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.


Upcoming C+V Events

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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

And when you post on social media, be sure to use the hashtag #YouBelongAtDU

Pathways to Community

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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?

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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.

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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.

Community Talks Webinar:
Self Care in a Virtual World

"Being a part of the human community, it's about sharing the human experience. Trying to figure out how to turn to other people and stay connected is really important."
Shelly Smith-Acuña, Dean
Graduate School of Professional Psychology

30 community members are on our steering committee

15+ in-person and virtual events held so far

1500+ event attendees have helped guide our work

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