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Nelson Rodriguez

Nelson Rodriguez

Community Engagement Coordinator, University of Colorado Denver

Nelson serves as the Community Engagement Coordinator.  He holds an M.A. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Student Affairs from the University of Northen Colorado, and a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from the same institution.  Prior to joining CU Denver, Nelson spent several years as a social justice educator and community organizer in Greeley, CO.  He has worked with students, faculty, and community members to create opportunities that enhance academic learning, through program coordination around social and political issues, civic engagement, and leadership development.  Nelson serves as a resrouce for students seeking volunteer opportunities, and faculty interested in Service-Learning.  He is passionate about facilitating student engagement and developing collaborative partnerships with community organizations.


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