Faculty and staff play an important role in community and civic engagement both on and off campus. There are many ways to incorporate CCE into the classroom and provide students with a way to engage beyond the classroom.



Associations & Organizations

MSU Denver is an active member in associations and organizations that are involved with Community & Civic Engagement.

  • AASCUAmerican Association of State Colleges and Univerisities
    • ADP  – American Democracy Project.  ADP’s goal is to “equip students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to be informed and engaged, ready to tackle current and future issues to ensure a thriving and equitable democracy.”
  • AACU (aka AAC&U) – American Association of Colleges and Universities
  • CUMUCoalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, especially its Anchor Learning Network.  Institutions like MSU Denver are socioeconomic ‘anchors’ in their metropolitan communities, in which they “intentionally apply their economic power and human capital in a long-term partnership with their local communities, to improve mutual well-being.”
  • Campus Compact – through an array of initiatives and programs, Campus Compact advances “the public purposes of colleges and universities by deepening their ability to improve community life and to educate students for civid and social responsibility.”

External Resources

The University of Minnesota provides a free online community-engagement training module for leaders and learners, titled From Transaction to Transformation.  “The ten-minute module offers a captivating, interactive roadmap for conducting public engagement”, with participants “making scenario-based decisions along the way.”

Campus Compact maintains a Community Partnerships Knowledge Hub, which contains an array of “information about best practices for establishing ethical, effective, and reciprocal partnerships between higher education institutions and communities.”

Roadrunner Engagement Highlights

MSU Denver cheer squad.

MSU Denver Athletes Named Finalists for the NCAA 2021 Division II Award of Excellence

Student-athletes from MSU Denver were named finalists for the NCAA 2021 Division II Award of Excellence. Chosen from schools in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, MSU Denver athletes were recognized for their Food for Thought work. Student-athletes from all MSU Denver teams have participated in Food for Thought activities, an organization dedicated to eliminating weekend hunger for children in the area. Student-athletes packed PowerSacks, which include enough to feed a family of four two meals. Food for Thought served 53 elementary schools and more than 10,000 children.

Twenty-eight schools were named finalists for the accolade which recognizes initiatives in the past year that exemplify the Division II philosophy, community engagement and student-athlete leadership. Division II honors its members each year for conducting events that promote student-athletes giving back and serving as leaders within their communities or on their campuses.