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. We strive to be doers, amplifiers, and connectors in our community. 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.
The result has been a series of community conversations, events and initiatives 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.
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 Featured Events, Updates & Initiatives
Navigating the Future of Artificial Intelligence: Insights from the Experts
Watch the enlightening event featuring the distinguished Lili Cheng, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft. Explore the transformative power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in this dynamic discussion. Lili Cheng shares her expertise and insights into the latest AI advancements, their practical applications, and the evolving AI landscape. The Chancellor then hosts a conversation about the future of AI in higher education and beyond with Lili who will be joined by Vivek Choudhury, Dean of the Daniels College of Business and Russell Kaurloto, Vice Chancellor of Information Technology.
Thursday, November 16, 2023
Community Wellness Hour in Partnership with the Business & Financial Affairs DEI Committee
C+V and the Business & Financial Affairs Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee are partnering up again this year for a Community Wellness Hour at Beans! We invite you to join the BFA DEI and C+V team members at the Joy Burns Center to engage in fun and meaningful conversation on how we can increase community here at DU and to learn about the BFA DEI team.
Stop by to grab a beverage and have some fun conversation with other community members!
- 9:00 am - 11:00 am MST
- Joy Burns Center
Thursday, October 19, 2023
C+V Special Edition Community Talk: Israel & Gaza
The violence that is taking place in Israel, Palestine, and Gaza is incredibly tragic and painful – it is hard to even find the words to explain it. Our thoughts are with all of those affected by this conflict. We know that this has impacted, both directly and indirectly, many in our community. We invite you to join us via Zoom as a panel of DU community members from across the University of Denver engage in meaningful discussion and learning. We will explore the human impact, recent events, and geopolitical context.
Our goal is to create a space for empathy and understanding, where participants can gain insight into the perspectives of those affected and engage in constructive reflection and learning. Join us for this challenging and important conversation.
DU Story Mosaic:
The Community + Values Team is excited to officially launch the DU Story Mosaic: Sharing Stories, Building Community,’ a storytelling initiative at DU. The DU Story Mosaic is a cross-campus collaboration that recognizes the incredible power of storytelling. This initiative aims to bring together the entire DU Community to engage in a meaningful exchange of our unique stories. Our hope is that community members listen, learn from each other, and practice reflection to experience personal growth in the process. We also seek to inspire change within our organization through storytelling.
Explore Our C+V Navigating the Moment Resource Hub
To honor individual and communal wellness through these times, C+V is excited to announce the launch of the this hub, a C+V initiative designed to share and uplift opportunities for the DU community for mindfully, creatively, bravely, and compassionately navigating these challenging times together, as a community. This initiative will serve as a resource hub for DU that will highlight ways to engage and build community while focusing on our wellness as we continue to traverse these changing times.
19,000+ event & program attendees have helped guide our work
Pathways to Community
Who are we as a community?
Through this pathway, we actively explore and build community through various events, programs, webinars, and dialogic sessions. We explore the following questions: How do we build community and show up for one another, within and across our disciplines, divisions, departments, and communities? 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 have emerged. Activities include a Community Voices, increased presence of social media highlights, and featuring the work of our amazing community members via the You Rock! Awards program.
How do our systems and structures reflect our values in action?
We create and adopt practices, and hold ourselves accountable to making decisions that reflect our communal commitments. We draw on the employee engagement and COACHE surveys and campus climate work, expand our use of inclusive pedagogy tools and resources through the Inclusive Teaching Practices website, and create community-led workshops and conversations for defining our shared values and how we imagine living them.
C+V Happenings & Communications
The Launch of DU Story Mosaic: Sharing Stories, Building Community - A Storytelling Initiative:
The DU Story Mosaic is a cross-campus collaboration that recognizes the incredible power of storytelling. Modeled after the Human Library and building on our C+V Community Voices work, this initiative aims to bring together the entire DU Community to engage in a meaningful exchange of our unique stories. Our hope is that community members listen, learn from each other, and practice reflection to experience personal growth in the process. We also seek to inspire change within our organization through storytelling. The Mosaic will offer participants the opportunity to share stories through a variety of creative expressions to cultivate an embodied community experience where everyone can feel safe to be vulnerable and their authentic selves.Learn More about the Story Mosaic
Celebrating Heritage Months
DU is committed to living our values of diversity and inclusion. Our community and institutional success is dependent on how well we engage and embrace the rich diversity of our faculty, staff, administrators, students and alumni. With that shared value in mind and in partnership with Human Resources & Inclusive Community (HRIC), the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI), The Cultural Center, Community + Values, and the Staff of Color Association (SOCA), we will celebrate the identities and histories of members of the DU and world communities each month through through features and events.Learn More about Heritage Months
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
Featured C+V Community Talks
A Community Driven by Purpose
"I deeply believe in what we are doing here at the University of Denver. We're developing the lives of future generations of individuals who will go out and change the world and be a part of our communities."Chancellor Jeremy Haefner
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.
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