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Cara DiEnno

Associate Director, CCESL, University of Denver

As Associate Director for the University of Denver (DU)’s Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL), Cara supports faculty in their community-engaged work including service learning through training and consultation and assists in managing DU’s Public Good Fund, which provides grants and fellowships to DU faculty conducting community-engaged scholarship. Cara also manages CCESL’s various student programs, including Public Achievement, a youth civic engagement program which partners DU students who serve as coaches with Denver middle and high school students for a full academic year.

In 2009, Cara completed her dissertation, “A Case Study of Social Capital and Collaboration as a Communication Process in an Urban Community-Based Ecological Restoration Project,” to earn her PhD in Environmental Communication from the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department at Colorado State University (CSU). She earned her MS from CSU as well and also holds a BS in Environmental Studies and Biomedical Sciences from Western Michigan University.         
Cara’s work is grounded in her own commitment to social justice and engagement. In 2007, she was the recipient of a Fort Collins Community Civility Award for service to the CSU campus and Fort Collins community.


“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

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