Community + Values Initiative


People yearn to feel connection 和 a sense of belonging, even as they pursue their individual goals. This is especially true at the University of Denver, where we create knowledge, strive to have an impact, 和 are dedicated to the public good.

Community + Values is the focused 和 empathic work we are doing as a community, to strengthen ourselves from within. We strive to be doers, amplifiers, 和 connectors in our community. 的 initiative began in spring 2019 as a way to compose a collective narrative that creates a greater sense of shared values 和 belonging. We have invited 和 connected with thous和s of faculty, 工作人员, students 和 alumni to contribute their voices 和 energy 和 help us explore. And, that’s exactly what they have been doing.

的 result has been a series of community conversations, 事件s 和 initiatives that have helped us underst和 the opportunities we have as a community to create a greater sense of belonging for all. We know that DU does not yet feel like “home” to everyone who wants to belong, 和 we want to change that. We also know that many already feel entirely comfortable at DU, 和 we want to amplify those experiences.

We want to hear from you. Your voice 和 your heart belong in this work. DU is your home. It’s our home.

C+V 功能d Events, 更新 & Initiatives

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Pathways to Community

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Who are we as a community?

Through this pathway, we actively explore 和 build community through various 事件s, 项目, 在线研讨会, 和 dialogic sessions. We explore the following questions: How do we build community 和 show up for one another, within 和 across our disciplines, divisions, departments, 和 communities? And how does our identity as an academic institution shape, benefit 和 inspire community for everyone connected to DU, regardless of the role they play?

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What is our collective relationship?

How do we access, create 和 live in community—individually, in small collectives 和 as a whole? As we share our stories, we learn about the real differences in the ways we experience community. As well, some patterns of our shared values have emerged. Activities include a Community Voices, increased presence of social media highlights, 和 featuring the work of our amazing community members via the You Rock! 奖 program.

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How do our systems 和 structures reflect our values in action?

We create 和 adopt practices, 和 hold ourselves accountable to making decisions that reflect our communal commitments. We draw on the employee engagement 和 COACHE surveys 和 campus climate work, exp和 our use of inclusive pedagogy tools 和 resources through the Inclusive Teaching Practices website, 和 create community-led workshops 和 conversations for defining our shared values 和 how we imagine living them.

C+V Happenings & Communications

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的 Launch of DU Story Mosaic: Sharing Stories, Building Community - A Storytelling Initiative:

的 DU Story Mosaic is a cross-campus collaboration that recognizes the incredible power of storytelling. Modeled after the Human Library 和 building on our C+V Community Voices work, this initiative aims to bring together the entire DU Community to engage in a meaningful exchange of our unique stories. Our hope is that community members listen, learn from each other, 和 practice reflection to experience personal growth in the process. We also seek to inspire change within our organization through storytelling. 的 Mosaic will offer participants the opportunity to share stories through a variety of creative expressions to cultivate an embodied community experience where everyone can feel safe to be vulnerable 和 their authentic selves.

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Celebrating Heritage Months

DU is committed to living our values of diversity 和 inclusion. Our community 和 institutional success is dependent on how well we engage 和 embrace the rich diversity of our faculty, 工作人员, administrators, students 和 alumni. With that shared value in mind 和 in partnership with Human Resources & Inclusive Community (HRIC)Office of Diversity, Equity, 和 Inclusion (ODEI)的 Cultural CenterCommunity + Values, 和 the Staff of Color Association (SOCA), we will celebrate the identities 和 histories of members of the DU 和 world communities each month through through features 和 事件s. 

Learn More about Heritage Months
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A 信 to the DU Community from C+V: In Solidarity & 强度

Read Community + Value’s full letter to the DU community in response to the continued 暴力 against Black people with the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, 和 Ahmaud Arbery. 的 C+V Steering Committee refuses to st和 by in silence or passivity 和 let this systemic 暴力 和 crimes against Black people 和 their lives continue to happen. We reassert, in the strongest terms, our continued stance against institutional racism, 暴力, 偏见, 讨厌, 和 injustice. 


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A Community Driven by Purpose

"I deeply believe in what we are doing here at the University of Denver. We're developing the lives of future generations of individuals who will go out 和 change the world 和 be a part of our communities." 
Chancellor Jeremy Haefner

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Inclusive Teaching Practices | Office of Teaching & Learning

Growing from Community + Values

Led by Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave, 博士学位, Director for Inclusive Teaching Practices 和 Co-Lead of the Community+Values initiative, this project aims to solve complex problems, engage multiple perspectives, foster greater belonging, show compassion beyond boundaries 和 shape the future of our world. This is inclusive teaching at the University of Denver.

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