Building Inclusive Community Online

The well-being of our students, faculty, staff, the university, and our broader community is at the front of our minds during this time. In an effort to build our vibrant inclusive community online, we have compiled the following information and resources to show how the Morgridge community has come together to show support of one another. How are you building inclusive community online during COVID-19? We want to hear from you. Email us at

Learn how our faculty are integrating Inclusive Excellence into their existing teaching
At Morgridge, we are committed to Inclusive Excellence. Higher Education Department student Nathan Willers recently compiled the video on your right to capture our faculty’s thoughts about how they integrate Inclusive Excellence into their individual classrooms.


In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Center for Rural School Health and Education (CRSHE) launched a resource website for Colorado educators looking for fun ways to engage learners and parents trying to get work done with children at home, and students trying to cope with the stay at home orders. The site includes tips on talking with children about COVID-19, links for at home learning and fun, mindfulness and self-care, healthy eating and physical activity, and online teaching tools. Educators, parents and students are encouraged to request additional resources and CRSHE will make regular updates to the site.

The Positive Early Learning Experiences (PELE) Center is providing a variety of resources on a weekly basis to early care and education providers serving young children with autism. Each week the PELE Center sends resources to providers on topics critical to supporting adult family members while their children are at home.

Dr. Jeanine Coleman from MCE and Craig Harrer, Director of the Ricks Center for Gifted Children, led a webinar to offer insight about how to “Manage Online Learning at Home.” They addressed online learning primarily for K-12 students, with much of the content being universally applicable to all online students.

As director of the University of Denver’s Ricks Center for Gifted Children, Craig Harrer knows a few things about managing learning and tailoring education to the needs of individual students. Harrer shares his expertise in a Q&A with the DU Newsroom.

Morgridge students in the Teacher Education Program are developing online content for their placement sites in collaboration with their Mentor Teachers.

The Marketing and Communications Department at Morgridge is kicking off a social media campaign, #WeAreMCE. Show us your Morgridge pride – past or present – and we will share your photos with the greater Morgridge community on our online channels. Send photos to

A team of MCE faculty and staff (Laura Sponsler, John O’Malley, Lindsay Brunhofer, and Paul Michalec) are hosting bi-weekly open sessions called Faculty UnMeetings investigating the struggles and potential of online education for faculty members. Each session will focus on three interrelated questions. What are you feeling right now about online classes? What teaching strategies or formats are you using in your online classes? This session is cross-listed with the Office of Teaching and Learning as Faculty UnMeetings. Click here for the Zoom link.

DU announced a new, voluntary leave-sharing benefit for DU employees that was initiated by the Staff Advisory Council (SAC). The program began on May 1 and is open to all benefitted staff (with some exceptions). At this time, DU has two separate leave banks: The major-disaster leave bank and The catastrophic illness/injury leave bank. When contributing leave time, employees must specify which bank they want to support. For questions about how to donate or request leave, email

Students who have incurred expenses related to campus disruptions due to the coronavirus, can apply for aid via the CARES Emergency Relief Fund by Friday, May 15. Learn more about the eligibility requirements and other important details by visiting:

Check out the new community outreach and engagement page, Easy Eats! Easy Eats was created by LIS community members at MCE to share weekly videos demonstrating easy to make, affordable dishes. Try out a new recipe or submit your own food faves by visiting


  • All classes will be held in an online format through spring quarter.
  • Room and board charges for DU students who have moved out to be refunded. Log onto DUPay to check your refund status.
  • The Undergraduate Admission office is open virtually, including an information sessionvirtual tour, and the DU student experience.
  • Domestic and international nonessential travel for University-business is prohibited.
  • DU has temporarily suspended all in-person human subjects data collection taking place on or off-campus.
  • After very careful deliberation, we have decided to move forward with an optional Pass Plus/Pass/No Pass model. We are making this decision now so that students are aware of this option before the drop course deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 12.
  • Students, staff and faculty may now request card swipe access by completing the steps listed here.


  • A website for the DU community has been developed to provide COVID-19 resources and information is updated frequently.
  • The Centers for Disease Control, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, and your healthcare provider are the best sources for up-to-date information on COVID-19, which is recognized to be highly contagious. Please avoid close contact with people who are sick, don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, and clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • The Office of Graduate Education has created a resource document for both the Oral Defense Committees and students. The document is available online and can be found here.
  • DU provides free tele-mental health to all students, their partners, and dependents. The easiest way to access these services is to look for “MY SSP” in the app store or access services here. Students simply identify their affiliation with DU before being screened and connected to a licensed mental health provider.
  • Many of the Marsico Institute’s ongoing early learning projects focus on the seminal work of co-directors, Drs. Doug Clements and Julie Sarama, much of which is freely accessible through the website – Check out activities specifically curated for families and early educators at home during the COVID-19 outbreak by visiting the Resources page. These activities are updated frequently. Marsico has also created an infographic and flyer for the launch of their updated site in February.


While campus buildings are locked during the State and City Stay at Home/Shelter in Place orders Faculty and Staff should take extra precautions when entering and using spaces in DU Buildings. Please take into consideration the following recommendations to ensure you and the rest of our community remains safe and clean.

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water to stop germs from spreading. Use hand sanitizer when you can’t use soap and water.
  • Per the State’s recommendation, everyone should be using cloth or paper masks to cover their mouth and nose.
  • Wipe down exposed surfaces, which you have physically touched, utilizing a disinfectant cleaning product.
  • To prevent infections, keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Social distancing is critical to the success of the University’s efforts to keep our community safe. This includes keeping at least six feet in between you and other people, at all times, indoors and outdoors.


Contact: Eric Mareck, Ruffatto Hall Building Manager


Phone: 303-871-2325


If you have a virtual event that is open to the college and would like to have it added to the calendar, email

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