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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Communication Studies

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Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Inclusive Excellence

The University of Denver has articulated inclusivity and excellence as core values, supporting the vision of DU as a “great private university dedicated to the public good.” We recognize with the university that academic excellence can only be achieved in the context of diversity and inclusivity.

For resources on the larger context of inclusive excellence at DU, see:

The Department of Communication Studies responds to the university’s call for integrating inclusive excellence into its day-to-day practices of teaching and learning, researching, and serving the discipline, institution, and public. 

The Department of Communication Studies at DU:

  • Interprets inclusive excellence as a commitment to an anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic, anti-religious intolerance, anti-classist, and anti-ableist pedagogy and practice.
  • Recognizes that forms of oppression are structural, interconnected, and overlapping, and affect people and the environment on many levels in their day to day lives, in public and in private.
  • Dedicates itself to community engagement, social justice, and the public good as ways to work within and with the community.
  • Values diverse ways of knowing including lived experiences as important sources of knowledge. 
  • Endeavors to practice ethical listening and empathic communication, and recognizes that power relationships shape difference, disagreement, and conflict.
  • Commits to creating a sanctuary amidst these times of precarity, particularly for those who face oppression, dehumanization, marginalization, and discrimination.