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Community and Civic Engagement

MSU Denver's community and civic engagement initiatives include efforts by individual faculty and departments, student-facing initiatives, and university-wide initiatives.

 Rowdy, the MSU Denver mascot, waving hello

Civic engagement occurs when students are actively engaged with different perspectives in addressing common problems that affect the well-being of communities, the nation, and the world.

MSU Denver's Civic Engagement Program offers educationally meaningful service opportunities that positively impact the community and provide opportunities for students to develop as engaged citizens.


Community engagement involves the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional, state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and responsibility.

Community engagement occurs in many forms at MSU Denver through programs in multiple areas, including both curricular and co-curricular elements, serving students in an array of formats.  For example: the American Democracy Project; Puksta Scholars; The Golda Meir Center; One Book, One Project to Transform; Roadrunner Give Back Day; Service Learning; D-Phi; The Center for Urban Education.


In close alignment with the University's community and civic engagement is its role as an Anchor Institution.

Per the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), an "anchor" institution is rooted in the local community in which it resides - rooted by mission, by invested capital, or by relationships to students, employees, and vendors.  Anchor higher education institutions like MSU Denver are critical local engines and mission-driven organizations inextricably linked to the long term well-being of those they serve.  Areas of focus for anchor institutions are:

  • Place-based investment
  • Land use, housing, and anti-displacement development
  • Inclusive local hiring and workforce development
  • Inclusive local procurement and construction
  • Small business development

Bubble graphic listing different areas of assets for Anchor Institutions of Higher Education

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