Dear Class of 1996,
This past year has been a truly extraordinary period that has reshaped our world in so many ways. One constant has been the impact a Colorado College education has on our ability to understand, adapt and thrive in an ever-changing world. CC and the Block Plan cultivates “superpowers” such as the rapid assimilation of new information and the ability to thrive in collaborative settings.
During my time as a Trustee, one of the projects I have been most grateful to participate in is the launch of Creativity & Innovation at CC (C&I). In true CC fashion, C&I is breaking new ground by redefining the role of creativity and innovation in academic settings. This is not the typical college business entrepreneurship program. C&I is focused on building creative problem-solving skills that can be applied to a wide variety of pursuits and challenges.
Developing creative courage in our students requires building blocks, for example risk taking, mindfulness, vulnerability and empathy. C&I is an academic partnership model with modular programming that faculty inject into their relevant course curriculum in order to build critical capabilities. These skills are indispensable to current and future generations of students who are faced with global scale problems such as climate change, societal equity and labor transformation. Under the founding leadership of Director of Creativity & Innovation, Dez Stone Menendez '02, C&I has supported 32 departments, across 102 blocks, impacting more than 3,000 students.
CC is in the midst of a campaign to raise $27 million to fund the construction of a breathtaking new facility for C&I, which will be a cornerstone building at the intersection of Cascade & Uintah. C&I will be a beacon on CC campus complete with maker facilities, modular classrooms, collaboration spaces, and meditation and reflection areas, which will be open to all students and academic departments.
Honoring our 25th reunion Oct. 8-10, 2021, Lindsay and I would like to challenge the Class of 1996 to meet or exceed a goal of $25,000, which we will match dollar for dollar up to the goal amount. This will be a naming opportunity for the Class of 1996, which will impact the development of global changemakers for generations to come.
When I embarked upon a career in Internet technology possessing a degree economics, it was not what I knew but how I was able to approach problem solving and collaboration that enabled my effectiveness. It is our hope that with your help, we can continue to foster the skills necessary to tackle the world’s most significant challenges in a way that is truly authentic to CC.
We can’t wait to see you in person and to celebrate!
With warmth and gratitude,
Kishen Mangat, Trustee