• Leadership is about being yourself, setting example, and with love, sharing what you have to offer and pulling people up with you in the process.


    Being involved in Grand Challenges has shaped how I approach community-engaged work. A successful community initative is one that is created for, with, and alongside the community.

    Universities are taking massive steps to addressing Grand Challenges including at the University of Denver, where projects are being advanced on improving economic opportunity, daily living, and advancing delibration and action for the public good in order to establish thriving communities. I became involved with DU Grand Challenges from the Winter Quarter of Freshman year, and it has quickly became one of my favorite groups on campus, as they encourage and provide opportunities to conduct meaningful projects in the community. Through Grand Challenges, I am involved in a Collective Impact Cohort where we have $94k in grant funding to advance a community needs assessment, a resource map, and a cutting-edge "Outside In" Correctional Conference, which is a one-of-a-kind conference for academics and community members hosted inside a prison.

    I also learned about the grit, the perseverance, and the power of service and community building through spearheading a Advancing Community Engaged Scholarship $8.5k grant-funded project. Through that grant, we were able to partner with the City of Englewood and Change the Trend, a network of 20 organizations, businesses, faith-based communities, and cities collaborating to address homelessness. We created website informational content for the City of Englewood (https://www.englewoodco.gov/city-services/englewood-homelessness-initiative) for community members interested in knowing what city efforts towards homelessness were taking place and also substantially redesigned and developed Change the Trend's (https://changethetrend.org/) website to include profiles of organizations, updated resource lists, new project developments, and current information.  In addition to the website recommendations and development, this project culminated in a 25-page report delivered and presentations to three Cities (Englewood, Sheridan, and Littleton) and the 20 organization members of Change the Trend. We also through 2019-2020, were able to engage 35 stakeholders across 5 cities, launch a COVID-19 policy report, volunteer and collect stories in English and Spanish, conduct a community attidudes assessment, and speak with diverse audiences to disseminate our findings such as at policy taskforce meetings, as a Keynote at the University of Denver Research and Scholarship Showcase, and to Englewood High School's Capstone class. 


    Final Community Report.pdf

    CCESL Article

    2020 University of Denver Research and Scholarship Showcase Keynote

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  • Serve to Lead, Lead to Serve.pdf

  • Inclusive Leadership Self-Exploration.pdf

  •  DU CRU Treasurer: Spirtual group on campus that promotes purposeful, reflective, and principled living.

    Asbury Elementary - Special Education Room: Encouraged social, learning, technology, and math skills among 1st-5th grade students one-on-one, in groups, and whole class. Life is truly more beautiful when we all feel like we belong.

    Colorado Youth Advisory Council: Chair Communications Committee; Executive Committee Secretary, coordinating outreach/media/meeting arrangements. In 2017, presented with Educational Policy Committee recommendations to Colorado legislators.

    Lone Tree Youth Commission: City Represenative (council meetings/events), Vice-Chair, Teen Court Liasion, and served on 2018 Selection Committee. Planned field trips and guest speakers and Lone Tree's first annual community game night and fundraising event. 

    Lone Tree Teen Court: Founding Member, guest news contributor, Foreperson (17+ peer panels), completed general legal training. Promote restorative justice and accountability among respondents.

    School Board Forum: Led moderating, organizing, question-writing, advertising (news/media/bulletin), and assisted contacting campaigns. Featured seven candidates, reporters, and encouraged audience-engagement among 200+ attendees.

  • Community Experiences

This portfolio last updated: 22-May-2020 6:25 PM