Community + Values
As the pandemic hit this spring 2020, Community + Values (C + V) quickly pivoted, realizing that it was more important than ever for DU community members to feel like they belong and have a supportive community to lift them up in these difficult times. It reaffirmed our belief that C + V is all about meeting the community where they are. We moved all of the C+V work to a virtual format. The community voiced concerns, including anxiety about virtual work and school, equity and inclusion, their physical and mental health, how to stay mentally and spiritually grounded during these times and so much more. C + V began holding weekly webinars on important topics where we ask community members to share their expertise and join in conversation together. Additionally, we pivoted our storytelling initiative to a Zoom and email interview style, where we elevate peoples’ stories through our Community Voices work. We wanted folks to feel heard and seen. Finally, through a partnership with C+V and OTL, the new Inclusive Teaching Practices website was launched.
During the academic year, C + V will continue to rely on our core mission of creating a sense of belonging for all of our community and exploring our values together. Programming and events will focus on building community through dialogue, conflict resolution, deep conversation and values exploration. We plan to engage the community in conversations and programming about how to be an anti-racist community, how to dialogue in meaningful ways and resolve conflict, the election year, what it looks like to lift one another up and support each other, how to be resilient and more.