Students address racial injustices by engaging in a Critical Civic Inquiry learning and leading experience that fosters collaboration across the City of Denver and beyond.
This project seeks to address several related issues: the call for leaders who can work toward racial healing and equity; the role young people can and should play to meet this demand; the lack of systems that provide experience, exposure, preparation, and access for youth to engage in this work; and the ongoing inequities and irrelevance of our school systems. We propose an educational approach that prepares youth to be the leaders of tomorrow, to engage in real-world, local problem-solving with global implications through a partnership between Denver Public Schools, the City of Denver, and University of Colorado Denver. We will build out our Critical Civic Inquiry (CCI) pedagogical approach and share it internationally through Open Education Resources. We will establish best practices for K-12, higher education, city agencies, community partners, and industry to provide entrée for students to engage meaningfully in problem solving their local city’s most pressing inequities.