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Outreach and Engagment Professionals Network (OEPN)

Grant writing workshop series

Grant-writing can be a difficult business, but the OEPN is putting on a workshop series this fall tailored specifically to making the process a little easier and hopefully a lot more fruitful. Experts from the Research & Innovation Office, Office for Contracts and Grants, and nonprofit sector are on tap to share resources, offer best practices, and help us do the work in real time of writing successful funding proposals. Open to all CU folks.

  • Thursday, October 6, 1:00-1:30 p.m. online: Finding funding for outreach & engagement projects: CU resources. Register online.
  • Thursday, October 20, 1:00-2:00 p.m. online: Intro to proposal writing & the grants process at CU Boulder. Register online.
  • Thursday, November 10, 2:00-3:30 p.m. in person (CASE): Grant writing for success. Register online.
Coming next spring: Integrating DEI into Outreach & Engagement Programming, a three-part workshop series offered in partnership with the Office for Social and Cultural Inclusion. Stay tuned for more details.

Climate Justice Workshop: Healing and Action

Saturday, October 8, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Idea Forge, Fleming Building 33
CU main campus
2445 Kittredge Loop Road, Boulder

This Environmental Center workshop will introduce climate justice through presentations, activities and practical applications of community resilience in the face of overwhelming issues such as climate change and resource management. Speakers Nii Armah Sowah and Ean Tafoya will bring their community leadership skills to the table. Ean Tafoya will be sharing his first-hand experience of political activism and what climate justice work looks like at the ground level to make big changes higher up. Come be a part of the solutions by allowing yourself to be empowered to heal and learn the best ways to take action now. See more and register on the event webpage.

2022 Ruth Wright Distinguished Lecture of Natural Resources

Mobilizing the Global Community on Climate Change: An Indigenous Leadership Perspective
Thursday, October 13, 6:00 p.m.
Wolf Law Building, Wittemyer Courtroom
Livestream Zoom option available

Indigenous Peoples have long embraced a special responsibility to care for all living beings and steward their lands consistent with cultural, spiritual, and economic traditions. Fawn Sharp, Quinault and President of the National Congress of American Indians, will share her perspectives on the relationship between human rights and climate justice, as well as advocacy under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, comparative experiences among Indigenous Peoples around the world, and local needs of tribal leaders and communities in the U.S. The lecture is presented by the Getches-Wilkinson Center and the Colorado Environmental Law Journal. Learn more and register on the event webpage.

Coffee & Conversations on Community Engagement

How are you connecting undergraduate teaching and learning to communities?
Thursday, October 20, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
CASE E390 (Center for Teaching and Learning room)
CU Boulder main campus

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to the Coffee and Conversations on Community Engagement series, which explores themes in community-engaged scholarship--from the language we use to social issues we address to how we build relationships with external community partners. These informal events are designed for conversation and opportunities to workshop ideas. We learn together with help from colleagues across campus, as well as staff from the Office for Outreach and Engagement and CU Engage. Those new to outreach and community-engaged scholarship and veteran practitioners are welcome. The series is hosted by the Office for Outreach and Engagement, in collaboration with CU Engage, the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Volunteer Resource Center. Register on the event page.

Social Science and Sustainability Technology Workshop

Friday, October 21, 9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Kittredge Central Hall
2480 Kittredge Loop Drive
CU Boulder main campus

Developing and deploying new technologies will be key to decoupling the dramatic improvements of the past century in human material well-being from their environmental impacts. Developing and deploying sustainability technologies at scale is a complex social, political, and engineering challenge. Please join us for an in-person workshop that will bring together North American thought leaders working on the social science aspects of this challenge. Sponsored by the CIRES Center for Social and Environmental Futures (C-SEF) and the Center for Creative Climate Communication and Behavior Change (C3BC). Visit the Eventbrite page to see the topics and speakers and to register for this free event.

CU on the Weekend

What do you do when the earth shakes? Children, adults, and generational gaps in protective action behavior
Saturday, October 22, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
CASE building, 4th floor auditorium

Lori Peek, director of the Natural Hazards Center, will share her research team's study of how people react during a crisis, and whether they remember and follow guidance given during drills commonly conducted in K-12 classrooms. The team conducted in-depth interviews after the 2018 Anchorage, Alaska earthquake and the 2019 Ridgecrest, California earthquakes. Peek will share what children and adults did in the earthquakes, as well as the factors that shaped whether they took the correct recommended protective actions. She will also explain how the findings from this study can help inform our understanding of risk communication and preparedness for other hazards such as wildfires, floods and tornadoes. See more and register on the Office for Outreach and Engagement website.

Community-engaged scholarship showcase

Saturday, October 22, 2:30-4:15 p.m.
CASE building, 4th floor Chancellor's Hall

The showcase will immediately follow Lori Peek’s CU on the Weekend lecture (above). Audience members will have the opportunity to talk with CU Boulder faculty, staff and students conducting community-engaged scholarship related to the implications of climate change. Many of the presented projects will be related to community-engaged scholarship and the Marshall Fire. The Office for Outreach and Engagement is producing the showcase and Peek’s lecture in partnership with RIO’s Research & Innovation Week, October 17-22. See more and register on the event webpage.



Outreach funding awardees announced

The Office for Outreach and Engagement has announced the recipients of the 2022 CU Boulder Outreach Awards, as well as the Fall 2022 Community Impact Grants and Micro Grants. Read about the varied, innovative, cross-cutting, community-engaged programs that will be supported by these funds.

Research & Innovation Week returns October 17-21

Hosted by the Research and Innovation Office (RIO) and featuring events for students, faculty, staff and the community, the week's worth of events returns to its predominantly in-person format this October. Events showcase research, scholarship and creative work from across the campus and demonstrate the broad impact of the research and innovation enterprise at CU Boulder. See details and register for events and tours on the campus announcement webpage.

Art exhibits


Water is Life

Through November 19
Dairy Arts Center
2590 Walnut Street, Boulder
$5 requested donation

Visit the Dairy Arts Center to experience Water is Life, with powerful work by artists committed to protecting and educating others about the importance of water to the collective human species, and to listening to what Earth is telling us about our common home. Curated by JayCee Beyale and Creative Nations. See the exhibit webpage for more.

Pikas, Prairies, and the Climate Crisis

Through January 8
Museum of Boulder
2205 Broadway, Boulder
$10 adults; $8 seniors/youth/college students; free under 5 and SNAP cardholders

This exhibit explores the surprising connections between Colorado’s shortgrass prairies and the American pika. Pikas, a cold-loving species that live in the high-altitude mountains, are threatened by warming temperatures and diminishing snowpack. Their survival may depend on our ability to protect a place hundreds of miles from their alpine home—the Great Plains. Visitors will learn about conservation efforts to connect the dots between these two diverse areas, as well as ways that they can become involved in protecting pika, prairies, pronghorn, and more. See the exhibit webpage for more.
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