University of Colorado Launches Interactive State Map of Outreach Efforts
The University of Colorado system has launched an interactive state map to illustrate its outreach efforts around the state.
The map details where CU-affiliated programs and health care providers work around the state, and users can filter it by county, topic, Congressional district, and state house and senate districts. Boulder County shows 332 such outreach efforts.
“What it really comes down to: We are all over the state,” CU President Bruce Benson said. “I think it’s important that people know that.”
The evolving project has been an important priority for him, he added.
CU system spokesman Ken McConnellogue said people tend to think of the university’s work as concentrated on its four campuses, but that’s not the case.
“A lot of people have a connection with the university,” McConnellogue said. “Even more don’t, but those who don’t will typically have a connection with an aspect of our health care, say.”
He pointed to other programs, too, such as CU faculty and students testing water quality on the Western Slope or the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s touring education program.
David Meens, director of CU Boulder’s Office for Outreach and Engagement, said the map continues outreach work that has been done on the Boulder campus. It highlights for the public and policymakers how CU has, throughout the state’s history, shaped higher education and public life through engagement, he said.
“We don’t make it easy, oftentimes, for that history to be understood,” Meens said. “It’s really exciting to have this new tool that provides a platform for visibility of the efforts of our faculty and staff.”
CU Boulder has its own map and database of programs coming specifically from the Boulder campus, too. He hopes the maps and databases inspire other organizations, like nonprofits and schools, to connect with the CU programs in their areas and propose new programs and partnerships to add to the list.
“Hopefully it inspires that desire to connect around programming that can exist in the future,” he said.
The CU system map is available at: cuforcolorado.cu.edu/ .
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