MSU Denver's Center for Urban Connections is dedicated to developing and sustaining collaborative relationships between the University and its surrounding community, promoting student leadership, and supporting university-wide service and outreach.
Since he took on the leadership of MSU Denver in 2005, President Jordan has consistently talked about his vision of an “urban land-grant” college that meets the needs of the community by incorporating an extended and applied service mission constructed upon mutually beneficial partnerships.
To realize Dr. Jordan’s strategic initiative of engaging, collaborating, and working with the community, the Civic Engagement/Urban Land Grant task force was born in 2008.
Together, MSU Denver faculty, staff, and students researched various models of community engagement, visited successfully engaged campuses, and developed a set of proposals designed to continue and expand the University’s connections to the greater metro Denver community.
As a result of the recommendations of the task force, the MSU Denver Center for Urban Connections emerged in 2009. Housed in the Tivoli 243, the Center is an accessible resource for students, faculty, and community partners.