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Current Initiatives

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.

Colorado's Future

The mission of Colorado’s Future is to build public trust and improve the processes of public policy decision-making in a way that will build a better Colorado. The Institute has partnered with Colorado’s Future to address fiscal issues affecting the state, strengthening representative governmental systems and rebuilding public trust in government. The main interface between the two organizations is the "Building a Better Colorado through Civic Engagement" pilot program that brought together around 200 “grass tops” leaders in three areas- Grand Junction, Lakewood and Pueblo.  Growing from the success of the first three deliberative dialogues, meetings will be held in early 2010 in counties ranging from Ft. Collins to Colorado Springs.  The Institute is supporting the project in a variety of ways, in particular offering expertise on practices of deliberative and participatory democracy and collaborative political processes.  For more information, please visit their website at

Democracy Lab

Democracy Lab is a program of online learning for classroom and co-curricular use for college and high school students. The centerpiece is its course-based forums, through which students engage in small-group, deliberative dialogue about timely public issues with peers from schools around the country. The program is based out of the Institute’s offices on the campus of Regis University.

After careful consideration, The Institute on the Common Good has decided to take our Democracy Lab Program offline for the near future. We have received a considerable amount of input over the past few years, and recognize that to ensure we maintain high quality standards in the curriculum and facilitation; we would need to invest additional monies and time. With the current economic conditions, we simply are unable to ensure adequate resources for the maintenance of excellent support and for up to date technology and innovative practices. We thank you for your support and interest in the online courses. If you have any questions or comments, please direct them to Malia Crouse at  You may still view our website and access course materials at

Dialogues on Immigrant Integration

Dialogues on Immigrant Integration (DII) is a coalition of community members and leaders seeking to build understanding in an increasingly diverse Boulder County and to encourage collaborative responses to the challenges of immigrant integration. Through the support of the Institute on the Common Good, DII coordinates facilitated conversations throughout the county, engaging a broad spectrum of perspectives. The Institute also supports this process by offering facilitator trainings, dialogue consultation and financial assistance.

Council of Public Policy Education

Council of Public Policy Education (CPPE) has partnered with the Institute to offer workshops, forums and other activities based on a National Issues Forums approach to discussing critical community and national issues and to engage students and other community members in dialogue about issues that affect their daily lives.

Communities Strengthening Colorado

Communities Strengthening Colorado (CSC) is part of a statewide service-learning initiative funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and Learn and Serve America to engage Colorado communities and youth. The CSC initiative is a faith-based community/governmental partnership, fostering youth development through “voluntary action for the common good.”

Mediators Without Borders

Mediators Without Borders (MBB) is a non-profit, humanitarian organization established to partner with communities worldwide to build their conflict resolution capacity for preventing, resolving and healing from conflict. Regis University is establishing one of four chapters in the country, with the assistance of the Institute. The Institute also is partnering with three local schools that have implemented or will implement Restorative Justice as part of their discipline policies through the Denver Public Schools’ Violence Prevention and Intervention initiative.

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