Communal Principles Project Honors Community Values
By Caitlin Mack ’12(T5)
The Communal Principles Project (CPP) is an initiative that promotes the communal principles of fairness, freedom, honesty, inclusion, respect, and responsibility that help create a community of engaged, lifelong learners.
Students that exemplified the spirit and purpose of responsibility in the UR community were invited to apply for mini grants of $200 or $500 to develop a program or activity during the 2012-13 academic year. The CPP will support the communal principle of honesty for the 2013-14 academic year.
Matia Piva’ 14, an active student member of the Communal Principles Project committee, says “anyone with an interest in community-building and getting to know first-class people are warmly invited to join us to help mold the future of the University community.”
2012-13 grants were given to fund events such as “Survivor to Thriver: Confronting Sexual Assault on Campus” conference, a collaborative effort between several departments and student groups held in April; “Take Back the Night,” a program that promoted domestic violence awareness on campus; and “Latino Expressions,” an expo that celebrated differences in the Latino culture and community. The CCP was created by The College and coordinated by the Office of the Dean of Students.
Angela Rojas ’14 said that the CPP-funded “Latino Expressions,” hosted by the Spanish and Latino Students’ Association in co-sponsorship with Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc., “helped both organizations fulfill the responsibility we each have in our missions to educate the University community on the Latino heritage we have in Rochester.” Latino Expressions proved to be a grand event that featured Rochester community members, performances, speakers, and food.
Linda Dudman, Associate Director of Health Promotions, and Clint Cantwell ’15, said that thanks to funding from the CPP, over 80 students, staff, and members of the Rochester community were able to attend the full day “Survivor to Thriver” conference at no cost.