Ideas to Impact Workshop & Beyond

Nov 1, 2022

As DU celebrates our teacher-scholar model and prepares for an ambitious fundraising campaign, the need for creative, big ideas has never been more essential. On October 28th, Provost Clark launched the Ideas to Impact workshop where nearly 100 faculty members participated in a the beginnings of a larger campus-wide campaign for faculty to brainstorm and ideate, connect with peers, and devote time to thinking about and discussing what could become transformational, distinguishing, transdisciplinary, and interdisciplinary ideas for the University of Denver to pursue through academic programming, fundraising, and other opportunities.  


The goal is to identify the top ideas that will lead DU into the future.

To achieve this goal and building on the successes of the Knowledge Bridges project (e.g., the Migration/Immigration Knowledge Bridge, and the Mental Health Collaborative), Ideas to Impact focuses on existing transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary concepts, including:

  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Democracy 
  • Sustainability 
  • DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)
  • Health at DU
  • Educational Pathways
  • New Big Ideas


Ideas to Impact Timeline:

Step 1: Faculty participate in the Ideas to Impact Workshop and brainstorming event on October 28, 2022.

Step 2: By January 17, 2023, respond to the call for proposals. Proposals will be reviewed by the Ideas to Impact Review Committee, composed of the Provost and other Campus Leadership, DU Deans, Faculty, and Advancement staff.  

Step 3: During Winter 2023, selected finalists will be announced and asked to develop their ideas into a white paper for submission to the Review Committee.

Step 4: During Spring Quarter 2023, white papers will be reviewed. Finalists will be announced by June 30, 2023. 

Step 5: Between Fall of 2023 and Spring 2024, DU’s most ambitious fundraising campaign will be publicly launched.

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