Announcing the 2023-24 Fellows for Higher Education and Democracy

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By Gretchen Minekime


The Office for Outreach and Engagement is pleased to announce the 2023-24 Higher Education and Democracy Fellows.

Matt Burgess, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Studies
Janet Donavan, Associate Chair, Political Science
Doug Spencer, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Research, Colorado Law
Leah Sprain, Associate Professor, Department of Communication
Christina Stanton, Director of the American Indian Law Clinic

The Higher Education and Democracy Initiative convenes and supports a group of faculty members who are committed to realizing collaborative efforts that build Colorado’s social and civic fabric and elevate outreach and engagement activities that fulfill CU Boulder’s democratic mission. 

Faculty Fellows are subject matter experts, thought partners and point people in their schools and colleges about matters related to the civic health of Colorado communities. They work with the Office for Outreach and Engagement staff and community members to plan and execute campus and community-based work that connects their disciplines and the university broadly with efforts to ameliorate the effects of political polarization and restore civic trust. They build relationships, participate in events (e.g., lectures, trainings), and/or undertake public or community-engaged research activities with partner organizations.