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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C+V Community Talks: Racial Justice: How We Show Up for One Another

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Our upcoming C+V webinar focuses on how we, as a community, can fight against injustices and can create a more inclusive institution for all. We know how important showing up for another is, and we wish to create a space for support and checking in on each other. We will learn about racial justice and what allyship looks like, especially during these times.

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Past Event: Community Talks: Compassion Meditation: Taking a Break Together

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As we navigate this difficult time together, C+V realizes the importance of mental health, wellness, and taking time to rest and take care of ourselves. Sometimes we just need a moment to "be." This session on Compassion Meditation was led by Molly Clarke, a holistic health coach, registered yoga teacher + owner of Soulbeam Wellness. During the webinar,  participants dove into mindfulness, specifically compassion meditation, what that is, why it’s important during times like these, and how we can incorporate it into our daily lives.

Mindfulness Resources: 

  • Mindfulness Apps: 
    • Calm, Headspace, Insight Timer, Buddhify
  • Mindfulness Books:
    • The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
    • Where You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
    • The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer 
    • The Power of Now by Eckart Tolle 
  • Mindfulness/Spirituality/Wellness Podcasts 
    • Expanded Podcast with Lacy Phillips
    • Highest Self Podcast with Sahara Rose 
    • Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations 
    • Mind Body Green Podcast
    • Soul on Fire Podcast with The Balanced Blonde 

 

A video recording of this webinar will be provided. Check back soon!

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Past Event: Community Talks: A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body

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This week’s webinar features Dr. Lotta Granholm-Bentley, Professor and Founding Executive Director of the Knoebel Institution for Healthy Aging; Professor Daniel Linseman, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; and Lilia Koza, Cellular and Molecular Biology Ph.D. Candidate, Knoebel Institution for Healthy Aging. The panelists will discuss how maintaining a healthy lifestyle and understanding aging can improve physical and mental health, quality of life, wellness, and community.

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Past Event: Special Edition Community Talks: Our DU Values: A Community Conversation

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On Thursday, May 14, 2020, over 80 members of the DU community joined Chancellor Haefner as he facilitated a Special Edition C + V Community Talk featuring DU community panelists, Grace Sullivan, Dr. Johnny Ramirez, Dr. Allison Friederichs, and Wade Loo. The panelists were asked to tackle the essential question:  

‘Crises have a way of testing us—as individuals and as communities and societies. And we all respond to these tests in a different way. They shared what they are feeling personally, and what they are seeing in our community, as COVID-19 has such profound impact?’ 

 

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Past Event: Community Talk: Dialoguing in a Virtual World Part II: Community and Belonging in a Virtual World

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Join us for part two of our DU DialogUes webinar, where participants and facilitators will take part in a mini-fishbowl dialogue on community and belonging in a virtual world. As dialogue is intended to be reciprocal, we have provided a space for folks to actively listen and participate in meaningful and impactful dialogue. During the latter half of the hour, the audience will be asked to engage with fellow DU Community members to practice dialoguing in breakout rooms on belonging and community. We understand that life happens, but to facilitate meaningful conversation, we ask that participants try to stay and actively engage with others from the DU Community throughout the entirety of the webinar.

 

In order to honor the dialogic space and the participants’ privacy, a recording of this webinar won’t be posted.

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Past Event: Community Talk: Spirituality & Connections: Staying Grounded in a Virtual World

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Join us for a conversation and time for reflection with Art Jones, Interim Vice Chancellor for Diversity & Inclusion; Professor Emeritus - Music, Culture and Psychology, CAHSS; Founder, The Spirituals Project. He will speak about how he stays grounded spiritually and how we can maintain connections in a virtual world. We look forward to hearing how others in our community have stayed grounded during this time.

 

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Past Event: Community Talks: Dialoguing in a Virtual World

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Join us as the C+V Team and DU DialogUes lead a session on the importance of dialogue in a virtual world. This will be a two-part series. The first will be a session on dialogic skills to implement during a virtual era, while the second will be a mini fishbowl dialogue on community and belonging with others from our DU Community. Join us for the first session on Thursday, April 23rd from 11am-12pm and stay tuned for the second.

 

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Past Event: Community Talks: Our People Shine During a Time of Crisis

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Dean of GSSP, Dr. Shelly Smith Acuña, Executive Director of HCC, Dr. Michael LaFarr, and Interim Provost, Dr. Corrine Lengsfeld come together to tell us stories about how DU community members have shown up in big ways during a time of crisis.

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Past Event: Community Talks: Leading through Uncertain and Unprecedented Times

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Audience members joined C + V for a conversation with Shannon Sisler, Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer at Crocs, Inc And Daniels College MBA alum. Shannon spoke about leading through times of crisis and uncertainty and how to best build community and support systems for your staff members and you during unprecedented times.

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Past Event: Community Talks: Real Talk with Student Leaders

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Audience members joined C + V for a conversation with student leaders from our campus on engagement in a virtual era, featuring USG President, Matt Walter and representatives from Joint Council and DU Club Sports Association.

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Past Event: Community Talks: Well-Being in a Virtual World

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The DU Community came together in a conversation with Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Trauma & Disaster Recovery at DU, Dr. Rohini Gupta, Clinical Psychologist and DU GSPP Alumna, Dr. Christine DeVore, and Clinical Psychology Doctoral Students, Nicole Bozas. They led an insightful conversation on common sources of stress in isolation, coping with uncertainty and the impact of Covid-associated stigma on the Asian and Asian-American community.  

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Past Event: Community Talks: Ensure Success as an Online Learner

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In a conversation facilitated by USG President, Matt Walter, University College Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Allison Friedrichs and Associate Teaching Professor and Academic Director BACP University College, Dr. Michelle Kruse-Croker shared tips and tricks for expectations for virtual learning and ways to stay focused and motivated.