Welcome to spring quarter and the rest of spring semester. There is no doubt that the journey ahead will be one that none of us will forget. As I look ahead with optimism and confidence, my first priority is to express my profound thanks to every member of the DU community.
As an institute of education, we have the responsibility to model our highest values for our students—a principle one being our commitment to welcoming, supporting, listening to and lifting up people from all backgrounds.
In many ways, building and participating in community today can feel like we are starting fresh due to forces like rapidly changing technology, globalization, increasing political division and cultural and demographic shifts.
This tradition represents who we are: a community driven by authentic passion, curiosity and intellectual rigor. We keep the student academic experience at the forefront while continuing to push innovation, groundbreaking research and ethical leadership. Faculty and staff awards are an opportunity to reward those that empower us to work towards these values and ideals.
This past spring, we launched the Community+Values initiative. Since then, across campus, dozens of DU community members have come together to further define the scope of C+V and establish the initiative’s structure. We are deeply grateful to these individuals, and we look forward to all we will accomplish together in the coming months.