Community Voices

Honoring the stories of our DU community

In our C+V declaration, we declare our intention to “engage multiple perspectives and foster greater belonging.”

Born out of the Experience Pathway, C+V has made it a mission to gather the stories of the people we work, study, and live with to share our community's voices. There is power in a person’s story—in their culture, background, and experiences. We want to make space for everyone and ensure that all DU community members have a seat at the table. These stories will help us to understand the different experiences of people on our campus and how we can take action steps to ensure DU is a welcoming and inclusive place for all. We know that DU is not a perfect place, and we want to acknowledge these errors and learn from them. In addition, these narratives will inform our DU Values as we explore them as a community and boldly state what we stand for and what we do not stand for.

Over the past year, we reached out to our community. Many responded with bravery and a willingness to share, and we are honored to feature their voices in our Community Voices initiative. There is power and importance in storytelling and sharing one's experiences (Crenshaw, 1997; Ladson-Billings, 1998; Solórzano, 1998; Solórzano & Yosso, 2002). We intentionally have created this space for our community. We want to emphasize that we encourage all of those listening to these stories to practice active listening, compassion, and empathy. This project is meant to honor and recognize that each individual’s story is unique to them, and this is not meant to be a space for conflict, but rather, a place for learning from one another in our community and creating connection so that we can begin to create a deep sense of belonging at DU for all.

We commit to continuing our efforts to capture our students, faculty, staff, and alumni stories. We know the importance of a personal narrative. And especially during these unique times, it’s more essential than ever to feel belonging and to bond through our shared values and experiences.

Highlighting the Intersectionality of the DU Community

An ODEI & C+V Partnership Initiative

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Summit Snapshots: 20 Years of Intersectionality at DU

This year the DU's Diversity Summit turns 20. Along with the traditional presentations and panels, ODEI is happy to partner with Community + Values to create a spotlight centering the intersectionality of the DU community called "Summit Snapshots: 20 Years of Intersectionality at DU.”  

"I am from..." poems are a creative way to reflect on the many intersecting identities we all hold in the DU community. These poems allow us to contemplate the many experiences that shape the way we move about the world by guiding us through a sensory journey of some of our most memorable and influential moments in life. This project features representation from students, faculty, staff, and alumni, giving a broad picture of what it means to be part of the DU community. We invite you to read the I Am poems of our community and learn more about the authors.

Read the I Am Poems

Elevating Community Voices Through Digital Storytelling

Walid Hedidar | Alum, Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and International Studies

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Watch Walid's Videos Below


LaNaya Butler | Josef Korbel School of International Studies

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Watch LaNaya's Videos Below


Anne Walker | Department of Communications, Teaching Instructor

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Watch Anne's Videos Below


Sharing Experiences: Community in the Time of COVID 19

Reimagining Student Engagement

An Interview with Jasmine Pulce, Assistant Director, Race and Ethnicity and Affinity Group Student Support, The Cultural Center

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Read Jasmine's Story

Connecting with Alumni and Donors in a Virtual World

An Interview with Wyatt Hornsby, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Creative Engagement, Advancement

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Read Wyatt's Story

Staying Connected & Building Community

An Interview with Andrea Stanton, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Chair of the Religious Studies Department

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Read Andrea's Story
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Community Talks Webinar Series

Coming Together as a Community

When we first heard that DU would be entering into a completely virtual world, we knew we had to find ways to meet the community where they are and connect so we could all just "be" together. The community voiced concerns about racial justice, virtual work and school, physical and mental health, how to stay mentally and spiritually grounded, and so much more so we started the Community Talks Webinar Series. We invite you to watch previous webinars and learn from the stories, narratives, and expertise of our DU community.

Honoring the Narratives of Our DU Community Members

We want to honor and recognize that peoples' identities, background, and culture all play an enormous role in their lives and experiences, and we cannot ignore this in our work. During this DU Values event, we heard from different community members about their experiences and how they study and explore values in their own lives and as a member of the DU community. As we continue to build community and explore our values to boldly state what DU does and does not stand for, we will continue to make an intentional effort and commitment to make space for stories and conversation around topics that are meaningful to our DU community. 


     "I'm grateful for our ability to come together and share these various different experiences and ideas and directives, and really put that out there for the benefit of our broader community."
- Chancellor Haefner, Special Edition Community Talks
Our DU Values: A Community Conversation


  • References

    Crenshaw, K. W. (1997). Color blindness, history, and the law. In W. Lubiano (Ed.), The house that race built (pp. 280-288). New York, NY: Pantheon.

    Ladson-Billings, G. (1998). Just what is critical race theory and what's it doing in a nice field like education? International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 11(1), 7-24.

    Solórzano, D. G., & Yosso, T. J. (2002). A critical race counterstory of race, racism, and affirmative action. Equity & Excellence in Education, 35(2), 155-168.

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Share Your Story

If you are interested in sharing your story* or if you have any questions, please email to connect.

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*The Interviewee must consent to video and audio recording. All interviews will be conducted and recorded via Zoom. Interview clips are uploaded on our C+V website, on our Instagram page, and used in other C +V communication items.