Community + Values Initiative
People yearn to feel connection and a sense of belonging, even as they pursue their individual goals. This is especially true at the University of Denver, where we create knowledge, strive to have an impact, and are dedicated to the public good.
Community + Values is the focused and empathic work we are doing as a community, to strengthen ourselves from within. The initiative began in spring 2019 as a way to compose a collective narrative that creates a greater sense of shared values and belonging. We have invited and connected with thousands of faculty, staff, students and alumni to contribute their voices and energy and help us explore. And, that’s exactly what they have been doing.
So far, the result has been a series of community conversations and events that have helped us understand the opportunities we have as a community to create a greater sense of belonging for all. We know that DU does not yet feel like “home” to everyone who wants to belong, and we want to change that. We also know that many already feel entirely comfortable at DU, and we want to amplify those experiences.
Especially now—as our campus and community responds to the challenges of COVID-19—we want to hear from you. Your voice and your heart belong in this work. DU is your home. It’s our home.
C+V Events & Initiatives
Thursday, September 17, 2020
C+V Community Talks: In Person, Online & In-Between: Navigating School Environments During COVID
One of the biggest areas of change and uncertainty for community members right now is being back in school environments during COVID — we recognize that DU community members are sending their own children back to school, tackling online education, or both. We also have parents of DU students sending their children off to college, knowing things can change quickly. With this in mind, our webinar will feature Stephen Ginsberg, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and DU alum, who will answer questions on navigating school environments during COVID, managing stress and uncertainty for parents and students during a pandemic, and how to cope and stay mentally healthy through these times.
Thursday, October 1, 2020
C+V & 4-Dimensional Experience: How to Intentionally Build Community
Community is a powerful concept – community allows us to feel a sense of belonging and support. Fellow community members are there to hear us, see us, share in experiences with us, and accept us for who we are. However, building community does not just happen. It takes intentional, authentic, thoughtful action to connect and engage with others. We invite you to join Community + Values, in collaboration with the 4-Dimensional Experience and other campus partners, as we create an authentic space for DU community members to come together and dialogue about how we can intentionally build community together at DU.
- 2:30 PM- 4:00 PM
Community + Values is excited to announce the launch of Community Voices, a C+V initiative focused on capturing and elevating the stories and voices of our community. We invite you to visit the Community Voices web page to hear the stories of community members.
Talk to us!
What would make me feel a deeper sense of belonging at DU?
What role am I willing to play in building the community I want and need?
Send the answers to firstname.lastname@example.org
And when you post on social media, be sure to use the hashtag #YouBelongAtDU
C+V Happenings & Communications
Growing the You Rock! Awards Program through Campus Partnerships
We are excited to report that through a partnership with VPFA, Community + Values, Human Resources & Inclusive Community, Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence, and Advancement, Alumni Engagement, we are now expanding the You Rock! Awards program. This will enable us all to acknowledge the great talent, dedication, resilience, and courage of our entire DU community. Anyone, whether student, staff, faculty, alum, parent, or friend, can nominate a fellow community member for their small and larger accomplishments.Learn More and Nominate a Community Member
A Letter to the DU Community from C+V: In Solidarity & Strength
Read Community + Value’s full letter to the DU community in response to the continued violence against Black people with the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery. The C+V Steering Committee refuses to stand by in silence or passivity and let this systemic violence and crimes against Black people and their lives continue to happen. We reassert, in the strongest terms, our continued stance against institutional racism, violence, bias, hate, and injustice.Read Now
DU Launches New Website to Support Educators and Share Inclusive Teaching Practices
Growing out of the Community+Values initiative and led by Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave, director for inclusive teaching practices, this website is dedicated to inclusive teaching practices and aims to solve complex problems, engage multiple perspectives, foster greater belonging, show compassion beyond boundaries and shape the future of our world. Here, educators can explore critical diversity considerations that shape higher education in real time, read academic articles, visit suggested websites, and watch recommended TED talks and videos.Read the First Blog Post and Learn More
3100+ event attendees have helped guide our work
Pathways to Community
Who are we as an academic community?
Programming may include hosting speakers, art exhibits, debates and design studios as we explore the following questions: How do we show and define value as an academic enterprise, within and across our disciplines? And how does our identity as an academic institution shape, benefit and inspire community for everyone connected to DU, regardless of the role they play?
What is our collective relationship?
How do we access, create and live in community—individually, in small collectives and as a whole? As we share our stories, we learn about the real differences in the ways we experience community. As well, some patterns of our shared values will emerge. Activities will include a story-telling initiative, and some new shared experiences such as a Public Good Day.
How do our systems and structures reflect our values in action?
We will create and adopt practices, and hold ourselves accountable to making decisions that reflect our communal commitments. We will draw on the employee engagement and COACHE surveys and campus climate work, expand our use of inclusive pedagogy tools and resources, and create community-led workshops for defining our shared values and how we imagine living them.
Inclusive Teaching Practices | Office of Teaching & Learning
Growing from Community + Values
Led by Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave, PhD, Director for Inclusive Teaching Practices and Co-Lead of the Community+Values initiative, this project aims to solve complex problems, engage multiple perspectives, foster greater belonging, show compassion beyond boundaries and shape the future of our world. This is inclusive teaching at the University of Denver.
Learn MoreVisit the Site
C+V Community Talks:
Racial Justice: How We Show Up for One Another
"... these moments are centuries in the making, and having a set of principles and the theory of power can really link us in terms of our work and continue to drive this work moving forward."Dr. Tom Romero, Interim Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion