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Renewing America’s Public Service Commitment in the 21st Century

When President John, F. Kennedy famously said, "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country," Gary Hart answered the call. Representing Colorado in the U.S. Senate for 12 years, Hart has set an example for American public service and is calling on citizens from all walks of life to enact positive change in their communities.

Public service should be inclusive. 

The Hart Center for Public Service and MSU Denver are partners in this work. For more than 50 years, MSU Denver has provided thousands of Coloradoans an accessible and affordable way to pursue the American dream. Together, the Center and the University will provide fellowships, research opportunities and community-based projects to improve the community at large and enhance American democracy.

President Janine Davidson, Ph.D., connects MSU Denver with the Hart Center by building opportunities for faculty to design innovative coursework, and providing students with Hart Center mentors, public service internships, and valuable experience through public service fellowships.


MSU Denver President Janine Davidson, Ph.D.

Janine Davidson, Ph.D.

President, MSU Denver

Portrait of former U.S. Senator, Gary Hart

Gary Hart

Former U.S. Senator (Colorado)

Current U.S. Senator, Michael Bennet

Michael Bennet

U.S. Senator (Colorado)

Portrait of Rebecca Love Kourlis

Rebecca Love Kourlis

Former Justice, Colorado Supreme Court


Moderated by

Federico Peña

Former Denver mayor Federico PeñaThe Hon. Federico Peña served in the Clinton administration as U.S. Secretary of Transportation and then U.S. Secretary of Energy.  Prior to serving in the cabinet, Peña was the mayor of Denver from 1983 to 1991. Currently, he is senior advisor to the Colorado Impact Fund since its inception in 2014.



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