One of CU Boulder’s oldest commitments

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By Gretchen Minekime


CU Boulder Outreach Award recipients, including members of the Attention, Behavior and Learning Clinic, joined CU Boulder leaders at the annual CU Boulder Outreach Awards Luncheon. From left to right, back row: PhD student Francesca Trane, Research Associate Laura Hinks, Vice Provost Scott Battle, Professor Erik Wilcutt. Front row: Chancellor Philip DiStefano, Vice Chancellor Ann Schmiesing, Research Associate Nomita Chhabildas, Provost Russ Moore.

Recipients of the 2022-23 CU Boulder Outreach Awards and CU Boulder leaders gathered on April 25 to celebrate public and community-engaged scholarship that connects the university with communities across Colorado and beyond.  

More than 15,000 Coloradans, 129 CU Boulder faculty and staff members and 603 CU Boulder students are engaged with 27 projects, as are an additional 5,500 people outside of Colorado. Together, their work supports mental health interventions, civic and community building, K12 education, music, dance, violence prevention, technology literacy, wildfire risk reduction, ecology restoration, anti-bias training and more.  

Building partnerships with communities and harnessing the University of Colorado’s academic resources to address public issues has been an institutional priority since at least 1912, when University Extension (later renamed Continuing Education) was created. The CU Boulder Outreach Awards were established in 1999 and are funded by the Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Provost and the Division of Continuing Education.