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 & 4-Dimensional Experience: How to Intentionally Build Community

About

“The key to creating or transforming community, then, is to see the power in the small but important elements of being with others.” – Peter Block, Community: The Structure of Belonging

Community is a powerful concept – community allows us to feel a sense of belonging and support. Fellow community members are there to hear us, see us, share in experiences with us, and accept us for who we are. However, building community does not just happen. It takes intentional, authentic, thoughtful action to connect and engage with others. We invite you to join Community + Values, in collaboration with the 4-Dimensional Experience and other campus partners, as we create an authentic space for DU community members to come together and dialogue about how we can intentionally build community together at DU.

* Please note, there will be no C+V webinar at 11:00 am on 10/1 due to this event taking place later in the day. We will continue our schedule of C+V webinars every other week after this event.

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Past Event: C+V Community Talks: In Person, Online & In-Between: Navigating School Environments During COVID

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As we jump into the fall, the level of uncertainty and change seems to grow every day. One of the biggest areas of change is being back in school environments during COVID — we recognize that DU community members, including faculty, staff, and students, are sending their own children back to school or tackling online education or both. We also have parents of DU students sending their children off to college, knowing things can change in the blink of an eye. School and change can and should be rewarding and exciting, but we know it’s stressful, and we know at times it’s confusing and unpredictable.

With this in mind, our C+V webinar will feature special guest, Stephen Ginsberg, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and DU alum, who will answer questions live from a student & parent panel. 

Video Recording Coming Soon!

Thursday, September 17, 2020 | 11am-12pm

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Past Event: C+V Community Talks: Making Your Best Choices: Decision Making Amidst Constant Change

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During these times, Community + Values recognizes that everyone feels tired. Each day brings more change and therefore more decisions. It feels like everything is on the table and nothing is on auto pilot or easy. Decisions feel bigger now. With this in mind, our C+V Community Talk will create an authentic space where we can talk about decision fatigue and how everything feels new, ever changing, and simply really hard in these times. We will discuss how to process these feelings, manage these tough decisions and make the best ones, and incorporate strategies to help lessen anxiety around decisions and change.

Video Recording Coming Soon!

Featuring special guests:

Melissa Akaka, PhD
Associate Professor | Department of Marketing
Co-Director | Consumer Insights and Business Innovation Center
Academic Director | Project X-ITE
Elizabeth and Ali Machado Faculty Fellow

Ali Besharat, PhD
Associate Professor | Department of Marketing
Co-Director | Consumer Insights and Business Innovation Center

Initiative

Community Voices

About

Community + Values is excited to announce the launch of Community Voices, a C+V initiative focused on capturing and elevating the stories and voices of our community. Especially while living through these uncertain times, we know how important this work is, and we are committed to amplifying the voices of our community and creating a stronger sense of belonging for all at DU through highlighting these experiences and narratives.

We invite you to visit the Community Voices web page to hear the stories of community members. We will continue to update this page with community members’ stories, and if you are interested in sharing your story or if you have any questions, please email CommunityPlusValues@du.edu.

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Past Event: C+V Community Talk: Open & Patient Communication: Navigating These Times as a Community

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As we enter into August and draw closer to what we know will be a unique, at a times, challenging year, our upcoming C+V webinar focuses on communication within our community. Community members asked if we could create a space during this talk where we can all learn how to healthily ask for the information we need and create a highly open environment, full of transparency and grace with others. We are headed into our first-ever hybrid environment of online and in-person working and learning, so our webinar will focus on some key tips around communication, finding patience within the process, and successfully navigating the unknown as a community.

Featuring special guests:

Valerie Bartelt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Business Information and Analytics
Daniels College of Business

T. Michael Boddie
Freelance Journalist & DU Graduate Student
Media, Film and Journalism Studies School

Renee Botta, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Health & Development Communication
Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies
University of Denver

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Past Event: C+V Community Talks: Wellness & Creativity: Exploring Community Together

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We know that right now continues to be a difficult time full of unknowns that can be wearing on our community. This week we want to focus on the importance of taking a deep, collective breath together. Creative expression is important for wellness, and this week we hope to inspire creativity during this time and help us to remember that we are all in this together and here to support each other. We will be joined by DU Alum and award-winning writer, performer, and cultural worker, Bobby LeFebre, and Blake Sanz as we as we explore creative spaces in our community.

 

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Past Event: C+V Community Talks: Creating a Resilient Community: Lifting Each Other Up

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After our last webinar and conversation with our community, the C+V team realized how important it is for us to maintain focus on how we lift one another up and support each other. With all that is going on in our city, state, nation, and world, we know how difficult it can be for all of our community members. Therefore, in Part II of our resilience and coping webinars, which featured the Dean of Graduate School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Shelly Smith-Acuña, Clinic Director of Sturm Center, Dr. Katy Barrs, and Director of Sport & Performance Psychology and Professor, Dr. Mark Aoyagi, as they spoke about how we can all show up for one another and support each other as we continue to navigate these times.

 

Thursday, July 23 | 11am-12pm 

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Past Event: C+V Community Talks: Resilience and Coping During Tough Times

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As we continue to navigate the ups and downs during these times as a community, we recognize the importance to be there for one another. This conversation featured DU Women's Gymnastics Head Coach, Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart, and Senior Project Manager for DU Impact 2025 and C+V, Chase McNamee, as they shared how we cope during these tough times and find ways to keep going as a community and supporting one another.

Coach Kutcher-Rinehart shared resources used by the team to further resiliency:

 

Thursday, July 9 | 11am-12pm 

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Past Event: C+V Community Talks: Beyond Taking a Knee: Policing Equity and Activating Community

About

C+V invited the DU community to join us for an authentic, in-depth conversation on police and community relations featuring DU alum Dr. Tracie Keesee, SVP and Co-Founder of the Center for Policing Equity. In this conversation, we explored police reform, community engagement, and how to most effectively harness the energy of this moment for true change.

 

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Past Event: C+V Community Talks: Real Talk with Alumni: Being Part of the Change at DU and Beyond

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Join us for a conversation with DU alumni, Kelly Schlabach, Ariel Zarate, Makia Jones, Neda Kikhia, and Daniel Gonzalez, as we continue conversations on how we build a sense of belonging, inclusivity, and explore our values as a community. Our alumni panel shared their experiences and shared how we can all continue to show up for each other, build community, and fight institutional racism.

 

 

Thursday, June 18 | 11am-12pm

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Past Event: C+V Community Talk: Racial Justice Part II: Continuing the Conversation

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As our community continues to discuss how we all can fight against injustices and systemic racism, we will come together again to continue the conversation about racial justice and what allyship looks like, especially during these times. During this webinar, we were joined by Dr. Apryl Alexander and Dr. Lavita Nadkarni from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

 

Initiative

Inclusive Teaching Practices Site Launch

About

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.