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Celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month

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Jewish American Heritage Month

Dear DU community,

The University of Denver’s diverse community is one of the many aspects that help our institution flourish and create positive impact all over the world. As we come to the end of May, we want to recognize and celebrate Jewish American Heritage month—uplifting the past and present contributions of Jewish Americans.

The successes and contributions of Jewish Americans are immense. As we find ourselves grateful for the work of virologists responsible for many COVID-19 vaccines, we should also thank Jonas Salk who dedicated his life to eradicating polio with the creation of the polio vaccine. We celebrate the brilliant legal mind of Jewish American Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who advanced civil rights for women and countless others. When we need to get lost in a story and have a good laugh, we are grateful for the artistry of comedian, actress and author Tiffany Haddish. When we think about LGBTQ+ rights, we think of youth activist, Jazz Jennings, who paved a path for transgender youth around the world. And we are proud to celebrate Jason Zucker, professional ice hockey winger for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the National Hockey League and DU athlete from 2010-11.

As we uplift Jewish communities for Jewish American Heritage Month, we must also note the world’s historical and, unfortunately, continued antisemitism. Yet, despite centuries of marginalization, Jewish Americans have persevered. We acknowledge the Jewish community’s challenges while at the same time celebrating the Jewish community’s successes. Creating space for understanding, empathy and healing is essential to our cultural fabric. And standing up against oppression and creating inclusive spaces is paramount to our values.

We hope you can join the Heritage Months Initiative in partnership with Community + Values for a Jewish American Heritage Month event from 11 a.m.-noon on Thursday, May 27. The event, Sustaining Heritage: Jewish American Storytelling & Reflections, will feature DU faculty and alumni as they share their stories and reflect on being Jewish in the United States, including topics such as community, resilience and tradition. Jewish Americans are an invaluable part of our community, and we are grateful for their ongoing contributions to DU and our nation.

In solidarity,

Jeremy Haefner, chancellor

Mary Clark, provost and executive vice chancellor

Todd Adams, vice chancellor of student affairs

Leslie Brunelli, senior vice chancellor for business and financial affairs

Paul Chan, vice chancellor for legal affairs and general counsel

Vivek Choudhury, dean, Daniels College of Business

Karlton Creech, vice chancellor for athletics, recreation and Ritchie Center operations

Andrei Kutateladze, dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Michael Levine-Clark, dean, University Libraries

Jerron Lowe, interim vice chancellor for human resources

Fritz Mayer, dean, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Amanda McBride, dean, Graduate School of Social Work

Michael McGuire, dean, University College

Daniel McIntosh, dean, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Renea Morris, vice chancellor for marketing and communications

Nancy Nicely, senior vice chancellor and chief of staff

Stephanie O’Malley, associate vice chancellor for government and community relations

Valerie Otten, vice chancellor for university advancement

Sarah Pessin, interfaith chair, and professor of philosophy and Jewish thought, Center for Judaic Studies and Department of Philosophy

Todd Rinehart, vice chancellor for enrollment

Adam Rovner, director, Center for Judaic Studies

Michelle Sabick, dean, Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science

Bruce Smith, dean, Sturm College of Law

Shelly Smith-Acuña, dean, Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Gary Starling, interim vice chancellor and chief information technology officer

Bruce Uhrmacher, interim dean, Morgridge College of Education

Christopher Whitt, vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion

 

Sustaining Heritage: Jewish American Storytelling & Reflections

Join us for a Heritage Months initiative in partnership with C+V

In the Jewish tradition, storytelling and oral history are central to sustaining the memory and culture of Jewish people. The late Rabbi Lord Johnathan Sacks said that, “Stories hold the group together horizontally across space and vertically across time, giving people a shared identity handed on across the generations.” In this panel, we ask our panelists to share their own stories and reflections of being Jewish in the United States. Topics such as community, resilience, and tradition will guide this event celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month. Join us to hear the stories of DU Jewish American faculty and alumni.

Thursday, May 27, 2021 | 11:00am-12:00pm

Join us via Zoom

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* Attendees can pre-register for the event via this "Join Now" link by filling out the Zoom registration page. You will then receive a reminder email an hour before the event.

 

Visit the Heritage Months Website

The University of Denver is committed to living our values of diversity and inclusion. Our community and institutional success is dependent on how well we engage and embrace the rich diversity of our faculty, staff, administrators, students and alumni.

With that shared value in mind and in partnership with Human Resources & Inclusive Community (HRIC), the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI), The Cultural Center, and the Staff of Color Association (SOCA), we will celebrate the identities and histories of members of the DU and world communities. Each month we will feature a staff or faculty member and a student in recognition of each heritage month, along with an event to honor one another and learn about our unique differences.

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Propose a Program or Highlight a DU Community Member for Heritage Months

The University of Denver is committed to living our values of diversity and inclusion. We recognize that our community and institutional success is dependent on how well we engage and embrace the rich diversity of our faculty, staff, administrators, students, and alumni. With that shared value in mind, throughout this academic year, we plan to publish a series of articles to celebrate cultural and ethnic heritage months. In partnership with Human Resources & Inclusive Community (HRIC), the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI), The Cultural Center, Community + Values (C+V), and the Staff of Color Association (SOCA), we will feature a staff or faculty member and a student in recognition of each heritage month, along with an event to honor one another and learn about our unique differences.

Also, if you are aware of any events that are happening on campus or have an idea for Heritage Month events, we'd love to hear about them and promote them campus-wide.

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