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.
Partnership Event: Election Edition Kick-off & A Community Table
Kickoff: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
From aspiration to action, join us for lightning talks and conversation to find ways to work together for social change. Led by DU Grand Challenges in partnership with ODEI, C+V, and IEE.
Stay tuned for the kick off registration link, speaker line-up, and more!
A Community Table: Tables held between Tuesday, Nov.10, 2020 & Friday, Dec.11, 2020
As this divisive election cycle ends, we need space to listen, share, and build community now more than ever. We invite you to join us for A Community Table: Election Edition, an initiative for small groups to come together, regroup, process, and reimagine our future. We want to support you in building spaces with your friends, colleagues and relatives as we accept the election results and imagine our hopes for the world in 2021. In partnership with DU DialogUes, The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Community + Values, DU Grand Challenges provides the tools (sample invitations, conversation guides, facilitation training webinars, and more) that you need to host a conversation. You choose when, on what platform, and with whom to have that conversation. It's that simple.
Announcement: No 11/12 C+V Community Talk
Because C+V carried out our Special Edition Community Talk on 11/4 and is working as a partner for the DU Grand Challenges A Community Table: Special Election, which kicks off on 11/10, we will not be holding a webinar on 11/12.
Our next scheduled webinar will be 12/10. We will be holding a Community Table event on that day. More details to come!
Past Event: C+V Special Edition Community Talks: A Post-Election Community Space
At this point, to say that 2020 has been challenging feels like an understatement. We recognize that people feel exhausted, and now comes another incredibly emotional event: the 2020 election. As we think about how we take care of our mental health and well-being in these times, C+V invites you to join Dr. Travis Heath, Associate Professor of Professional Psychology; Scott van Loo, Director, Learning Effectiveness Program; and fellow panelists for a Special Edition Community Talk: A Post-Election Community Space to reflect, dialogue, and absorb the election results and think about how we process, heal, and move forward together.
Mindful of Race: Ruth King
My Grandmother's Hands: Resmaa Menakem
The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Rhonda V. Magee, forward by Jon Kabat-Zinn
The Body Keeps the Score: Bessel Van der Kolk, MD
TEDxMSUDenver: Self Care to Communities of Care, Travis Heath
Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | 11 am - 12 pm
*Please note, this is a special edition Community Talk scheduled for Wednesday.
Past Event: C+V Community Talks: Political Identity: The Story of You
C+V and DU DialogUes, in partnership with the Center on American Politics, invites the DU community to watch a virtual fishbowl dialogue of participants that represent a broad range of social identities, political affiliations, beliefs, experiences, and cultures. This will not be a time for debate on hot topics or party ideals; rather, the viewers will watch the participants dialogue about the values and experiences that have shaped their political identities. By telling and hearing our stories, we can engage with politics without contention, which will better enable us to understand and empathize with each other.
2020 Post-Election DU Events: Coming Together as a Community
In order to serve the community and help each other feel connected during a challenging year and election season, we have compiled a list of post-election events below. We hope this list serves as a starting point for connection, conversation, and support.
Your Resilience & Growth Mindset Roadmap: Growing Through Difficulties
C+V is partnering with 4-D, HRIC, DUGC, The Cultural Center, Athletics and Recreation, and other campus partners to create an asynchronous, self-guided module for our DU community to facilitate their own virtual journey through the topics of resilience and growth mindset. Participants will learn about the various definitions and aspects of resilience and growth mindset and create their own “roadmap” and goals to grow through these difficulties and emerge stronger.
Each participant will who completes the module will receive their personalized roadmap, a resource packet, and a
* After you register, you will receive the link to the self-guided module, your guidebook, and additional information for the module from the C+V team. This is an asynchronous, self-guided module. Participants can complete this module at any date/time that works best for them. Module will be available throughout 2020.
Past Event: C + V Community Leadership Conversation: Ft. Mary Clark, Provost & Todd Adams, VC, SAIE
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 welcome people to DU. So we want to make space for two wonderful people who recently joined our DU community, DU Provost and Vice Chancellor Mary Clark and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Todd Adams. We are excited to invite you to join us for our first C+V Community Leadership Conversation with Mary and Todd, where we will learn more about “what makes them, them!”
C+V & Office of the Provost Community Coffee Hours
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 a free cup of coffee or hot chocolate and some human connection while practicing physical distancing protocols every Thursday at Beans!
Please note, the final coffee hour will now take place on 11/12 due to the updated COVID level. There will be no coffee hour on Thursday, 11/19.
Meet our 2020-2021 C+V Graduate Fellows
Meet the 2020-2021 C+V Graduate Fellows! Learn more about their experiences and how they'll be co-leading the work of C+V.
Past Event: C+V & 4-Dimensional Experience: How to Intentionally Build Community
“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.
*There will be no video recording of this event to honor the privacy of the participant conversations
Welcome Back from C+V!
It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for. Students have moved into dorms and apartments. They are sitting down in classrooms and convening online. For the first time in months, people are running, walking, and socializing on campus (with masks and distance #DUYourPart). Faculty and staff are welcoming students they've missed so much and working with colleagues not just on planning for a new reality, but giving it a go. Read our 2020-2021 welcome back message.
Past Event: C+V Community Talks: In Person, Online & In-Between: Navigating School Environments During COVID
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.
Thursday, September 17, 2020 | 11am-12pm