The Institute on the Common Good at Regis University is actively involved with the Denver metro area community as well as across the state of Colorado and the country, facilitating conversations between individuals and groups, offering events, sharing our expertise, and collaborating with a wide variety of civic and social organizations. The projects listed below are some examples of the current work of the Institute.
Civic health is determined by how actively people engage in their own communities. The Colorado Civic Health Project seeks to increase citizens' involvement because they believe strong civic health is an indicator of the communities' resilience and stability. They have proposed five pathways to strengthen Colorado's overall civic participation: increasing voter registration, forging interpersonal connections with other citizens, multiplying the number of volunteers, and engaging and including more people in conversations about current community issues. The Institute supports the Civic Health Project by offering a safe and effective space for dialogue and public deliberation. Here, people can obtain information, comfortably voice their opinions, and thus become more involved in the community.
Kusi Kawsay Andean School is a self-governed organization in Peru dedicated to educating children through a curriculum centered on promoting, protecting, and celebrating the Andean culture and way of life. In 2013, graduates from Kusi Kawsay School started a farm project called Kusi Ñan Organic Farm in order to grow organic produce using a plot of land near Kusi Kawsay and sell it to local families and restaurants. Indeed, their future goal is to enter agro-tourism, where a percentage of their earnings will be given to Kusi Kawsay to support the school. The Institute continues to lend its support to this project by offering advice on nonprofit management as well as sending volunteers from the Master of Nonprofit Management Program to help out on the farm. Several Regis students have vowed to raise money for the farm to help establish a basic infrastructure and fund operations.
Project Don Bosco is a development initiative rooted in Catholic social teaching that seeks to cultivate and further develop various communities in Peru by supporting the communities' local businesses, providing appropriate advancements in technology, promoting their tourism, and enhancing unique cultural assets, including food, geography, and art. In partnership with Project Don Bosco, the Institute has been involved in a permaculture and greenhouse restoration project, shown support for the Dairy and Agricultural Capacity Building, and participated in a mission to improve healthcare. Furthermore, the Institute has formed educational partnerships with San Francisco de Asis School, Instituto Superior Ayaviri, Universidad Catolica San Pablo, and Instituto Pastoral Andina to further develop academic programs in Peru.
Our partners are a key ingredient for the success of the Institute on the Common Good. Our work together can bring meaningful change to our communities and the world.
Regis University, through the Institute on the Common Good, has partnered with the Rocky Mountain PeaceJam Foundation hosting their annual Fall Slam and Spring Youth Conferences. PeaceJam’s mission is to create young leaders committed to social change in their communities and within their own lives. It provides high school students with opportunities to participate in various workshops and community service projects, and it offers them a chance to meet, learn from, and work with Nobel Laureates as they pass on their spirit, skills, and wisdom.
ICG is working with the Regis University's Student Government to establish a student PeaceJam Chapter on campus. The chapter will allow students to become more involved in the surrounding community and provide more opportunities to express their leadership.
Regis University, through the Institute on the Common Good, has joined forces with Serve Colorado, the Lt. Governor's Commission on Community Service across the state. Serve Colorado works to promote and expand volunteerism through a number of initiatives, including national and local days of service. Through our mission, we promote service as an integral component of education and encourage students, faculty, and staff to participate in initiatives designed to help communities thrive. ICG helps provide staffing and funding to honor the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; collect books for the Colorado Reads initiative as part of the MLK Day of Service; and honor the life and legacy of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez by promoting Chavez's birthday with a day of Service and Learning. Together, we encourage participation in activities that improve communities, promote civic engagement, and focus on civil rights.
In addition to our participation, ICG acts as a liaison to these initiatives between Serve Colorado and the local community, Colorado Catholic parishes and other Catholic schools, such as Arrupe Jesuit High School.