Dr. Bobby Pace sees his acceptance as a prestigious WorldDenver Fellow as a win-win-win.
On one hand, it will serve to increase his knowledge base on global matters affecting the Aurora community, while highlighting the greater Denver area as an international city.
It also represents a golden opportunity for his diverse group of Political Science students at the Community College of Aurora, who Pace hopes will rub elbows with potential new contacts ranging from lecturers, authors, journalists, academicians, and ambassadors that possess real-world experience on subjects germane to his discipline.
An ancillary side-benefit: His participation should enhance the college brand as a whole.
“This is a really important way to get us out there as an academic institution with an international focus,” Pace said.
The WorldDenver Fellows Program, in its second year, identifies mid-career Denver professionals such as Pace and provides them with unique access to all manner of international experts. Fellows are encouraged to develop personal and professional connections with both local and international leaders.
Through this collaborative program, Fellows participate in monthly trainings, lectures, workshops, roundtable panels, and engage international visitors to expand expertise on how international affairs affect national, state and local interests to become globally minded leaders.
CCA recently became affiliated with the WorldDenver program. Pace was selected as the college’s first fellowship recipient after completing the application process.
He has a doctorate in International Studies with a concentration on human rights. He formerly lectured and advised at the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies, and has spent the last three years as lead faculty and coordinator of CCA’s Political Science department. His courses at CCA have covered American Government, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and more.
Pace also has been instrumental in organizing the state’s only Model United Nations at a community college, which will take place a second straight year at CCA’s CentreTech campus April 4.
“It will connect me on a personal level with business, academic and political leaders both here in the Denver area and globally. So from a personal perspective, I see this as a great opportunity for me to develop professional training on a variety of global issues that affect Aurora,” he explained.
“But it’s also a chance to reach out to people who can be resources for our United Nations that we hold here. I’m hoping to make connections that allows me access, and thus gives my students access to the variety of different international dimensions that Denver has.”