Community engagement has defined Rosario C. de Bacaâs life. As a young woman she volunteered in health clinics and with the United Farm Workers when Cesar Chavez was organizing for the safety of workers. Rosario involved community members from Denver and Colorado and professionals throughout the country in planning disease prevention and health promotion programs and obtained funding from foundations, state and federal sources to carry them out. As an active parent, Rosario worked to bring parents and community members to meet with teachers and school administrators to find community driven solutions to our schools. She served in DPS CDM committees at Gust and West, District SIAC, Arts Council, Gifted Education Council, was appointed by the board to the DPS Citizens Committee for Bond Expenditures (CCBE), and appointed by the State Board of Education to the State Gifted Education Advisory Committee.