Impact Report 2022-2023

Each year, the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (CAHSS) Impact Report highlights the contributions of students and faculty, with the support of alumni and donors, toward our mission of fostering curiosity and creativity in a complex and changing world. This year’s report covers the most notable achievements at the College in the 2022-2023 academic year. 

CAHSS Dean Rhonda Gonzales

A Message from Dean Gonzales

Whether you are a student, faculty or staff member, graduate, donor or a dedicated member of our community, you helped to make 2022–2023 a remarkable academic year for the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (CAHSS).  Our impact report will take you through the many achievements and contributions of our College during the year. And I believe you will find that when our work is viewed holistically, this report shows we are on the path toward establishing CAHSS as a model for a liberal arts education in this century. 

We are proud of the new access to education and professions we have created for students through Strategic Initiatives including our First-Generation College Student Program and Internships for All. Our faculty guide us toward making our world a better place with their innovative research, inspirational teaching and selfless service, through grants and often thanks to the generosity of committed donors and alumni. 

I hope this report and its stories will resonate with and embolden you to join more closely with us on our journey. 


Rhonda M. Gonzales 
Dean and Professor 
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences 

Students on campus

Strategic Initiatives

Our Internships for All Program and the CAHSS First Generation College Student Program both work to help students through transformative experiences, such as internships and mentorship. We also prioritize supporting interdisciplinary faculty innovation through CILCA, the Center for Innovation in the Creative and Liberal Arts.

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Strategic Initiatives in Action

First Gen MA graduate Renissa Gannie.

First-Generation College Student Program

Through our First-Generation College Student Program, students who are the first in their families to attend college receive mentoring, academic advice, and opportunities to connect with other first-gen students.

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Internships for All

Internships provide a critical opportunity for students to apply classroom knowledge in professional settings. For many students, taking an unpaid internship for the experience is not financially possible. Our program makes internships accessible to students by providing scholarships and promoting paid internship opportunities.

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Professor Carlos Jimenez teaches a group of students who are participating in Hidden Voices.

Center for Innovation in the Liberal & Creative Arts (CILCA)

CILCA helps faculty bring their big ideas to life by providing grants for projects that advance the liberal and creative arts. These grants can have a big impact, promoting collaboration across the college and a stepping stone to greater things!

Documenting Essential Voices for Social Justice

Faculty Directors: Carlos Jiménez (Media, Film & Journalism Studies) and Lina Reznicek-Parrado (Spanish Language, Literary & Cultural Studies)

Through their CILCA funding grant, faculty partnered with community organizations to provide meaningful, often bilingual internships to students. Along with applying their Spanish language skills to make a difference in their community, students collected oral histories that will be archived at History Colorado and help add the missing voices of Spanish-speaking Coloradans to the historical record.

The implications of this project and the funding that made it possible go beyond the direct and immediate impact on students and the community. Faculty developed and implemented a micro-credential program in Spanish Media Production, which will allow future students to continue to benefit from these experiences. In addition, the project served as a template for faculty to apply for—and earn—a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant.

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Student Highlights

From winning film awards to curating exhibits, our students have excelled in and beyond the classroom, taking advantage of experiential learning and sharing their passion with the community.

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Faculty & Research

Our faculty are distinguished by their extraordinary commitment to teaching and service, as well as their relevant and significant research and creative work. From receiving honors from the Japanese consulate for years of work uncovering the history of the Amache internment camp, to researching methods for reducing depression during pregnancy, our faculty bring their expertise to the wider community in ways that matter. Students benefit from and are inspired by our faculty's passion and commitment to their work.

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Philanthropic Impact

Lamont students perform

Record Breaking Year in Fundraising for CAHSS Student Support and Faculty Innovation

We're always proud of our community, but this year you have gone above and beyond to support our students, faculty innovation and advances in the liberal and creative arts through your generosity.

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CAHSS in the Community

CAHSS faculty, students, staff and alumni are true to DU's mission of being a private university dedicated to the public good. From Spanish students using their language skills to help local non-profits better serve their community, to faculty and students using art to build links with activists in Iran, our CAHSS community is constantly making connections.

Media Highlights

CAHSS faculty, research, and programs were featured in numerous international, national, and local media outlets. Throughout the year, faculty shared their expert insights on current events and cultural moments as they were happening. These samples are just a few of the dozens of appearances CAHSS made in the media this year.

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Senior Director of Development

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David Smith

Director of Development
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