Community Voices

Learning together. Building bridges. Inspiring action. 

Colorado is a unique and special place, with spectacular beauty, closely-knit communities and people working hard to build a future for themselves and their families.  

And like many communities, there are challenges we face. The good news is, in a time when forces seem to be pulling people apart, Coloradans are finding ways to come together. Despite interests and ways of life that may be wildly divergent, people are finding common ground in their shared hopes, dreams and unmistakable sense of purpose and place.  

To inspire action and find opportunities to learn from one another, Colorado State University’s Office of Engagement and Extension created Community Voices, a campaign highlighting individual stories of Coloradans getting involved, working together, overcoming differences and inspiring change. Community Voices focuses on the tough issues and needs facing Colorado and the ways individuals are finding ways to bridge differences across diverse topics and communities. 

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 resourceswith 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.

Learning Together

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.

Building Bridges

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?

Post Viewing

  • 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?

Inspiring Action

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?