Cara DiEnno


What I do

Cara is the Executive Director in DU's Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship and Learning (CCESL). Through her role at CCESL, she supports faculty, staff, and students in their community-engaged work - collaborating with the community through the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

Professional Biography

Cara is a community-engaged scholar who has led the design and implementation of various public participation projects in collaboration with non-profits and city governments. Cara has a background in social aspects of natural resources with a specific emphasis in environmental communication focused on urban residents' interactions with city greenspaces. Cara founded the Campus-City Partnerships research and practice team at DU, which brings students together with city agencies, nonprofits, and residents to collaboratively design thoughtful, rich engagement processes that center equity, address past harms, and build sustainable futures.


  • Ph.D., Environmental Communication, Colorado State University, 2009
  • MS, Environmental Communication, Colorado State University, 2004
  • BS, Environmental Science and Biomedical Sciences, Western Michigan University, 2001