University of Colorado Boulder

In the shadow of the Flatirons you’ll find the most beautiful college campus in America. It’s also an academic juggernaut with classes led by a faculty that includes five Nobel laureates, eight MacArthur “Genius Grant” fellows, two U.S. Professors of the Year and four National Medal of Science winners.

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Ana is an educator and researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder. Ana brings to this role rich experiences and knowledge from her ethnographic and participatory study of parent and community engagement in a diverse high school seeking to heal from fragmentation from racialized divisions, gentrification, and school closures in this urban neighborhood. In addition to her role as Puksta Coordinator, Ana is an instructor for the Leadership Studies Minor at CU Engage. Prior to these current roles, Ana worked as an elementary school teacher and community liaison where she developed school-community partnerships and a curriculum based on community engagement. She was also a community engagement specialist and instructor for teachers obtaining CLD and Special Education licensures. Ana holds a PhD in Educational Foundations, Policy, and Practice from CU Boulder’s School of Education and a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from Hendrix College.

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Roudy Hildreth

In addition to coordinating the University of Colorado Boulder’s Puksta Scholars Program, Roudy is Associate Director of CU Engage: Center for Community Based Learning and Research. On campus, he leads efforts to integrate community-based learning into CU curricula, research its impact, and promote community engagement as means to make CU more inclusive. Prior to CU, Roudy served as Associate Professor and Distinguished Teacher of Political Science at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he also was the founding co-director of its Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism. An active scholar and awarded winning teacher, he is co-author of Becoming Citizens: Deepening the Craft of Youth Civic Engagement (Routledge, 2009) and co-editor of Civic Youth Work: Co-creating Democratic Youth Spaces (Lyceum 2012). He has also published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters on topics areas such as community-based pedagogy, democratic theory, the political philosophy of John Dewey, youth civic engagement, and qualitative research.