Stories about learning together, building bridges and inspiring action.
Colorado offers spectacular beauty, closely-knit communities and people who work hard to build a future for themselves and their families. In these communities, challenges arise and when they do, Coloradans come together. Despite different interests and ways of life, people, across the state, find common ground.
To inspire action and find opportunities to learn from one another, Colorado State University’s Office of Engagement and Extension created Community Voices, a video series highlighting individual stories of Coloradans getting involved, working together, overcoming differences and inspiring change. Community Voices focuses on tough issues and highlights how individuals find ways to bridge differences across diverse topics and communities.
A Focus on Housing
To solve long-term housing and health challenges, communities need to bring together a diverse group of voices to the table. Learn how one Colorado community, faced with rapidly increasing housing costs, tackled this problem by inviting a diverse group of people to the table who shared a variety of experiences, ideas and solutions.
A dream realized, Melanin Armendariz, a first-generation student, earned a degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in early childhood education. The process, however, was not always smooth. At times, simply navigating college proved challenging, but with support and effort, she succeeded.
A first-generation student, Alan Munoz knew that he needed to go somewhere and get different perspectives, learn new things and open his my mind to new things. He found that place at CSU and its undergraduate population composed of nearly 25 percent first-generation students.
Farm to School Meals
Across the state, Colorado farmers produce fresh food. Getting that food to local schools can be a challenge. In this edition of Community Voices, find out how people come together to build bridges between local farmers and schools to provide our youth with better nutrition.
Learning as a Bridge
Colorado State University student, Sara Bovaird, reflects on her experiential learning opportunity that allowed her to build bridges with the community of Sterling, Colorado. Her time there, researching and documenting historically significant buildings, made an impact on her and the town.
Endangered Fish and the Palisade High School Fish Hatchery
For students at Palisade High School, their fish hatchery is more than a class project, it is a point of pride and an opportunity to help protect one of Colorado’s most endangered fish species: razorback suckers.
Water as a Bridge
Water is essential to life: Finite, fragile and fraught with a complex and sometimes combative history. This is the story of passionate people finding common ground in the ongoing struggle to manage one of Colorado’s most precious and increasingly scarce resources – with implications flowing well beyond the state’s borders.
Community Voices Discussion Guide
Engage and inspire your group by sharing and discussing our Community Voices series. Select and review one of our stories of Coloradans learning and working together, building bridges, inspiring action and empowering communities to thrive.
In addition to the video stories, our Community Voices site has links to written materials and a variety of resources related to each topic. To make the most of these materials, consider using the discussion guide below to help inspire action in your own organization or community.
Prior to Viewing
- What are some of the ways the subject of this video is important to our lives or our organization?
- What do you know about this topic?
- Have you ever had to work closely with someone you viewed as a rival? How did you handle that situation?
- What new ideas or perspectives did you gain from this video?
- What are some benefits of the approach outlined in this video? What are some risks or potential challenges?
- How did the people in this video work together to build bridges, establish trust or solve a shared problem?
Self-Reflection and Moving Forward.
- What are some of the ways you/we can get involved in this issue in our community?
- Could the approach shown in this video work with our organization or with similar challenges that we face?
- What actions could each of us take based on what we learned from this video?