News & Events

Apr 262017

New Video Online Now!

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”

Travel opens up myriad opportunities for students in the Denver Center for International Studies program – exposing them to new cultures, new languages, new relationships – and forming a new understanding of the world and their place in it. Here are the stories of five young students whose lives have been transformed by travel.

Denver Center for International Studies Foundation from DCIS Foundation on Vimeo.

 

Feb 172017

Ken Salazar to Speak at 2017 Spring Dinner: The World As a Classroom

Join the Denver Center for International Studies Foundation for an evening of inspiring speakers and delicious food with a global flair. We are proud to feature Ken Salazar, former United States Secretary of the Interior, Colorado Senator and Colorado Attorney General, as our keynote speaker this year.

The DCIS Foundation Spring Dinner raises funds to help take global education beyond the classroom and provide travel and cultural exchange opportunities for students of the DCIS schools. These unique experiences increase international understanding, promote community involvement and help students become exceptional world citizens and leaders. (View sponsorship opportunities below!)

When:
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Cocktails: 6:00 pm
Dinner: 7:00 pm

Where:
Denver Athletic Club
1395 Glenarm Place in Denver

Cost:
Tickets are $125. Purchase yours today on EventBrite.
Can’t attend but would like to contribute? Feel free to sponsor a teacher!

Attire:
Business/Cocktail

Keynote Speaker:

Ken Salazar, Former United States Secretary of the Interior, Colorado Senator and Colorado Attorney General

 

 

Honorary Chair:

Jeffrey Campos, Executive Director, Global Chamber Denver

 

 

 

About Ken Salazar
Ken Salazar is a partner at the global law firm of WilmerHale and founded the firm’s Denver office. He is the former United States Secretary of the Interior, United States Senator and Colorado Attorney General. As a Partner at WilmerHale, he provides legal advice to national and international clients on complex matters concerning regulatory, civil and criminal matters.

As United States Senator, Mr. Salazar led successful bipartisan efforts on many matters, including comprehensive immigration reform, the enactment of the 2005 Energy Policy Act, the 2006 Gulf of Mexico Security Act, the 2007 Farm Bill, and the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act. With the help of his leadership in these bipartisan energy efforts, the most significant energy legal framework in U.S. history was created.

As Secretary of Interior from 2009 to 2013, he helped create the nation’s energy independence framework. As part of this effort, he opened up public lands for renewable energy, permitting more power than the equivalent power generation of more than 30 standard power plants. He also managed the crisis concerning the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and led the reform efforts concerning oil and gas exploration and development on America’s public lands. As a lifelong leader in conservation, he helped create ten new national parks and ten new national wildlife refuges. As part of his commitment to civil rights, he led the nation’s efforts to address long-standing injustices in Indian Country.

As Attorney General, he served as Colorado’ chief legal officer and head of the Peace Officers Standards and Training Board. While Attorney General, he oversaw the investigation of numerous civil and criminal matters, including the Columbine High School shooting and the University of Colorado football team sexual misconduct case. Prior to becoming Attorney General, Ken also served as the state’s natural resources director and chief legal counsel to the Governor of Colorado. During that time, he authored the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund and became its first Chairman.

Ken is a member of the Board of Directors of the Target Corporation and is a member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees.


Sponsorship Opportunities

 Globetrotter – $10,000

  • Full-page, color ad in program (camera-ready artwork to be provided by sponsor)
  • Introduction of officer during program
  • Logo displayed on dcisfoundation.org for a minimum of 6 months
  • Name/company included in written event materials including emailed invitations
  • Logo highlighted in video presentation projected on large screens at event
  • Inclusion in press releases
  • Recognition on the DCIS Foundation’s facebook and LinkedIn pages
  • Two tables of 10 with signage

World Traveler – $5,000

  • Half-page, color ad in program (camera-ready artwork to be provided by sponsor)
  • Verbal acknowledgement during program
  • Logo displayed on dcisfoundation.org for a minimum of 3 months
  • Name/company included in written event materials including emailed invitations
  • Logo highlighted in video presentation projected on large screens at event
  • Recognition on the DCIS Foundation’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages
  • Inclusion in press releases
  • One table of 10 with signage

Domestic Destination Explorer – $2,500

  • Quarter-page, color ad in program (camera-ready artwork to be provided by sponsor)
  • Name/company included in written event materials including emailed invitations
  • Logo highlighted in video presentation projected on large screens at event
  • Recognition on the DCIS Foundation’s facebook and LinkedIn pages
  • Inclusion in press releases
  • One table of 10 with signage

Travel Bug – (Table Sponsor) – $1,250

  • A table of ten with table signage (camera-ready artwork to be provided by sponsor)
  • Name/company included in written event materials including invitation
  • Logo highlighted in video presentation projected on large screens at event
  • Recognition on the DCIS Foundation’s facebook and LinkedIn pages
  • Inclusion in press releases
  • One table of 10 with signage

For Information:  Contact Shannon Clifford, 303-895-9072 or email: shannonclifford@comcast.net

Sep 172016

Nov. 2 Fall Fundraiser Featuring Author Helen Thorpe

We are pleased to announce that the DCIS Foundation’s annual fall fundraiser is on the books! Here’s what you’ll find at this year’s event:

  • Guest speaker Helen Thorpe, award-winning author of Just Like Us, speaking about the experiences of four young Mexican girls coming of age in America
  • A student panel featuring DCIS-Montbello and DCIS-Baker students who will discuss topics related to immigration
  • A silent auction featuring great trips and get-aways, art, spa treatments, restaurant meals, classes and lots of other goodies
  • Delicious food donated by Denver-area restaurants, and cocktails

cover imageDate:
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Time:
Cocktails and silent auction start at 6:00 p.m.
Program starts at 7:00 p.m.

Location:
Four Mile Park, Grant Family Education Center
715 South Forest Street, Denver, Colo. 80246
The main parking lot is located on the north side of the Grant Family Education Center, facing Exposition Avenue. Parking spaces for those with disabilities are available close to the main entrance.

Tickets:
$25: students, staff and alumni
$35: general admission
Purchase at EventBrite

Please join us for this fun and memorable event to benefit the DCIS Foundation! Proceeds will support our scholarship program for the upcoming school year.

About Helen:
Helen Thorpe Author PhotoHelen Thorpe is an award-winning journalist who lives in Denver, Colorado. Her magazine work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Texas Monthly, and 5280.

Her first book, JUST LIKE US: THE TRUE STORY OF FOUR MEXICAN GIRLS COMING OF AGE IN AMERICA, was published in 2009. It won the Colorado Book Award and was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post.

Her second book, SOLDIER GIRLS: THE BATTLES OF THREE WOMEN AT HOME AND AT WAR, was published in 2014. TIME named it the number one nonfiction book of the year, and The New York Times said: “Through minute, almost claustrophobic, detail — using military and medical records, as well as therapists’ notes and personal correspondence —Thorpe achieves a staggering intimacy with her subjects.”

Sep 072016

Fall Scholarship Info

Save the dates for fall scholarship opportunities!

Mandatory Orientation:
DCIS Montbello: Sept. 13 during lunch in the conference room
DCIS Baker: Sept. 15 & 16 during lunch, location TBD (stay tuned!)

Scholarship Applications Due:
Sept. 28

Student Scholarship Interviews:
Week of Oct. 10

Jun 142016

DCIS Foundation Seeks Board Members

Dear friends, community members, alumni, parents, teachers and business leaders,

Are you passionate about discovering other cultures, ideas and people around the globe? Does the idea of sending students on travel, cultural and language immersion trips thrill you? If so, consider joining the Denver Center for International Studies Foundation board!

We’re always on the lookout for new board members, and are currently looking to fill some positions. Several of our committees could benefit from your skills – but most of all, your energy and passion for our mission. We’ve just had our most successful year yet! This school year we awarded $39,122 in scholarships to 469 students, and raised over $125,000 for next year’s excursions and programs. Help us continue that momentum!

If you are interested and want to learn more, please contact us at 303-895-9072 or DCISfoundation@gmail.com. Also, check out our video if you haven’t seen it yet: https://vimeo.com/126949733. We look forward to hearing from you!

Jan 112016

Annual Spring Dinner: April 27, 2016

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Please join us for our annual “The World As a Classroom” spring dinner!
Your support of the DCIS Foundation’s dinner will help to ensure international and cultural opportunities for our students from ECE through the 12th grade.

Date:
Thursday, April 27, 2016Denver Athletic Club

Time:
6:00p.m. Cocktails / 7:00p.m. Dinner

Location: The Denver Athletic Club, GrandBallroom, 1325 Glenarm Place, Denver

 

Keynote Speakers

keynote speakersHikmet Ersek, CEO of Western Union and the Honorary Consul for Austria

Dr. Nayantara Ghosh-Ersek, Colorado Vice Consul to Austria, Management Consultant & Trainer, Ghosh International

 

 

 

 

Honorary Chair

Elaine Gantz Berman professional photo 031915Elaine Gantz Berman, Board of Trustees, Metropolitan State University of Denver

 

 

 

 

 

Event Chairperson

FullSizeRender4Melanie Grant, Co-founder, DCIS Foundation

 

 

 

 

DCIS Alum Speaker

Gianina Horton PhotoGianina Horton is a Denver native and an alum of DCIS and Colorado College. She currently works for the Office of the Independent Monitor (OIM) as a youth project coordinator for OIM’s Youth Outreach Project, Bridging the Gap: Kids and Cops. She works to apply her education to address disproportionate minority contact and youth and law enforcement relationships in Denver. She plans to attend graduate school to study criminal justice.

 

DCIS Student Speaker

Jennifer Enriquez Africa 2

Jennifer Enriquez, a DCIS-Montbello student, was a DCIS Foundation scholarship recipient in summer 2015. She traveled to Uganda and Rwanda, Africa with the Global Livingston Institute, a non-governmental organization in East Africa whose mission is to educate students and community leaders on innovative approaches to international development and to empower awareness, collaboration, conversations and personal growth. She says the experience “changed my life.”

Tickets: $125 per person

RSVP and Order Tickets: Order online at EventBrite, or Contact Shannon Clifford, 303-895-9072

Sponsorship Opportunities: We are actively seeking sponsorships at a variety of levels – see Sponsorships below for details!

 

“The World as a Classroom” Spring Dinner Sponsorship Opportunities

Platinum Sponsor – $10,000
• Full-page, black and white ad in program (camera-ready artwork to be provided by sponsor)
• Introduction of officer during program
• Logo on DCIS Foundation webpage with link to company website
• Mention on DCIS Foundation social media pages

Gold Sponsor – $5,000
• Half-page, black and white ad in program (camera-ready artwork to be provided by sponsor)
• Verbal acknowledgement during program
• Mention on DCIS Foundation social media pages

Silver Sponsor – $2,500
• Quarter-page, black and white ad in program (camera-ready artwork to be provided by sponsor)

Table Sponsor – $1,250
• A table of ten with table signage (camera-ready artwork to be provided by sponsor)

All Sponsors:
• Share our commitment to excellence and forever changing the lives of our children and communities
• Name/Company included in written event materials including invitation
• Logo highlighted in video presentation projected on large screens at event
• Inclusion in all press releases
• One table of 10 with signage

For Information:  Contact Shannon Clifford, 303-895-9072

Platinum Sponsors 2016

Raccoon CreekRaccoon Creek Golf Club & Restaurant

Table Sponsors

LeVon Terry
Nina McGibney
Poorvi Parkhie
Kristi LaBarge
Dan Lutz
Linda Lidov
Derek George
Tom Evans
Emily Benson
Maria Monclova
Jill Lohmiller
George Ballaseux
Melanie Grant
Dianna Vigil-Sclavenitis
AHEPA
Denver Sister Cities
DCIS Alumni
DCIS Alumni

Oct 212015

Fall Presentations: Nov. 4 & 18

Save the date! Fall presentations are happening in November. This is a unique opportunity to hear directly from scholarship recipients about their travels over the past year – and get a first-hand glimpse at how travel has transformed them.

Join us on one or both of these dates:

Nov. 4 at 5:30 pm to hear DCIS-Montbello students present (DCIS-Montbello – 5000 Crown Blvd).

Nov. 18 at 6:00 pm to hear DCIS-Baker students present (Su Teatro – 721 Santa Fe Dr.).

Hope to see you there.

Aug 162015

Global Speaker Event & Book Signing

outpost-9781451685916_hrPlease join us on September 23, 2015 for an evening with Ambassador Christopher Hill. This amazing event will include a presentation, a question-and-answer session, a book signing, a silent auction and international food tastings.

What: DCIS Foundation Global Speakers Event and Book Signing
Who: Ambassador Christopher Hill, 2 students, and Honorary Belgian Consulate, Frank Schuchat
Date:  Wednesday, September 23rd
Time: Silent Auction and Food/Beverage Stations-6:00p.m., Program-7:00p.m.
Location: DCIS Baker (574 W 6th Ave, Denver, Colorado 80204)
Ticket Price: General $30, DCIS Students and Staff $15
Order tickets here

Ambassador Christopher R. Hill is the Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at The University of Denver, a position he has held since September 2010.

Hill is a former career diplomat with worldwide experience. A four-time ambassador, nominated by three presidents, his last foreign service post was as Ambassador to Iraq, April 2009 until August 2010. Prior to Iraq, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 until 2009, responsible for bilateral relations with all East Asian countries including China, Japan, Australia and all of Southeast Asia. He was also the head of the US delegation to the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. Earlier, He was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, and prior to that assignment he served as U.S. Ambassador to Poland (2000-2004), Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia (1996-1999) and Special Envoy to Kosovo (1998-1999). He also served as a Special Assistant to President Clinton and a Senior Director on the staff of the National Security Council, 1999-2000.

Aug 162015

Foundation Board Meets 2014-2015 Goals

The DCIS Foundation board of directors had its annual retreat in Estes Park yesterday. We’re proud to say that we accomplished all of our goals last year, and are so excited about the year ahead!

Here are the goals we met: Board retreat 2015
1. Tell our story: We updated our website with a new “student stories” page, produced a video, created a 3-year foundation report, boosted our social media pages and honed our messaging.

2. Cultivate alumni: We hosted an alumni dinner, hosted an alumni event and designated specific alumni tables at our annual gala event in the spring.

3. Meet or exceed the fundraising budget: WE DID IT! We exceeded our fundraising budget by **6%**.

4. Seek out opportunities to expand cross-cultural experiences: We enabled 14 low-income DCIS-Baker high school students to attend a cultural play at Su Teatro; enabled every single DCIS-Fairmont student in grades 1-5 to participate in local cultural experiences and overnight field trips; supported DCIS-Ford’s Global Arts Club; supported DCIS-Ford’s Chinese New Year Celebration; met with DCIS-Ford to explore additional cross-cultural experiences and ideas; sent a class of DCIS-Baker students to Canyonlands for a cultural writing experience; and supported two DCIS-Baker students on their trip to Africa with the Global Livingston Institute.

5. Increase board meeting attendance: We boosted attendance from 69% in 2013-2014 to 84% in 2014-2015.

Friends, thank you for all of your support this past year. We look forward to many great things to come as we expose more DCIS students to travel and culture opportunities, both at home and abroad!

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