On Cookies and Revolutions: Exercising Civic Health with Evan Weissman

“Think of everything you currently own.” When Evan Weissman posed this prompt to the second-year PLPers during the speaker event, most of the responses ranged from personal belongings, like cell phones or clothes, to books and pens and skis. But, when Mr. Weissman asked about public spaces, natural resources, and the air we breathe, nearly… Read More On Cookies and Revolutions: Exercising Civic Health with Evan Weissman

Colorado Leadership Alliance Leadership Exchange: Salt Lake City

In September, I had the pleasure and the privilege to attend the Colorado Leadership Alliance’s Leadership Exchange Program (LEX) in Salt Lake City, Utah. As one of two students in attendance, it was an amazing privilege and honor to be representing the Pioneer Leadership Program, along with the University of Denver, during our three-day visit… Read More Colorado Leadership Alliance Leadership Exchange: Salt Lake City

PLP Passport Project: The Golden Danish Triangle

Denmark is internationally renowned for its high taxes, social welfare programs, and breakfast pastries. While popular culture may stereotype Denmark as a socialist utopia, like Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton did in the 2016 Democratic Primary, it’s a bit more complex: Denmark was ranked by Forbes magazine as the best country in the world for… Read More PLP Passport Project: The Golden Danish Triangle

Imagine a Great Leader: Talking with Federico Peña

Former Denver Mayor Federico Peña is, perhaps, the epitome of the “leader as a community steward” profile. While his leadership inspiration derives from some of the greatest names to have impacted our world, such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez, and John F. Kennedy, his humble, yet effective approach to serving the needs… Read More Imagine a Great Leader: Talking with Federico Peña

PLP Passport Project: U.S. Department of State Student Internship

This summer I was selected to be an intern at the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi, UAE with the State Department Internship Program and had some of the best learning and cultural experiences of my life. The ten weeks I spent in the management section were very informative, interesting, and fun. I worked on projects… Read More PLP Passport Project: U.S. Department of State Student Internship

PLP Passport Project: Child Development in Colombia

1460 Gutsy Hours Occupying space at the airport has never been more challenging. From the moment I checked-in this morning, I felt like I was in someone’s way, constantly saying “excuse me…oops, I didn’t see you there. Yikes.” The morning has been perfectly reminiscent of the last time that I traveled abroad and alone. Recently I was… Read More PLP Passport Project: Child Development in Colombia

PLP Passport Project: Tourism, Human Capital and Capitalism in Cuban Society

In March of 2016, a fellow PLP student and myself were given the opportunity by the PLP Passport Fund and the DU Partners in Scholarship Fund to conduct research in Havana, Cuba for two weeks. As a team with background in Economics, International Studies, and Sociology, we set out to get a look into the… Read More PLP Passport Project: Tourism, Human Capital and Capitalism in Cuban Society

PLP Passport Project: Partners in Development Service Trip – Guatemala

Partners in Development in San Antonio, Guatemala Over the summer of 2016, I had the opportunity to travel to the impoverished area of San Antonio, Guatemala to work alongside local residents and a branch of Partners in Development (PiD), an organization whose mission is to give back to underprivileged areas of the world.  Upon my… Read More PLP Passport Project: Partners in Development Service Trip – Guatemala