A University Transforming Its Community
At Metropolitan State University of Denver, transforming our community is a value shared on every part of campus. Here are few examples:
Project Homeless Connect 13
MSU Denver volunteers participated in this year’s Project Homeless Connect, which provided a “one-stop shop” for homeless people in Denver to get access to services. In all, more than 400 MSU Denver faculty, staff and students helped serve hundreds of Denver’s homeless.
The Jaguar Club
MSU Denver and its Departments of Chicana/o Studies and Africana Studies partner with a local nonprofit called Journey Through Our Heritage to run a five-week program for youngsters in Denver’s La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood. It’s called the Jaguar Club, which features poetry writing, Aztec dancing, painting, swimming and planting flowers, cilantro and jalapeños. The idea is to impart lessons about indigenous heritage and community stewardship.
Center for Urban Connections
MSU Denver’s Center for Urban Connections works to strengthen community partnerships, volunteer opportunities and civic engagement. In addition, the center develops collaborative relationships between the University and its surrounding community, promotes student leadership, and supports university-wide service and outreach. The center works with many local organizations, including the African Community Center, Climbing for Life, Clínica Tepeyac, Denver Public Schools, Denver’s Road Home, Denver Scholarship Foundation, the Gathering Place, Mi Casa, Mile High United Way, National Sports Center for the Disabled, Ronald McDonald House, SAME Café, Su Teatro, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure-Denver, and Urban Peak.
Food For Thought
Food for Thought — an effort by the Hospitality, Tourism and Events Department — received a $20,000 grant after finishing in the top 60 nonprofits in Wal-Mart’s “Fighting Hunger Together” national voting campaign. The HTE Department provides space and student volunteers to assemble weekend “powersacks” consisting of donated food for local low-income elementary schoolchildren.
As part of The Colorado Charge — a partnership between students and government, businesses, nonprofits and other stakeholders — MSU Denver students through the Undergraduate Research Program apply student-produced research to social issues. This academic year, Gov. John Hickenlooper is encouraging students to apply their research to the issue of homelessness.
Fraternities and Sororities
MSU Denver’s Greek institutions support many philanthropic and local service projects through volunteering and fundraising.
Sigma Sigma Sigma
Philanthropy: Children’s Play Therapy
Service Projects: Ronald McDonald House, Rockin’ Out for Robbie Events, campus clean-up, Christmas stockings for needy children, clothing drive, food drive, Thanksgiving meals and a fundraiser for Jessica Ridgeway
Sigma Lambda Beta
Philanthropy: CPR Awareness
Service Projects: Mentor high school students, leadership conference for high school boys, Boys and Girls Club, La Alma Park cleanup, Environmental Learning for Kids, Keeping the Dream and Voto Latino
Pi Lambda Chi
Philanthropy: Preserving Latina Culture
Service projects: Pancreatic walk and Sam Sandos
Lambda Theta Nu
Service project: Literacy gram fundraiser, Latina Youth Leadership Conference, high school scholarship, Safe House Denver, Roadrunner Day of Service, BBQ fundraiser, Race for the Cure, Voto Latino, Denver Children’s Home, Sam Sandos, Dolls for Daughters Toy Shop, cleaning local parks, La Raza Youth Leadership Conference, MSU Denver Career Fair, Alternative Spring Break and Keeping the Dream Alive