Outreach Opportunities Abound

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By Gretchen Minekime


February may be the middle of winter, but there will be no lack of new opportunities springing forth from the Office for Outreach and Engagement. And there’s something for everyone: faculty and staff members, graduate and undergraduate students. 

Fund your community-engaged scholarship

Applications for all of the office’s funding options are due on Feb. 4 before 5 p.m. CU Boulder Outreach Awards, Community Impact Grants, Micro Grants, and Undergraduate Community-Engaged Scholars Grants are all distinct opportunities to begin or continue your community-engaged scholarship (research, creative work, or teaching) in partnership with communities beyond campus. 

Honor a staff member excelling in community-engaged work

The Anne K. Heinz Staff Award for Excellence in Outreach and Engagement recognizes a staff or non-tenure track faculty member who has shown an exemplary commitment to outreach and engagement (supporting community-engaged research, teaching, or creative work). Nominations are due by Feb. 11 for this $5,000 award.

Broaden your horizons

CU on the Weekend will return on Feb. 12. Join these virtual, free Saturday lectures from CU Boulder faculty members. This monthly series will feature cutting-edge work about the relevance  of biology in everyday life, the little known socio-political origins of camping, mysteries from the Mediterranean Sea, and what is shaping Latina leadership in Colorado. 

Find your people, build your partnerships

This spring our virtual Coffee & Conversations on Community Engagement series will focus on partnership development—from reaching out to partners and solidifying equitable relationships to planning and achieving goals and assessing impact together. These informal events are designed to help you think through the partnership building process, with help from your colleagues as well as staff from our office and CU Engage. Each gathering will feature one of CU Boulder’s finest partnership builders.  Join us Feb. 17 with Assistant Professor Helanius Wilkins from CU Boulder Theatre and Dance and Andrea Dryness, associate professor in Educational Foundations, Policy, and Practice, and a faculty affiliate in Anthropology and Ethnic Studies. We will discuss partnership development from initial relationships to long-term collaborations.