SHARE YOUR VOICE
SHAPE OUR FUTURE

Why is DU exploring community?

DU has the responsibility and power to
solve complex problems,
engage multiple perspectives,
nourish democracy,
foster greater belonging,
show compassion beyond boundaries, and
shape the future of our world.

We also believe that DU has yet to fully activate that power.

Through the Community + Values initiative, DU will explore what it means to be an academic community. We will create and participate in collective experiences. And we will strive to understand how best to evolve our culture and systems and re-examine our values. 

Three Pathways

Explore

Who are we as an academic community?

We’ll ask: What is an academic community from our disciplines and across our disciplines? We’ll explore, and, potentially, redefine the ways in which we show and define value within our academic enterprise. And, we’ll use our academic enterprise to show how we can shape, benefit and inspire community. Programming could include: hosting speakers, art exhibits, debates, and design studios.  

Dr. Darrin Hicks
Co-Lead

Dr. Billy J. Stratton
Co-Lead

Abigail Richards
Graduate Fellow

Experience

What is our collective relationship?

We’ll experience the ways in which we access, create and live in community– individually, in small communities, and collectively as a whole. In exploring our individual stories, our goal is to learn the real differences in the ways we experience community, and hopefully, see patterns of shared values. Programming could include a story-telling initiative, and shared experiences, such as a Public Good Day, among others.

Mo Lotif
Co-Lead

Vice Provost Kate Willink
Co-Lead

Dilkush Khan
 Graduate Fellow

Evolve

How do our systems reflect our values in action?

Stating our values is only meaningful if we live by them in our structures and culture. The goal of this path is to articulate the mechanisms by which our values are put into action and the ways that we hold ourselves accountable to making decisions that reflect our communal commitments. Programming could include implementation of the recommendations drawn from the employee engagement survey and COACHE survey, expansion of inclusive pedagogy tools and resources, and design thinking workshops focused on articulating and defining our shared values.

Dr. Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave
Co-Lead

Vice Chancellor Laura Maresca
Co-Lead

Associate Dean Hope Wisneski
Co-Lead

Dong Dinh
Graduate Fellow

COMMUNITY + VALUES STEERING COMMITTEE

Ann Ayers
Initiative Co-Lead

Lea Cadieux
Marketing and Communications Advisor

Rebecca Chopp, Chancellor Emerita
Initiative Advisor

Dong Dinh
Evolve Pathway Graduate Fellow

Jamie Franks
Wellness Advisor

Darrin Hicks
Explore Pathway Co-Lead

Jeremy Haefner, Chancellor
Initiative Co-Lead

Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave
Evolve Pathway Co-Lead

Anthea Johnson Rooen
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisor

Art Jones
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisor

Dilkush Khan
Experience Graduate Fellow

Mo Lotif
Experience Pathway Co-Lead

Alex Lustig
Project Manager

Scott Luetenegger
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisor

Laura Maresca
Evolve Pathway Co-Lead

Renea Morris
Marketing and Communications Advisor

Nancy Nicely
Initiative Advisor

Abigail Richards
Explore Pathway Graduate Fellow

Shelly Smith-Acuna
Wellness Advisor

Billy J. Stratton
Explore Pathway Co-Lead

Ammiel Williams
C+V Graduate Fellow

Vice Provost Kate Willink
Experience Pathway Co-Lead

Associate Dean Hope Wisneski
Evolve Pathway Co-Lead

Undergraduate Student and Alumni Representatives (TBD)

Interested in serving on a working group for this initiative?

12 + 11 =

Past Events

Community + Values Launch Lunch

This campus-wide event will provided our entire community the chance to provide input in DU’s collective values. Each table will hosted a conversation facilitator who will documented the conversation and convened with their peers to consolidate community input. 

Friday, April 26
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In anticipation of the official launch, we scheduled several initial conversations throughout winter quarter to begin this process of discovery.

Community and Values Pop-Up
(faculty and staff)

Tuesday, January 8
3:30-5:00pm
The Forum, Sie Complex

Greek Life Leaders

Wednesday, January 9th 
6:00-8:00pm 
The Forum, Sie Complex

Staff Advisory Council

Monday, January 14th
12:00pm-1:00pm
Renaissance Room, Mary Reed Building

Graduate Student Government

Tuesday, January 15
11:30am-1:00pm
ECS 510

Undergraduate Student Government

Tuesday, January 15
6:00-7:00pm
AAC 301

Faculty Senate

Wednesday, February 13
3:30-4:30pm
Renaissance Room, Mary Reed Building

University Council

Wednesday, February 20
8:30-10:30
Renaissance room

Student Athlete Representatives

Tuesday, March 12
7:00-8:00pm
Ritchie Center

Alumni Council Task Force

Tuesday, March 12th 
5:30-6:30pm
Location TBD

Staff of Color Association

Tuesday, March 26th 
12:00-1:00pm
AAC 301

Alumni Affinity Groups

Wednesday, April 10
5:00-6:00pm
Sturm College of Law 

Faculty of Color Association

Tuesday, April 23
8:00-9:00am
AAC 301