The Key Communities office is located on the central-east entrance of the CSU Stadium.
Colorado State University
Fort Collins CO 80523-1032
Connect with students, faculty, and staff in the College of Natural Sciences while learning how science can play a role in making an impact in your community and the world.
IMPACT: Diversity Through Technology
Students who are interested in the crucial role diversity plays in computing and technology will live in Piñon Hall with the other Key Natural Sciences students. Students will learn how computing can play a role in making an impact in the world and how it can enhance any CNS major. For example, biology students can learn about bioinformatics and psychology majors can learn about human-centered design. They will all take a seminar course exploring the role that identities and perspectives play in computing and will also take a Computer Science course. Outside of the classroom, they will have opportunities to teach K-12 students, participate in outreach activities through connected student organizations and mentoring groups, and interact with people from diverse backgrounds.
IMPACT: Diversity Through Sustainability
Students will live in Piñon Hall with the other Key Natural Science Students to explore their common interests in science, diversity, and the environment. Students collaborate with University Housing, the College of Natural Sciences, and the Chemistry department to push the boundaries of how we think about the role that energy plays in our culture, science, and the environment; we will explore the ideas of global sustainability through the lens of a scientist. Students will co-enroll in a 1-credit seminar, “Sustainable Energy in the Natural Sciences,” where we will act and discuss on pressing local challenges, both on campus and in the community. Students lead a weekly Sustainability Committee that spearheads multiple initiatives. Some of the student-driven projects include designing and managing the CNSLC community garden beds, in-hall composting, and building new energy harvesting strategies with renewable resources (sunlight and wind).
The Key Academic Community, engages students in weekly one hour mentor-led modules focusing on academic excellence, service engagement, leadership development, and diversity awareness. The Key Academic Community provide students from a variety of majors interdisciplinary seminar options, while also providing major specific seminar options for students in the College of Engineering, College of Business, and College of Agricultural Sciences.
Students who participate in the Key Academic Community will:
Key Academic seminar topics include: 1) Who Am I? Discovering Our Stories; 2) Rebels, Outcasts, and Society; 3) Psychology of Diversity: From Oppression to Empowerment; 4) Sustainability, Science, and Society; 5) Culture, Community, Prejudice, and Discrimination; 6) Global Identity and Action; 7) Interpersonal Relationships: The Human Connection: 8) Politics of Equity; 9) Breaking Ground: Building Future Leaders (Offered through the department of Construction Management, open to all majors); 10) Engineering (open to Engineering majors only); 11) Business (Open to Business majors only); and 12) Agricultural Sciences (open to Agricultural Sciences majors only).
Key Civic and Key Service are first-year residential learning communities located in Braiden Hall serving students from a variety of majors as they transition into their first year at CSU. The Key Civic and Key Service communities focus on student leadership and civic engagement through service activities, engagement with the Fort Collins and CSU community, and discussions relating to societal issues, both locally and globally.
Students who participate in the Key Civic and Key Service Communities will:
Key Civic and Key Service seminar topics include: 1) CityworksEDU: Campus, City, and Civic Engagement; 2) America’s Sacred Ground: Mulitfaith and Belief Engagement; 3) Ethics of Global Poverty; 4) Education and Diversity; 5) Wildland Explorers.
The Key Explore Community is a first-year residential learning community located on the first floor of Braiden Hall serving Undeclared students as they transition into their first year at CSU. The Key Explore community focuses on self-exploration and student leadership.
Students who participate in the Key Explore Community will:
Key Explore courses options include: Create Your Story (Key Seminar Required).
The Key Health Professions Community engages students who are interested in pursuing Human or Animal Health professions.
Students who participate in the Key Health Professions Community will:
Key Health Professions courses options include: Bridging the Biology and Chemistry Gulf (Key Seminar), Biology, Chemistry, Math, Psychology and Sociology (All University Core Curriculum courses).
Key Plus is an academically focused learning community that works closely with students to develop strong leadership and career decision-making skills. Key Plus is an optional second year and continuing student program for students who are or have participated in the Key Communities or Community for Excellence program.
The Key Culture, Communication and Sport Community is open to NCAA student athletes who have been nominated and selected to participate. Because of the nomination and selection process, this community is not open to all students and does not appear as a community option on the Key Communities application.
Students who participate in the Key Culture, Communication, & Sport Community will:
Anna Marie Almanza
Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator
Collaborative for Student Achievement
CSU Stadium East, room 212
(970) 491-2366 or (970) 491-3658
Coordinator, Key Academic Community
Collaborative for Student Achievement
CSU Stadium East, room 208
(970) 491-6749 or (970) 491-3658
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