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2016 Engaged Department Award

2016 Engaged Department Award

The Engaged Department Award recognizes one academic department or program at a CCMW member institution for its exemplary commitment to advancing the civic purposes of higher education through a coordinated effort.

CU Boulder’s Program for Writing & Rhetoric has emerged as a national exemplar for academic departments in various stages of authentically integrating community engagement into their pedagogy, scholarship, and practice. The program’s institutionalization of community-engaged practices is truly unparalleled in the region. We are truly delighted to be able to honor the Program for Writing and Rhetoric for its many accomplishments and look forward to celebrating those to come.

Mountain West Engagement Awards
Program for Writing & Rhetoric, University of Colorado Boulder
Thursday, October 20, 2016


“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
----Viktor Frankl

From the podium situated at the front of the room to the tables set up in uniform rows to the individuals sitting in identical chairs, speckled throughout, this classroom could be any college classroom across the country.  The stories that emanated from this little, plain room...