Community Studies Electives

INVST Community Studies helps CU-Boulder students become engaged citizens and future leaders.

All Community Studies courses educate, equip and inspire students for careers serving humanity and the environment. In each course, students will experience a sense of community in the classroom.  We limit our course enrollment so that we can enhance connections among students, deepen opportunities for learning and be responsible to the Community Partners we're serving. INVST Community Studies has always offered small classes for an intimate, transformational learning experience.

INVST Courses open to all CU students:

INVS 1000: Responding to Social and Environmental Problems through Service-Learning
By integrating theory with required community service, students explore how problems are shaped by cultural values and how alternative value paradigms affect the definition of problems in areas such as education, food justice and the environment. Students examine different approaches to solving problems and begin to envision new possibilities.  Approved for Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum: Ideals and Values.  This is a 4 credit course taught by Sabrina Sideris, M.A.

INVS 2919/EDUC 2919: Renewing Democracy in Communities and Schools
This service-learning course will change your life! Examines concepts of citizenship, democracy, power, and diversity through classroom discussions and participation in a local Public Achievement project. through commmunity-based partnerships, students will develop leadership skills; dialogue with diverse groups of people; identify multiple perspectives around controversial issues; and learn to use research and writing to articulate public problems and advocate for their solutions. Same as EDUC 2919. Recommended prereqs., INVST CLP courses or INVST Community Studies electives. Approved for School of Education Minor and Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum: Human Diversity. Taught by Elaina Verveer, MA.

INVS 3302/WGST 3302: Facilitating Peaceful Community Change
Students gain knowledge and skills that enable them to become effective facilitators of community goals. Focuses on understanding the processes of community building with multicultural emphasis. Students are encouraged to apply concepts of life experiences and to examine themselves as potential change agents. Focus on food justice, sustainability, activism and multicultural social justice. Same as WGST 3302.

INVS 4402: Nonviolent Social Movements
Explores theories of democracy and development in relation to movements for nonviolent social change. Focuses on means and ends, spirituality, leadership, decision-making, civil society and decentralized power. This is a 3 credit course taught by David Meens.

Contact Melissa Rubin at or 303-492-7719 to ask questions about course registration.

Civic Engagement! INVST students Diana Downard & Annie Brashear being interviewed by Sam Fuqua at KGNU Community Radio


Inclusion Commitment:

We actively seek and support the participation of individuals and communities that reflect diversity of ability status, age, color, ethnicity, gender, gender variance, life experience, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and veteran status.


Commitment to Anti-oppressive Education:

INVST Community Studies is committed to anti-oppressive education. We acknowledge the importance of examining not only how groups are oppressed but also how groups are privileged and how these two processes maintain social structures. We are dedicated to challenging dominant ideologies and systems, centering traditionally underrepresented voices, questioning the assumption that information is unbiased, and critiquing what is thought of as normal.