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2018 El Pomar Scholarship Recipients

Each year, two incoming CC students from Colorado are awarded the distinguished El Pomar Scholarship, which helps them experience an exceptional liberal arts education, gain valuable hands-on exposure to the El Pomar Foundation’s work in the nonprofit sector, and encourages them to pursue a career in public policy or nonprofit work by covering the annual cost of tuition and fees, standard dorm room, and meal plan at Colorado College. In order to be considered for the scholarship, candidates must be a high school senior, a Colorado resident, eligible for need-based financial aid and have demonstrated leadership in, and passion for, community service and public policy. For 2017-18, the annual value of this scholarship was over $68,000.

In April, all finalists met and interviewed with Carly Stafford and Will Schiffelbein from the Office of Admission, and Richard Bishop from the Collaborative for Community Engagement. We’re pleased to announce that this year’s recipients of the El Pomar Scholarship are Deksyos Damtew and Abby Mercier!

Deksyos Damtew

Deksyos Damtew moved from Ethiopia to the United States with his family at the age of 3.  With the support of his family, he has overcome numerous obstacles, including cultural, linguistic and economic barriers, to become a respected leader in many different areas in high school. A successful International Baccalaureate student at Lakewood High School, Damtew has been active in soccer and cross-country, the president of both the Debate Club and DECA, an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs, and a member of the local KIVA Club, which distributed microloans to individuals in countries across the world to improve their livelihood and enhance business prospects. Damtew has also been an active member, and is currently serving as vice president, of the Reach for the Sky Foundation, an organization that provides dental supplies such as toothbrushes to underprivileged students within the Denver area. Finally, though certainly not least among his accomplishments, Damtew has been an intern for the Colorado Court of Appeals, learning about the legal system, honing his debate skills, and assisting with various needs of the court. Damtew currently plans to pursue a career in business, economics, or communications.  As stated by Will, “It’s rare to see a student who embodies both humility and confidence in equal measure. Deksyos is true to form in both respects. I’m excited to witness his positive attitude and intellectual prowess change our campus—and community– for the better.”

Abby Mercier

Abby Mercier comes to Colorado College from a family with a strong military connection.  Her father went to the Air Force Academy, and impressed upon her the importance of service before self.  Mercier’s success at having an impact on the community stems from her ability to relate to others – to give her time and attention to help reach others at a personal level, and then provide the help they need.  At Fairview High School in Boulder, much of Mercier’s community work and passion has centered on tutoring, especially Spanish-speaking youth – something she hopes to continue at local schools.  When not tutoring, Mercier spent much of her time playing club and varsity soccer. Last summer, she worked at Spyder Active Sports, where she provided administrative and customer service support. This fall, she plans to begin her focus on a medically-focused education so she can begin a career supporting military veteran health. Carly reflected that “Abby’s passion to not only pursue a career in medicine but to use this knowledge to serve underserved and underrepresented populations is nothing short of admirable. She is talented inside and outside the classroom — she’s a whiz in her science classes but also massively talented on the soccer field. Abby is intelligent, articulate, driven, and cares deeply about giving back to the state of Colorado. We couldn’t be happier to name her a winner of the El Pomar Scholarship, and we are lucky to call her one of our own!”


Congratulations to both of these outstanding and deserving students, as well as all of the other remarkable students who applied and interviewed for this award.  We all look forward to see what they do while at Colorado College and beyond!

For more information on the El Pomar Scholarship, click here.

Meet Our New Paraprofessional!

The office of Collaborative for Community Engagement is excited to announce that Jasmine Wallack, a graduating CC senior, will be joining the CCE as the paraprof for the academic year of 2018-2019. Jasmine has been a very involved member of both CC and Colorado Springs community, participating in the Community Engaged Scholars Program, leading the Roots club, playing lacrosse, and lot of more. The CCE staff has recently talked to Jasmine about her CC experience, emergent in Colorado Springs community, and hopes and goals for the future.


Julia (CCE worker): Hi Jasmine! Thank you so much for cooperating with us and sharing this invaluable information about yourself and your views in community engagement. To begin, please tell us what you are majoring in at CC, and how (if at all) is your major related to the work you will be doing at the CCE?

Jasmine: Hi Julia!  I’m majoring in political science and minoring in nonviolence. I think my major is related to the work I’ll be doing at the CCE because understanding the structure of political systems is important for doing many kinds of community engagement—it helps you recognize potential avenues for effecting social change. Nonviolence is also related to the work I’ll be doing because I believe it’s all about actively trying to better the world on all different levels. I think both of these disciplines will inform the ways in which I try to engage with students and the community.

Julia: This makes so much sense, and I hope you will be able to use the knowledge you got from your major and minor to make as much of a difference in this world as possible. What events and programs outside of the classroom did you enjoy the most while being a CC student?

Jasmine: The program I’ve been most committed to outside of the classroom is being a member of the lacrosse team. It’s been a tremendous privilege to get to be a part of something so challenging and rewarding while being surrounded by some of the kindest and the most hard-working people I’ve ever met

Julia: Lacrosse sounds like a lot of fun, and I am happy you’ve enjoyed this experience so much.  Besides lacrosse, what do you like to do in your free out of school time?

Jasmine: In my free time I like to go on long runs on the Tiger Trail and explore new restaurants in Colorado Springs.

Julia: I can certainly relate to you on exploring new restaurant in the area! What motivated you to join the Community Engaged Scholars program? What lessons did you learn from being in this program during your CC experience?

Jasmine: I wanted to join the Community Engaged Scholars program because being part of the program would connect me to other students who are also actively involved with community engagement. What I didn’t anticipate, was how valuable I would find the reflection process included in the program. Having to evaluate each experience has provoked me to be more critical about my community engagement and led to lots of helpful brainstorming.

Julia: Yes, a lot of students first underestimate the value of the reflection process on their community work. What activities do you organize as one of the leaders of Roots? What events has this student organization led during this year, and what were some of the most memorable ones?

Jasmine: I organize a variety of activities for Roots including weekly writing/art workshops at Urban Peak, publishing the Roots zine, bi-blockly campus meetings, and community art events and projects. We did an event called the “Chalk Challenge” earlier this year at Acacia Park that brought together students, members of the homeless community, and other community members for breakfast, chalk art, and conversations. It was really fun to have so many very different people interacting and working together. Next week we have an event coming up that is the culmination of many initiatives called “Faces of Colorado Springs”. It’s modeled after the Humans of New York Facebook page and will also feature the zine we’ve created, our new logo, and will have an interactive component!

Julia: I have heard about the “Faces of Colorado Springs” event. I hope everything goes as well as possible there! Tell me please, why did you decide to work as a civic leadership paraprofessional at the CCE for the next year? What do you hope to achieve in this job?

Jasmine: I wanted to apply for the civic leadership paraprofessional position because I am interested in nonprofit/social justice work and I think this position will teach me a lot about these areas. I have also built a lot of relationships with people and organizations in Colorado Springs that I want to continue to develop. I hope that in this position I will gain a lot of professional development skills and continue to do community engagement at a grassroots level as well.

Julia: How would you promote community-engaged student-led initiatives at CC during the next year?

Jasmine: I  think community engagement should be thought of as a central part of one’s education—as much as coursework. For this reason, I think student-led initiatives are an amazing way for students to learn while simultaneously applying their own expert knowledge to build community.

Julia: How do you think the block plan affects students’ ability/desire to be engaged in the community?

Jasmine: I think the block plan can make it difficult for students to plan ahead or commit to long terms engagement. However, I also think the relative constancy of the block plan’s day-to-day schedule has some advantages for participating in community engagement.

Julia: Where do you see yourself in five years?

Jasmine: I hope to be working in the nonprofit world—perhaps still in Colorado Springs—in some capacity and continuing to be active on the issues I care about most!

Julia: These are really good goals. What advice would you give to students who are trying to be active on and off campus in terms of volunteering and other forms of community service?

Jasmine: I think the best way to get involved is to find something you care about and really commit to it in terms of time and energy. I say this because most students have pretty demanding schedules and it’s easy to see volunteering as a last priority. Once I became involved with Roots, I decided I wanted to make it a consistent priority and have found my involvement to be really rewarding.

Julia: Thank you so much for such thorough responses! I am very excited to see your passion and care for the community, and I hope you have a great summer and a year at the CCE! We are very excited to have you!

Spanish 201 Course Goes to Baca

Visiting Spanish professor at Colorado College, Marty Slayden, took her class in block seven to the Baca campus for a couple of days. For those who are not aware, the Baca Grande is Colorado College’s campus located at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the San Luis Valley, created as a space for reflection in order to enhance learning. Numerous field trips as well as block breaks have been conducted at the Baca, making students’ experience in college much more exciting and interesting.

Despite a terrible wind storm, Professor Slayden led her Spanish 201 class on a successful and fun-filled trip. Much of the trip consisted of her students spending a day with sixth-graders from the school located in Center, CO, an agricultural town with the majority of Spanish speakers. CC students engaged in various activities such as presenting their two plays, entertaining students with basketball, guitar playing, Latin dancing, and much more. Then everyone enjoyed lunch at the Desert Sage. Professor Slayden remarked that there were a lot of factors that contributed to the success of the trip, including support from her assistant Ana Gaby Pajera Alfaro, the Spanish house CPC and Latin dance teacher, CC’s Collaborative for Community Engagement and Office of Field Studies, and staff from Center School.

It is clear that everyone involved enjoyed the trip a lot!

Davis Foundation Annual Report Highlights CC Projects for Peace Winners!

Last summer, Colorado College students, Lucy Marshall and Eva McKinsley, travelled to a region of Central Peru that has been plagued by insurgent violence and instability to promote specialty coffee production and invest the proceeds in local education.

First, Lucy and Eva experimented with alternate methods of coffee production at a coffee farm in Ancahuachanan. Then, they turned their attention to education bringing the Internet to the local school, donating laptops and a projector to two area schools, supplying educational computer programs, games, sports equipment, school supplies, and so much more. Finally, on the farm, Lucy and Eva cleared and roofed a disused area, cleaned and repaired old washing wells for coffee, and installed new equipment. They eventually reached an essential agreement with the farm’s owner to donate a portion of the increased profits from the specialized coffee to continue supporting the schools.

Collaborative for Community Engagement and the whole Colorado College would like to congratulate Lucy and Eva for making such a difference in a disadvantaged community in Peru by promoting education, empowering members of the coffee industry, and promoting community growth and conflict resolution. We are very proud to have students who care about the larger world and put so much energy into creating projects that benefit people around the world! To see the full Davis Foundation annual report, please follow this link

Welcome Justice Watch!

Justice Watch (JW) is a new branch of CC Prison Project club that has recently been created and focuses on holding judges and attorneys accountable for fair treatment in courthouses. Justice Watch sends students to the El Paso County Courthouse (located on S. Tejon St.) to observe and report judges’ demeanor. The club’s goal is to make sure that judges are behaving appropriately and are held accountable for bias or mistreatment. JW’s mission statement is “to be the eyes and ears of the community and keep judges accountable for their behavior.” This group offers an opportunity for low time commitment and high impact involvement for students.

One of CCE workers, Julia Bazavluk, recently connected with Key Duckworth, one of the leaders of Justice Watch. We have asked her to share what kinds of activities JW performs, how students can get involved, what the purpose and goals of the group are. Now, in the form of a interview, we are going to share what we have found out.

Julia: Hi Key! Thank you so much for being willing to share information as well as your thoughts and hopes about Justice Watch with us. To start, please tell us what inspired the creation of the JW at CC?

Key: Hi Julia! Thank you for reaching out to me. Starting this group on campus was not my original idea, but an idea pitched to Gail Murphy-Geiss by a former student. Gail has been sending students to the courthouse as part of her FYE for many years. By creating a Justice Watch club, we are hoping that we can get enough data to compile a report for the Chief Justice.

Julia: Is CC JW going to be connected to Justice Watch Inc. ( ? If yes, in what ways, and how would you plan to cooperate with them?

Key: We are not affiliated with this organization. Justice Watch did, however, start as a now-defunct non-profit in the Springs community ( We hope to bring Jan Weiland and other community members back into the organization once it is more established.

Julia: This sounds like a good plan, and we hope you will be able to accomplish it! How do you think Justice Watch will impact CC students, culture, and atmosphere on campus?

Key: I think that Justice Watch will make CC students more aware of what truly goes on in the court system. Additionally, if we succeed in gathering enough data to present a report to the Chief Justice, I think the experience will empower students to be more politically active by showing them that they can actually have an impact on judges behavior. (In the past, Justice Watch reports have resulted in 2 judges being removed from juvenile court for inappropriate behavior.)


Julia: Wow, we didn’t know that JW has had such a big impact in the past! But what can CC students bring into the club, and how can they get involved?

Key: Students can get involved by contacting any of the group leaders. We will give students a rundown on what to expect at the courthouse, how to fill out a data sheet, and how to act while observing judges. After that, they are free to go to court and observe/record data whenever is convenient for them (preferably at least once a block).

Julia: Also, what events, if any, will the club organize? Do you have specific ideas/dates in mind?

Key: We will try to meet at least once a block during the first week although we don’t have specific dates yet.

Julia: Are there any groups on campus that might be similar to Justice Watch? If yes, would you be able to cooperate with them and what would you do?

Key: I am not aware of any.

Julia: It’s good because it means that you are going to be a very unique organization that can potentially attract a lot of CC students. What will be an approximate schedule of the meetings? How big of a commitment will it be for students who get involved?

Key: We will try to meet as a group once a block. This can be as high or low of a commitment as student choose — they are free to observe as many dockets and judges as they want.

Julia: It is awesome that you provide a lot of freedom for the students do decide their personal level of commitment. But what do you feel will be the biggest issues/problems facing the club?

Key: I think our biggest issue will be student reliability. Because we have people go whenever is most convenient, I worry that some students will forget to or decide that walking twenty minutes is not worth it. I am hoping to start a group message of some sort so that people can arrange carpools or choose times to go in groups as I think this might keep people more accountable.

Julia: Oh, I see. I am sure that there will be students who are interested in the court system and a fair treatment of people there. Finally, where do you envision the club to be in five years?

Key:  In five years, I hope that we will be able to compile enough information to write a report every year. I also hope that we will have community members involved.

Julia: I hope you will achieve this goal, and we wish you best of luck!

Key: Thank you so much!

2018 Community Engagement Winter Fair

This past week, the CCE held our second community engagement fair for the 2017-18 school year.  Like the event in the fall, this event provided CC students with an opportunity to connect with representatives from local non-profits and educational partners of the Collaborative for Community Engagement (CCE) office. The CCE helps students go off campus and engage with the Colorado Springs community in meaningful ways through community service activities such as tutoring, volunteering at a soup kitchen, or raising money for charities. By bringing some of these organizations to our campus, Colorado College gave students a chance to make a difference not just on campus, but on a larger scale in Colorado Springs area.

Below are groups that had tables at the fair.  Students are welcome to reach out to them directly or use the CCE to make a connection. Additional contact details and organization information can be found  on our Summit site at

Rocky Mountain Field Institute – Dedicated to the conservation and stewardship of public lands in the Southern Rocky Mountain region through volunteer-based trail and restoration projects, environmental education, and restoration research. Contact information: Molly Mazel.

Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center – Utilizing the unique and therapeutic attributes of the horse, their mission is to serve those with diverse needs, empower change, foster resilience, and nurture whole health through sustainable and innovative programs. Contact information: Chester DeAngelis.

Friends of the Peak – A group with the goals of providing a unified, pro-active voice for the preservation and restoration of the natural environment of Pikes Peak, promoting and enhancing recreational opportunities and visitor experiences that are in harmony with that environment, and promoting awareness of and education about Pikes Peak. Contact information: Susan Jarvis.

Early Connections Learning Centers – Focused on providing high quality, comprehensive early care and education for all. Contact information: Ashley Groves.

City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services – – The mission of City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services is to serve residents and visitors through stewardship of distinctive cultural, natural and recreational resources; provisions of exceptions facilities and programs; and effective leadership and collaboration for the vitality and economic health of our community. Contact information: Brian Kates.

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains –  The Mission of Planned Parenthood is to provide comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services in settings which preserve and protect the essential privacy and rights of each individual, to advocate public policies which guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services, to provide educational programs which enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality, to promote research and the advancement of technology in reproductive health care and encourage understanding of their inherent bioethical, behavioral, and social implications. Contact information: Nico Wilkinson.

Pikes Peak United Way – An organization committed to improving the quality of life in the Colorado Springs community. Contact information: Deanna Toney.

Pikes Peak Children’s Museum – – Strives to develop and operate a innovative children’s museum serving the Pikes Peak region, envisioning the museum as a dynamic place for discovery and imagination and sparking a passion for lifelong learning. Contact Information: Nohea March.

Goodwill – – Goodwill strives to enhance the dignity and quality of life of individuals and families by helping people reach their full potential through education, skills training, and the power of work. Contact information: Grace Vigil.

Ronald McDonald House – – Keeps families with critically ill children close to each other and provides care and resources they need when they need it most. Contact information: Emily Odiwuor.

Care and Share Food Bank – – Care and Share Food Bank believes that no one should go hungry. Every day, they provide food to our partner agencies across Southern Colorado to serve our neighbors in need because well-fed communities are better for us all. Care and Share exists to ensure that the one in eight Southern Coloradans at risk of hunger have access to enough healthy and nutritious food to thrive. They know that children without adequate access to food cannot develop successfully, families cannot plan for their future, and seniors find it more difficult to remain independent. Contact information: Eric Pizana.

Peace Corps – – Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation. Contact information: Karyn Sweeney.

Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity – – Brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Contact information: Iassa Ring.

CASA – Provides a volunteer’s voice in court for children who are victims of abuse, neglect, or domestic conflict and promotes awareness of these issues to ensure safe and permanent homes. Contact information: Uriko Stout.

Marian House Soup Kitchen – – In response to Jesus Christ’s call to affirm the value and dignity of each human life, to build solidarity within the community, and to advocate for justice for the poor and vulnerable, Catholic Charities of Central Colorado humbly engages in the ministry of charity for those in both economic and spiritual poverty so that all – staff, volunteers, and clients –  may fully achieve their God-given potential. Contact information: Doug Rouse.

Colorado Springs CONO – – Dedicated to improving Colorado Springs’ quality of life through neighborhoods. Contact information: Rachel G.

Children’s Literacy Center – – Strives to build a life of success through a foundation of literacy. ONE child at a time. Contact information: Pamela Polke.

Kids in Motion – 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes dance in the Pikes Peak Region across generations. Their mission is to present a diverse range of world class dance forms, to educate young dancers, and to provide outreach to underserved children and their families. Contact information:


A big thank you to everyone involved, and let’s hope next year’s fairs are just as successful!

Content by Julia Bazavluk
Edited by Richard Bishop

Dream Outside the Box

Dream Outside the Box

Beginning this semester, look out for a new student organization – Dream Outside the Box – here at CC. Dream Outside the Box (DOTB) is a non-profit organization in Colorado Springs that works to propel at-risk youth onto a higher education trajectory by mobilizing college students to engage children in imaginative careers and extracurriculars. DOTB work with children in existing youth development organizations to provide:

  1. exposure to new activities and career options to broaden horizons beyond stereotypical career aspirations such as rap or football by inviting college student organizations to share their respective interests, such as chemistry & fencing
  2. long-term development opportunities via weekly lessons, camps, and apprenticeships through partnerships with private organizations
  3. opportunities for our youth to embrace service starting at age 5

Every Dream Outside the Box program is designed for dual impact: to propel youth in dream deserts toward higher education while cultivating leadership skills among collegiate volunteers. By producing imaginative programming in dream deserts, college students broaden the horizons of K-5 youth while developing skills to contribute toward the disruption of cyclical poverty.

CCE staff has recently talked to the initiator of the Dream Outside the Box club at CC, Turner Black. We would like to share in this blog what we have find out about the purpose and aspirations of DOTB at CC in the form of an interview.

Julia (CCE worker): Hi Turner! Thank you so much for cooperating with us and sharing this invaluable information about DOTB club that you have started. To begin, please tell us what inspired you to found DOTB at CC?

Turner: Hi Julia! Thank you for helping me promote this organization at CC. Turner: When I was signing up for clubs and applying to participate, I had trouble getting accepted to most of the programs, as they were all quite full. I also happen to simply love and believe in this program, and therefore I thought it would be a great idea to bring it to CC community. I decided to bring DOTB to CC because I know this community on campus can be a bubble sometimes, and I think it is important to be able to create meaningful connections with members of the community, especially when that can be done by reaching out to our youngest generation.

Julia: I have heard that the very first DOTB organization was founded in Columbia University. I was wondering if CC DOTB is going to be connected in any way to Columbia’s club?

Turner: We are not connected to Columbia’s DOTB group in any direct way. However, we are connected with a group that was founded at Missouri State University by a friend of mine when she was a freshman in college. She is now a successful adult who helps to run these programs all across the country.

Julia: This is awesome! I hope she will be able to help you promote your organization at CC.  How do you think this club will impact CC students, culture, and atmosphere on campus?

Turner: I hope this club will allow even more students to get involved with youth in the community in fun, variable, and creative ways. Because our model requires a different student group or organization to get involved each week (as our “Dream Buddies”), a large number of students are able to be involved just a couple of times, when they are available, and are able to become exposed to volunteering with youth without a huge commitment. Along with that, we really strive to create and maintain a consistent group of volunteers (“Volunteer Buddies”) that are willing to make time every week to come and see their “Dreamers” (students) and to truly create a bond with one or two students so that the students have some consistency and something to look forward to each week that includes the same people.

Julia: And what do you think CC students can bring into the club, and how can they get involved?

Turner: CC students can bring energy, creativity, organizational skills, and management skills- all of those things would be helpful. However, the only true requirement for students to bring is a heart full of love ready to pour out to the kids each week. Getting involved is as easy as texting (817) 889-7303 or signing up for our organization on Summit! We will have an interest meeting in early next semester, and will also be at the winter activities fair. There is also an app called DOTB that anyone can download to sign up to volunteer, get more information, and watch adorable videos of previous students sharing their experiences and newfound dreams.

Julia: It looks like there are a lot of ways for CC students to connect to DOTB! Also, What events, if any, will the club organize? Do you have specific ideas/dates in mind?

Turner: I am not quite sure yet, although I do know we will have a fun interest meeting in the first block of next semester, and will weekly be going to a local school or YMCA (not 100% sure which one yet) to do exciting and meaningful activities with elementary school aged students.

Julia:  Are there any groups on campus that might be similar to Dream Outside the Box? If yes, would you be able to cooperate with them and what would you do?

Turner: Yes, there are other groups on campus that work with students, and I would enjoy collaborating with them, especially if they are working with students in middle or high school. I believe that bringing in students of other ages to talk to the elementary schoolers and answer questions about higher education would be a really cool opportunity, especially because we need to inspire them to stay in school until graduation if we want to inspire them to pursue higher education, whatever that may look like. The only issue I foresee with collaborating with other groups is the transportation of students and volunteers, as our budget is somewhat limited in that respect at the moment.

Julia: Talking about the commitment level this club will require, what will be an approximate schedule of the meetings? How big of a commitment will it be for students who get involved?

Turner: We will meet once a week for the first three weeks of block, and then will likely take one week off for fourth week of each block. Each meeting will be located near campus, and transportation will be available for those without cars. Every session will take about an hour and a half total, as the session with students is officially one hour, but volunteers are expected to show up about half an hour early to go over the day’s activities and prepare the supplies – that way, everyone is on the same page when working with kids individually, and we will be able to have group discussions afterwards, as everyone performed the same tasks. Overall, this will not be a terribly time consuming commitment, and, at least for me, it always seems to be far more fun than stressful, as the students are so sweet and loving.

Julia: So I assume there will be opportunities for CC students to get off campus with the club?


Turner: Definitely! We will have weekly sessions at another location off campus, so there will be lots of reasons for students to get off campus.

Julia: What do you feel are the biggest issues/problems facing the club, if any?

Turner: At this point, the main issue I foresee is not being able to recruit enough committed people that will want to come each week, as there are already many clubs on campus. However, I have hope for this club, as I truly believe that once people try it out, they will fall in love with it!

Julia: I hope that many of CC students will be very interested in signing up for DOTB, since even though there are a lot of clubs at CC, there are none similar to DOTB in its purpose. FInally, where do you envision the club to be in five years?

Turner: In five years, I envision the club still in action, with a well-rehearsed curriculum and a stable group of committed students leading it. I hope at this point, we will be able to reach out to our previous students and see how they have come in school, and possibly bring them back into our wing of support and involve them in giving back to their community by doing service through the DOTB programming and mentoring other students to continue pursuing their biggest dreams.

Julia: Thank you so much for such thorough responses! I am very excited to see your passion and see what great things DOTB will do in the future!

Turner: Thank you! DOTB will try its best to live up to our expectations and hopes.


Content and interview by Julia Bazavluk

Colorado College Nominates Evyn Papworth & Mitra Ghaffari for the Davis Foundation’s Projects for Peace Program

The Davis Foundation’s Projects for Peace Program was the initiative of the late Kathryn W. Davis—a woman known for her philanthropy, activism, and scholarship. Projects for Peace’s aim is to encourage students, affiliated with Davis United World College (UWC) Scholars Program partner schools, to devise grassroots projects that will be physically constructed during the summers between each academic school year. These projects specifically seek to encourage peace in communities where there is conflict, by directly addressing community issues in the building of the project. Projects for Peace encourages students to propose unique projects that focus on resolving community conflict through the creation of physical spaces that help to forge understanding and deconstruct barriers of divergence. Student proposals are first selected by their respective schools, and then are submitted by each school to the Davis UWC Scholars Program. Student proposals that are selected by the Davis UWC Scholars Program will be awarded $10,000 to fund the implementation of their project.

The final Davis Projects for Peace presentations were on December 14th, from 3-5 p.m. in the Spencer Boardroom. At this session, students applying for the $10000 grant “pitched” their final proposals for the Davis Projects for Peace to selection committee members. Ultimately, Colorado College’s nominees for Projects for Peace this year are seniors Evyn Papworth and Mitra Ghaffari, whose joint proposal addresses issues of marginalization and socioeconomic disadvantage in Los Pocitos, a community located on the outskirts of Havana, Cuba. More specifically Mitra and Evyn have proposed a project, in collaboration with local leaders of the Akokán initiative for social change, to construct an outdoor community center located in the center of Loc Pocitos.

Evyn and Mitra told the Collaborative for Community Engagement in response to their being chosen by Colorado College: “We are so grateful to have been nominated for the Davis Projects for Peace. The entire process has been extremely rewarding. The support that CC has provided has taught us so much about effective project planning and grant-writing. We want to sincerely thank everyone that has helped us with our proposal along the way.

Receiving this grant would be a valuable way to build off of past experiences and existing relationships in Havana.  Our vision for the project arose from close communication with the community of Los Pocitos in Havana, and we are excited for the opportunity to realize the peaceful product of everyone’s collaboration.”

If their proposal is ultimately selected by the Davis Foundation, this three-part outdoor community center project will be constructed in the summer of 2018.  The possible positive outcomes of this project are immense from construction stages, which would seek to hire local community members and involve the youth via creative workshops, to its lasting premise as a space seeking to bring educational opportunity, cultural heritage, and peace to the community.


To learn more about the Davis Projects for Peace, click the link below:

Post by: Logan Coleman

Farewell and Best Wishes

Sarah Marshall will be leaving the College at the end of this semester, and we’d like to take a moment to express gratitude for her contributions to the CCE and to wish her the best of luck moving forward.

Sarah joined the CCE in the fall of 2012 after making a cross-country move from Ohio, where she taught English and reading for four years at a junior high school.  Hired as the Youth & Education Program Coordinator, Sarah brought a wealth of knowledge around working with K-12 youth, gained from her work experience and BS in Education.

As Youth and Education Program Coordinator, Sarah oversaw student organizations and programs that partnered with local K-12 schools toward the end of supporting the personal and academic development of youth.  In this capacity, Sarah strengthened the College’s relationship with local schools – particularly District 11 – and critically contributed to the maintenance and success of numerous ongoing partnerships.  Additionally, Sarah strengthened and expanded our Public Achievement program, working with multiple school partners to educate and empower youth to be active citizens in their community. Sarah also led the way for the College’s efforts to establish clear guidelines and expectations for college students on how to best work with youth populations, increasing the capacity of the College and the CCE to ensure that CC students are well-equipped to engage with minors in ways that foster and protect their safety (physical and emotional).

Most recently, Sarah built on these years of experience in a new position at the CCE as the Civic Leadership Program Coordinator.  In this position, Sarah advised all community-engaged student-led initiatives at CC.  She worked actively to develop leadership opportunities for CC students, and has forged supportive relationships with student leaders – serving as an invaluable resource for more than 20 student groups on campus.

After December 15th, Sarah will pursue new opportunities that afford her the chance to grow personally and professionally.  While she will be leaving CC, Sarah will continue to grow as a professional in higher education. She will continue a MA program at UCCS in Leadership with a concentration in Student Affairs in Higher Education, and is expected to complete the degree in 2019.

The CCE is deeply grateful to Sarah for her 5 years of service.  Please join us in wishing her all the best of in every future endeavor!

— Jordan Travis-Radke, Director of the CCE

Do you donate blood? You could help save someone’s life!

Donating blood is one of the easiest ways to give back to the community.Did you know that CCE staff schedule multiple blood drives on campus every year? Bonfils Blood Center and Penrose-St. Francis Blood Bank both come and accept donations for two days each semester, and Bonfils is here for another day each summer. You can find their welcoming and professionally trained staff in Worner.

Donating blood is highly regulated by the FDA and is very safe. Sterile, disposable needles and supplies are used once and are safely discarded after each donation. You cannot get HIV/AIDS or any other disease by donating blood.

From the time you first arrive, the process takes less than an hour – but typically only 5-10 minutes of that will be actually be the donation. The rest consists of a short medical history and mini-physical.

Typically, donating blood has four steps:

  1. Registration: You will be asked to provide basic information about yourself such as your name, address and age. You will then be instructed to read or review important donor information.
  2. Medical History Interview: After answering a series of personal questions about your medical history, a blood bank professional will escort you into a private interview area. There you will be asked additional confidential questions and your medical history assessed for donation eligibility.
  3. Mini Physical and Blood Donation: A drop of blood will be taken from your finger and analyzed for red blood cell concentration. This process will assure blood bank staff that your red blood cell count is adequate for you to donate. Your blood pressure, temperature and pulse rate are taken. After all requirements are met, a phlebotomist will cleanse and sterilize an area of your arm. A sterile needle is then inserted in your arm to collect the blood. The collection process will take about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Refreshments: After the donation is completed, you will relax and enjoy juice and tasty snacks. This recovery time will aid your body in replacing the volume you lost during the donation.

Donor & Medical Requirements:

In general, donors must:

  • be in good health
  • weigh at least 110 pounds
  • be symptom free of cold or flu
  • be 18 years of age (if 16 or 17-years-old, may donate with written parental consent)
  • From now on – TATTOOS ARE ACCEPTABLE if the tattoo was applied in a state-regulated shop within the last 12 months

Many medications are acceptable for blood donations including those for high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. If you were deferred in the past from donating blood, please try again. Most deferrals are temporary and deferral restrictions may change.

Interested in participating?

Penrose-St. Francis will be staffing the next blood drive on Wednesday, December 6th and Thursday, December 7th, from 12:00pm-3:00pm in the Worner Lounge. Penrose Blood Bank accepts donors at age 16 with parental consent. Please call 719-776-5822 if you have questions.  All donors must have a driver’s license, and walk-Ins are welcome.

While you are deciding whether you should donate blood or note, here are some interesting factsabout blood donation in the United States:

  • 5 million Americans will a need blood transfusion each year
  • Someone needs blood every two seconds
  • Only 37 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood – less than 10 percent do annually
  • One pint of blood can save up to three lives
  • 5 gallons: amount of blood you could donate if you begin at age 17 and donate every 56 days until you reach 79 years old
  • If there are 100 people in a room, 46 will have type O blood, 40 will have type A, 10 will have type B and four will have type AB
  • Shortages of all blood types happen during the summer and winter holidays
  • Giving blood will not decrease your strength

For more information about blood donation and other programs that Bonfils Blood Center and Penrose Hospital have visit their websites: and

Information provided by Bonfils Blood Center and Penrose St. Francis Blood Bank, compiled by Julia Bazavluk.