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.

Coordinator Info
Allie Vanbuskirk

Allie is an eco-social justice educator at the University of Colorado in Boulder, known for her impassioned style of teaching and care for her students. In addition to her role as Puksta Coordinator, she is an instructor for the INVST Community Leadership Program and the Leadership Studies Minor. Allie brings over a decade of experience in project management, service-learning, group facilitation, and resource development. Her background includes serving as a staff and board member for a variety of non-profit organizations focused on youth development on the Front Range. In addition to her professional endeavors, Allie has been devoted to the study and practice of mindfulness, meditation, ritual arts, herbalism, and embodiment for much of her life and is a certified Community Herbalist, Yoga Instructor, and Feminine Embodiment Practice Group Facilitator. As with all of her work, she is dedicated to exploring these tools and practices within a justice framework. Allie holds a B.A. in Communications and a Certificate in the Study and Practice of Leadership from the University of Colorado Boulder, as well as a M.A. in Contemplative Education from Naropa University. She enjoys living in Golden with her dog Sunny, taking mini-trips around the state of Colorado, learning new skills, cooking, and reading.

Coordinator Info
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.