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: The First of Women: The Urgency for Change in Institutional Leadership
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.
Thursday, March 11, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00 pm
Past Event: C + V Community Talks: Who Do We Want to Become? A Conversation on What We’ve Experienced & Learned
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!
Past Event: Talking Race, Taking Space: Building and Sustaining a Recognized Black Community at DU
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.
C+V & Office of the Provost Community Wellness 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 some free healthy snacks and coffee and some human connection while practicing physical distancing protocols!
When: Every Tuesday, 1pm - 3pm between February 9th and March 16th
Where: First floor atrium of the new Community Commons, by the central desk
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
Explore Our C+V Navigating the Moment Resource Hub
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.
Partnership Event: A Community Table: Democracy Edition
We are a nation brought to the brink. It's up to each one of us to help bring it back, through meaningful dialogue and solutions-oriented conversations about the issues that matter most to you and your community, in spaces that challenge while they protect and allow you to work toward a better tomorrow, together.
A Community Table is an online platform through which you can engage in structured, meaningful, solution-oriented conversations about the issues that matter most to you and your community. 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 or join a conversation. Community members have the option of hosting their own conversation or joining one of our predetermined open conversation spaces.
The first of three open conversation spaces will be happening next week, January 28th, 11AM - 12PM, during our C+V webinar.
There are three open conversations that will be happening in the next few weeks:
- January 28th, 11AM - 12PM
- February 10th, 11AM - 12PM
- February 15th, 12PM - 1PM
C+V launches resources & events page to aid in navigating the recent events in our nation
After the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, we know that many are looking for support and spaces to talk with one another about these events. Therefore, in order to serve the community and help each other feel connected during these challenging times, Community + Values has compiled a list of programs, events, and resources for the DU community.
Past Event: Partnership Event: MLK Day Panel - The Black Liberation Movement: Letters from a Birmingham Jail to Black Lives Matter
The resistance to slavery and the Transatlantic Slave trade began at the very instant that Africans were first enslaved by colonizing forces from western Europe. The movement advancing the liberation of Black people has taken various forms over the centuries. From the everyday acts of resistance by enslaved people to the organized underground railroad; from the “Turn around Tuesday” to “Black Lives Matter”; generations of Black activists have staunchly advanced the ideal of human rights for all despite pervasive racism and systemic oppression.
In this panel we bring together three generations of Black scholars, thinkers and activists to reflect on the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jnr. and the continued struggle for Black Liberation.
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.