Lenses of the Liberal Arts: Voice

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Student writing on whiteboard about civic engagement

Letter from the Dean: Voice

College of Liberal Arts

This issue’s theme of voice elevates the voices we may not hear so that collectively we gain broader awareness of the world around us.

Horsetooth Reservoir

College of Liberal Arts Winter 2023 News

College of Liberal Arts

An update on the Clark Revitalization, faculty achievements, alumni spotlights, and other recent news from the College of Liberal Arts.

George Curtis Levi sharing cultural belongings from the Cheyenne tribe

Stewarding Art, Creating Dialog

Art and Art History | The Gregory Allicar Museum of Art

CSU students in ‘Arapaho & Cheyenne Art and Historyʼ used anthropology, museum studies, history, and ethnic studies to provide a more holistic view of Indigenous arts.

Caleb González poses at the entrance of Harris’ home

Advocating for a human-centered approach to teaching


MFA alum Caleb Gonzalez is a PhD candidate whose research about first-year writing programs at Hispanic-Serving Institutions got him an invitation to VP Harris’s home.

US Constitution

Creating a common narrative for a color-blind democracy


CSU professor Andre Archie advocates a color-blind approach to race relations, emphasizing individual character, family, and economic class for a shared American identity.

An older adult places a seedling plant into a child's hands

Voice and Sustainability


Ed and Jo Barbier examine what democratic societies can do to give a greater “voice” to underrepresented groups and safeguard the well-being of people and the planet.

Two actors performing in CSU's production of Silent Sky

Using the stage to engage societal challenges and democracy

School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

CSU Theatre explores democracy with productions that address community building, fighting injustice, representation, and humor to engage with societal challenges.

Students gather at a conference table and take a vote, raising their hands

Approaching democracy differently: Western and Indigenous approaches

Ethnic Studies

CSU students redefine democracy by using western and Indigenous principles and ultimately crafting a manifesto that emphasizes communal responsibility over individual rights.

Art mural that reads Welcome to Fort Morgan, Colorado

Multilingual voices in a small town

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

CSU Extension intern and French major Abi Somers is creating a medical guide for French-speaking residents in Fort Morgan, Colo. to improve access to healthcare.

Faculty and staff at the Center for Public Deliberation

Amplifying Public Voice: CSU’s Center for Public Deliberation

Communication Studies

Katie Knobloch’s work through CPD involves the design of community engagement programs and how they impact public participation and deliberative democracy.

Colorful overlapping silhouettes of people voting

Underrepresented and Unequal Voices in Democracy

Political Science

CSU political science professors share examples of how some voices aren’t considered in political representation and policy outcomes.

Fracking wells found in northeast Colorado.

Upholding Democracy through Procedural Justice


CSU sociology faculty employ procedural justice, an inclusive and deliberate approach to decision-making, as a way to value multiple voices, fair processes, and transparency.

Long's Peak

Echoes of past promises: democracy and the National Park Service


Ruth Alexander’s research into the history of climbing at Rocky Mountain National Park revealed important stories to tell about access to our public lands.

Stratis Zervos holding a camera to record Antony Blinken departing from Andrew Air Force Base on a diplomatic mission

How Journalists Pursue and Preserve Democracy

Journalism and Media Communication

A videographer, a publisher, and a high school journalism teacher advocate for the importance and role of journalism in preserving and enhancing our democracy.

Student holding up their hand to wave at commencement

Alumni Give Voice to Students Who Might Not Have One

College of Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts alumni provide voice to students from rural or underrepresented communities by creating scholarships.

Collaborative CSU group in Kenya

CSU team launches online tool to help prepare for, adapt to climate changes in African forests

Anthropology and Geography

A NASA-funded team of Colorado State University researchers traveled to Kenya to unveil a new interactive, online tool to help land managers and foresters working in Kenyan and African forests.