Engaged Institutes

Empowering Our Communities to Thrive

Through our engaged institutes and centers, the university, communities and individuals come together around civic, community and economic development needs, research, teaching and service. Find engaged institutes aligned with your community’s needs.

Center for Public Deliberation (CPD)

The Center for Public Deliberation focuses their energy and expertise on elevating the conversation, not winning the argument. Since 2006, CPD has partnered with local governments and organizations throughout Northern Colorado to do just that.

Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRISS)

IRISS aims to connect and support social scientists with other researchers, as well as university, community, and industry partners. At their core, they:

  • Enhance social science research capacity
  • Improve grant competitiveness campus-wide
  • Promote interdisciplinary research networking opportunities
  • Provide and support research methods training

Regional Economic Development Institute (REDI)

REDI is an engaged research enterprise that aims to understand, analyze, and inform economic development strategies particularly in struggling regions in both rural and urban areas, especially in Colorado.

Straayer Center for Public Service Leadership

The Straayer Center for Public Service Leadership provides public-service oriented professional development opportunities for students; facilitates applied research on policy issues and governance processes linking academics and practitioners; and provides thought leadership on public issues through university and community partners. The Center has three main areas of activity:

  • Student experience and experiential learning
  • Applied research and practical application
  • Community outreach and university engagement