Communal Principles Project Honors Community Values

By Caitlin Mack ’12(T5)
Univ. Communications

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.

CPP Offers Programming Grants

Office of the Dean of Students – The Communal Principles Project, an initiative of the College coordinated by the Office of the Dean of Students, is seeking proposals for programs that represent the communal principle of respect.

As a principle, Respect is defined by the College’s Statement of Communal Principles as: “Respect for the basic dignity of self and others is essential to this community. Every person has the right to be treated with respect, regardless of the many differences that distinguish individuals and groups. Respect involves showing regard for others’ well-being and safety as well as for their personal property, personal space, and for their living, learning, and working activities. In addition, members of this community also have a responsibility to respect the properties and functions of the institution.”

In effort to encourage undergraduates of the College to develop a program or activity that exemplifies the spirit and purpose of respect to our community, the CPP is offering groups the chance to submit a proposal to be considered for a grant to help fund their programs. For more information on proposal submission and guidelines, visit