Creating connections, building community

Throughout the year, C + V hosts events, speakers, webinars, and discussions and carries out various initiatives to create connections and build a sense of belonging at the University of Denver. Especially in this virtual time, C + V is working to create programs and events that help our community feel connected and supported. 

If you have an event idea, we would love to hear it! Please email CommunityPlusValues@du.edu to connect with us.

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Partnership Event: AAPIDA: A collective of who’s convenience?

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How does one combine some of the largest populations in the world into a collective and celebrate their individual histories and traditions in a single month? That is the challenge of AAPIDA Heritage month, that celebrates, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Desi American Heritage together. While some of these populations are immigrants who moved to America and brought their identity and culture with them, others are indigenous to lands that were colonized by westward expansion into the Pacific. Join us to hear the stories of struggle and success; invisibility and hyper-awareness; operating in the margins and belonging.

Thursday, May 13, 2021 | 11:00am-12:00pm

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Past Partnership Event: Living and Learning on the Spectrum: A Conversation on the Evolution of Autism and Neurodiverse  Advocacy

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Being on the Autism spectrum has meant different things for those who live and thrive with this identity. The language and world views surrounding those who are Neurodiverse has evolved from one of marginalization, to tolerance, to acceptance. But can we take the next vital steps to move from acceptance to celebration? In this conversation we begin with understanding and move to our personal and institutional responsibility toward creating inclusive living and learning environment at the University of Denver and beyond.

Thursday, April 29, 2021 | 11:00am-12:00pm

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Values Conversations

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As we enter spring, C+V and Provost Mary Clark invite you to join us in a process of renewal and reflection. Together, we can attempt to answer the following questions: who are we as a community and what are our shared values? These questions are fundamental to affirming our sense of self and they shape the future direction of our university. 

The Community + Values Initiative has been focused on finding those threads which make DU a special place. We have been hard at work identifying themes from years’ worth of data, but we want your help in creating a larger picture of understanding. Join us for a conversation about the identity and role of the university, its traditions, and the values you consider most relevant and important. 

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Past Event: Partnership Event: The Arab American Experience: A Conversation on Being and Belonging

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Arab Americans represent a rich cultural tapestry consisting of 22 countries and several ethnicities- each one with its own lingo, rituals, cuisine, music and traditions. In the United States this community thrives despite harmful portrayals in the media and hurtful interpersonal and systemic violence. Conversations about Arab American belonging in the United States begins by humanizing a people too often caricaturized. In the stories of their community; their struggles and the successes; their hopes and their aspirations we find the people who are our friends, peers, colleagues, and neighbors.

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2021 Spring Quarter C+V & Office of the Provost Community Wellness Hours

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We know that this year and the physical distancing measures have presented new challenges for all of us. It's more important now than ever before that we feel supported and in community in our daily lives. In that spirit, C+V and the Office of the Provost would like to invite you join us for some free healthy snacks and coffee and some human connection while practicing physical distancing protocols!

Snack Hours:
When: Every Tuesday, 1pm - 3pm between April 6th and June 1st
Where: First floor atrium of the new Community Commons, by the central desk

Coffee Hours:
When: Every Thursday, 9 am - 11 am between April 1st and June 3rd
Where: Beans To-Go Window located on the east side of the hospitality school facing Anderson Academic Commons

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Past Event: C+V Special Edition Community Talk: A Community Conversation on Hate and Healing

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Our hearts are heavy. We mourn for those whose lives were taken in the tragic murders in Boulder and Atlanta. We are thinking of and sending strength to their family and friends. But what more can we do in the face of hate directed at the communities we are a part of? What happens when our response to violence is more hate or anger toward a community of people? While violence is never justified, we can and should have nuanced conversations about why and how hate is translated into violence. It is in these conversations that we start to formulate how we as individuals and as a community begin a healing response to hate. Through this conversation, we wish to create a space for our community to process, talk, and heal together.

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Past Event: C + V Community Leadership Conversation: ft. Val Otten & Renea Morris

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We know at DU that we like to bring our whole selves to the community, and it’s hard to find time to slow down during these chaotic times and connect with people in the DU community. So in our second C+V Community Leadership Conversation, we want to make space for two amazing people, DU VC for MarComms Renea Morris and DU SVC for Advancement Val Otten. We want to learn more about “what makes them, them!” 

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Past Event: Partnership Event: The First of Women: The Urgency for Change in Institutional Leadership

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Women are still achieving “firsts” in various disciplines, leadership, and industry. In this conversation we ask some trailblazing women who are firsts in their positions in institutional leadership about the experience of shattering glass ceilings and the continuing struggle to shed patriarchal systems of thinking and practice.

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Past Event: C + V Community Talks: Who Do We Want to Become? A Conversation on What We’ve Experienced & Learned

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We want to take you back to mid-March 2020. Denver was on high alert and shutting down. Businesses and schools closed. Events were cancelled. DU suspended on campus operations and went online on March 11th. We needed community more than ever. And so, on March 19th, we held our first C+V webinar and over 250 people Zoomed in. Since then, we’ve had thousands of community members attend our webinars. Experts from within our DU community have led us in thinking and talking about what how we’re experiencing the uncertainty, hardship, and loss, as well as the innovation, celebration, and resilience of the human spirit. Now, 343 days later, on February 25, we are going to ask a new question and move the conversation from ‘how are we going to get through a health pandemic and a racial pandemic?’ to ‘Who do we want to become because of all we’ve experienced and learned?’

Thursday, February 25, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00 pm

A video recording will be available soon!

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Past Event: Talking Race, Taking Space: Building and Sustaining a Recognized Black Community at DU

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Join us for a Heritage Months initiative in partnership with C+V

In honor of Black History Month, Dr. Andriette Jordan Fields, DU's Black Community Experience Coordinator, will host a conversation with Stephanie O'Malley, Associate Vice Chancellor for Government Relations and Community Affairs, and Matthew Solomon, President of the Black Student Alliance. They will speak from their lived experiences and expertise about race, space, and how to build and maintain a recognized Black community at DU.

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Past Event: 2021 Winter Quarter C+V & Office of the Provost Community Wellness Hours

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We know that this year and the physical distancing measures have presented new challenges for all of us. It's more important now than ever before that we feel supported and in community in our daily lives. In that spirit, C+V and the Office of the Provost would like to invite you join us for some free healthy snacks and coffee and some human connection while practicing physical distancing protocols!

Snack Hours:
When: Every Tuesday, 1pm - 3pm between February 9th and March 16th
Where: First floor atrium of the new Community Commons, by the central desk

Coffee Hours:
When: Every Thursday, 9 am - 11 am between February 11th and March 18th
Where: Beans To-Go Window located on the east side of the hospitality school facing Anderson Academic Commons

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Initiative

Explore Our C+V Navigating the Moment Resource Hub

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To honor individual and communal wellness through these times, C+V is excited to announce the launch of the Creatively Navigating Resource 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.