwritten future?



1:00–2:15 p.m.

Conversation One
CU in the City: TIAA Chancellor's Urban Engaged Scholars & their Deans

Description: The 2019 TIAA Chancellor’s Urban Engaged Scholars Award recognized the outstanding contributions of CU Denver faculty to the Denver metro region through community-engaged scholarship. Urban‐serving institutions represent 68 percent of colleges and universities in the United States and serve 20 million students, making our campuses essential for implementing transformative change. Public urban research universities serve an outsized share of historically underserved populations such as low‐income, minority, and first-generation students. CU Denver places particular emphasis on narrowing and ultimately eliminating achievement gaps by addressing challenges facing students. Meet CU Denver’s Urban Engaged Scholars and their deans in conversation around current, active civic transformation.

Moderator: Nolbert Chavez, Chief of External Initiatives & Executive Director of City Center at CU Denver

Nan Ellin, Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning
Marty Dunn, Dean of College of Engineering, Design, & Computing
Andrew Guererro, Instructor, College of Arts & Media
Antwan Jefferson, Assistant Professor, School of Education and Human Development
Rebecca Kantor, Dean of the School of Education and Human Development
Laurence Kaptain, Dean of the College of Arts & Media
Jeremy Németh, Associate Professor, College of Architecture and Planning
Paul Teske, Dean of the School of Public Affairs
Danielle Varda, Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs




2:30–3:45 p.m.

Conversation Two
Funding the Work: Colorado Funders & Community Partnerships

Description: A facilitated discussion among major Colorado funders.

“Across sectors, artists and arts organizations are increasingly being called upon to activate the social imagination to bring forth new ways to know and understand an increasingly complex world. Social justice philanthropy on the whole is growing. Civic engagement, community development, and social justice funders, as well as arts funders, have potential to expand and deepen their support for this arena of work. Several contextual factors suggest the time is ripe for fostering such support. The current environment has created a context for arts practitioners and funders to consider the contributions of arts and culture to addressing social and civic concerns. A sense of new possibilities for collaborations between the arts and other sectors to address concerns has been evident in convenings and inquiries motivated by funders and policy makers.”
Excerpted from Trend or Tipping Point: Arts & Social Change Grantmaking, 2010. 

With this quote as a provocation, join this conversation exploring pathways to fund translational socially-engaged research towards shared solutions.

Moderators: Michael Jenson, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research & Creative Activity, CU Denver Office of Research Services

Panelists: Libby Barbee, RedLine Contemporary Art Center
Storm Gloor, Glendale City Council and CAM Faculty
Margaret Hunt, Colorado Creative Industries
Laia Mitchell, Gates Family Foundation


3:45 p.m.

Call to Action
Closing Remarks by Chancellor Dorothy Horrell

4–5 p.m.

Happy Hour
Join colleagues for networking in the RiNO Arts District 

Cash bar at Mockery Brewing, 3501 Delgany St, Denver, CO 80216

View the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2018 consensus report:

The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education: Branches from the Same Tree



National Academies public outreach for the report on the Integration of Arts, Humanities with Science, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


College of Arts & Media

CU Denver

Arts Building

1150 10th Street

Suite 177

Denver, CO 80204


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