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Are you a Globeville or Elyria Swansea resident?

The CSU team wants to make sure the local community has a special sneak peek of CSU Spur, and we want your feedback on what that looks like.

Anchored in community

The CSU System is committed to being a good neighbor and is working toward the implementation of an Anchor Institution framework to prioritize the communities of Globeville and Elyria-Swansea, through its permanent location at the CSU Spur campus as part of the National Western Center.

At its core, the Anchor philosophy works to leverage institutional opportunities to support the communities surrounding a specific place. CSU Spur will open in 2022 as a long-term neighbor to Globeville and Elyria-Swansea, and will continue to work within this framework as a state institution.

Anchor Institution Mission Overview

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Intentional use of resources for long-term and place based community wellbeing.

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Recognition that institutions and community wellbeing are connected.

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Use of economic and local hiring power to enhance ownership and financial stability.

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Working toward measurable improvements in health and safety, community building, economic development, and education.

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“A commitment to consciously apply the long-term, place-based economic power of the institution, in combination with its human and intellectual resources, to better the long-term welfare of the communities in which the institution is anchored.”

— Dubb, Steve, et al. The Anchor Dashboard. The Democracy Collaborative, 2013

CSU Spur ongoing work in the community

Health, safety, and the environment

Safe streets and campuses, healthy community residents, healthy environment

Annual Animal Care Clinic

Hosted by CSU CVMBS, Dumb Friends League, and Focus Points Family Resouce Center, this free and open-to-the-public event is designed to bring veterinary care, community education, and health resources to pets and families living in the neighborhoods around Spur and has happened annually since 2013.

Temple Grandin Equine-Assisted Services

This program will offer services including physical, occupational, and speech therapy, behavioral counseling and therapy, and adaptive horsemanship activities out of the Vida building.

BioBlitz Pro

Opening to the public in the coming years, this event brings together experts from the Butterfly Pavilion, Denver Zoo, Pinyon Environmental, CSU, and other partners to collect ecological data along the South Platte River to monitor the impacts of development and restoration efforts near Spur.

Sustainability Investments

The pursuit of LEED Gold status, renewable and district-wide energy, water reuse and state-of-the-art practices in food production will have benefits that extend past the boundaries of the campus.

YouthCAN

A Rockefeller grant focused on healthy lifestyles, the YouthCAN group compensated youth for their time and students focused on healthy school lunches. The group worked in concert with The Big Green garden at BRS, which will provide an opportunity for food grown in the garden to be served in the school cafeteria.

CSU Extension Environmental and Agricultural Services

Staff works with the community to provide soil and plant testing services as well as recommendations for households to have greater opportunities to grow their own food.
Education

Educated youth and opportunities for lifelong learning

CSU Spur Scholarship

This scholarship delivers on a direct ask from the community to provide a scholarship for students who live in the 80216 zip code. The need-based scholarship is available for students who are admitted to any CSU System institution, for up to $2,500/year.

Colorado Tuition Assistance Grant and scholarship connections

improving access and awareness to existing scholarship and grant programs at CSU System institutions to assist students in the GES neighborhoods.

College campus visits

As part of the MOU with Bruce Randolph School, students visit CSU Pueblo and CSU Fort Collins during their tenure at Bruce Randolph School.

College access events

CSU’s partnership with Bruce Randolph School led to events like “Road to CSU,” which takes a day for students to consider higher education options and ask questions that are relevant to their grade level. Admissions staff from CSU and CSU Pueblo run the program in partnership with BRS staff for all 800 students.

AgConnect Pathway for Denver Public Schools

CSU has leveraged partnerships with The Big Green to have an outdoor teaching garden installed at Bruce Randolph School in April of 2021, dual enrollment in relevant courses, and development of agricultural programming at BRS in alignment with the AgConnect Pathway.

Water Sustainability Fellows

CSU has run intensive educational programs for high school students to work alongside college students and learn about important world issues like water. The Water Sustainability Fellows was a program where students were compensated for their summertime work and were empowered to host a water-centric community event.

Youth Action Team

An ongoing program for high school students to be compensated for their time to work on self-guided programs related to Spur and NWC. The Youth Action Team developed a framework for internships related to Spur and NWC, as well as a job shadow program in 2020.

Little Shop of Physics

CSU programs like Little Shop of Physics host community events for students and their families to have an opportunity to learn together. BRS juniors in Physics visit the CSU campus to learn the experiments and then teach their peers when LSOP hosts the event at their school. Students from surrounding elementary schools are also invited and the program reaches about 900 students.
Community Building

Stable and effective local partners, financially secure households

Partnerships and sponsorships to community-based organizations and schools

CSU System holds more than a dozen partnerships in GES, including schools, nonprofits, and healthcare organizations.

Educational programming

4-H has been active in providing educational programming for the GES community in conjunction with community nonprofits.

Campus connections to support neighborhood research and development

CSU researchers and staff have engaged in everything from water quality testing and environmental evaluation to transportation connectivity.

Services and spaces accessible for community partners

A commissary kitchen at CSU Spur will connect with nonprofits in the community, in addition to garden space, innovation spaces, and ongoing free educational programming.

Neighborhood renovation projects

CSU students and staff have worked with Extreme Community Makeover to work side-by-side with homeowners to complete projects on their homes.
Economic Development

Equitable local and minority employment, thriving local and minority business community, housing affordability, vibrant arts and community development, sound community investment

Internship opportunities

CSU System is committed to hiring local, high school students as paid interns starting Spring 2021.

Funding designated for public art

Local artist Anthony Garcia with Birdseed Collective is one of the eight artists hired for major art installations at CSU Spur.

Local purchasing commitment

CSU System has worked with procurement to address a commitment to local catering and purchasing whenever possible.

Construction hiring

JE Dunn is partnered with WORKNOW, which provides wraparound support and local hiring for local workers, as part of hiring for their 2,000+ construction jobs at CSU Spur.

Local hiring commitment

CSU System is working with its local partners to promote job opportunities and identify more ways to connect neighboring communities to workforce opportunities at Spur.