Speaker Date Topic
Jamal Bowen Apr 20, 2021
First-Year Experience Program at the Community College of Denver

Jamal Bowen was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in a neighborhood called Montbello in Denver, Colorado. Montbello and Denver Public Schools have shaped who he is today.  It has taught him to be a leader and to be transparent. He attended DPS for all K-12 experience and graduated from Colorado State University in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in Ethnic Studies. He obtained his Master's Degree in Organizational Management with a specialization in Public Administration from Ashford University Forbes School of Business & Technology in San Diego, CA in 2016. 

Mr. Bowen currently serves as the First-Year Experience Coordinator and Chair of Advanced Academic Achievement (AAA) at the Community College of Denver. He also teaches Business and Entrepreneurship. Jamal is a member of the African Leadership Group (ALG) Business and Economic Opportunity Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the African Chamber of Commerce Vice Chair of Entrepreneurial Education. Mr. Bowen received the Post-Secondary Educator of the Year award from the Education Center on March 7, 2020.

Cara Camping May 04, 2021
Protecting and Supporting Animals Through Legislation

More info to follow...

Alison Hedgepath May 18, 2021
CASA - 20 Years of Advocacy

Alison Hedgepath, Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator. 1.5 years with CASA Jeffco/Gilpin

“CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) are volunteers appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court and other settings. A CASA volunteer acts as the voice of the child, offering another set of eyes and ears for the court. CASA volunteers might: help siblings find permanent homes together, help a child access needed services, advocate for tutoring/therapy/extracurricular activities, and make recommendations to the judge on placement.

CASA Jeffco/Gilpin is lucky to have the support of 329 active CASA Jeffco/Gilpin volunteers. Yet, we are only able to serve 34% of the cases that need a child advocate, leaving hundreds of children without a voice in our court system. The devastating effects of broken lives can be changed when a CASA volunteer steps up to advocate for abused and neglected children.

There are several ways to help CASA Jeffco/Gilpin: becoming a CASA volunteer, donating money, donating in-kind items (toys, books, clothing), sharing about CASA on social media or in your community groups.”