About Us

The Scrivner Institute works to advance education, research and dialogue centered on developing public policy solutions to some of today's most pressing issues. With an emphasis on practical solutions and a local to global focus, the Scrivner Institute is well-positioned to contribute to the dialogue on contemporary and interdisciplinary policy issues.

What we do:

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    Articulate inter-disciplinary research programs on cross-cutting public policy issues, including strengthening democratic governance, reducing inequality and enhancing inclusion, and catalyzing urban policy innovation.

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    Serve as a neutral hub for engaged civil discourse to address society’s most pressing challenges, acting as a forum and bridge for public policy-related activities across the DU campus.

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    Engage stakeholders—including government, private industry, non-profits, community partners, and others—in defining, analyzing, debating and promoting public policy solutions.

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    Equip students with the lifelong capacity to understand, analyze, and address pressing public policy issues and debates, both as practitioners - through an undergraduate major in public policy and a Master of Public Policy program - and as citizens through robust dialogues and informative events.

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    Engage and collaborate with the Denver and Colorado community on programming related to the public good, acting as a regional convening partner for national and global initiatives.

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The Location

The Scrivner Institute is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountain West, where unbridled optimism meets western pragmatism. Denver is home to cutting-edge public, private and non-profit organizations engaged in fast-paced experimentation and innovation. The Mile High City is a regional, national and global hub that serves as a vibrant location from which to explore the possibilities and promise of modern public policy for the collective good.

The institute’s home within the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies encourages the integration of domestic, comparative, and international policy perspectives in both curriculum and research, a distinctive feature among U.S. public policy programs.



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