Students from RVU’s Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS) program participated in multiple service projects in the community. In September, a group volunteered at MuckFest® Denver, an obstacle-course and race where all proceeds benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The students aided in running the obstacles and cheered on the participants. “We learned the importance of community, fundraising for research, and the support outside of clinics and hospitals,” said Devin Thomas.
Other student groups served the homeless community in the Denver Metro Area at Urban Peak, a youth homeless shelter that provides essential services at no cost; Denver Children’s Home, which provides community-based services to at-risk or traumatized children; and Denver Rescue Mission’s (DRM) Lawrence Street Shelter. Through these experiences, students challenged their own preconceptions and biases. “Working with [DRM] was a humbling yet rewarding experience,” said Harry Kranichfeld. “It placed me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to make a difference.”