On Thursday, Oct. 22, the CU Denver community took a much-needed break for Rock the Block 2020, which featured live music by The Milk Blossoms, YaSi, and Wildermiss. The virtual event was livestreamed on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. In case you missed it, you can check out a recording of the virtual Rock the Block block party below.
Various musicians gave some inspiring messages in between their songs, including Michelle Rocqet of The Milk Blossoms, who reminded viewers, “You’re doing great” a few times, “in case nobody has told you that today.” This type of honesty gave the virtual concert an added therapeutic component—besides the comfort of the emotive music. YaSi commented about the strangeness of a virtual audience and prefaced her last song with a recommendation to seek mental health if needed. And the final band, Denver’s popular Wildermiss, admitted they really missed playing live.
In the spirit of Rock the Block, we offer a few other ways you can take a break from your work or school day—because everyone needs to disconnect and reconnect. Leave the devices periodically and stop to have some fun. As part of our Lynx Strong initiative, which highlights ways to engage in community during this unprecedented time, below you will find a short list of upcoming events.
This Zumba workout will get you shimmying, shaking, and sweating to Latin-inspired pop music. Wear your best Halloween costume for a chance to win a prize!
Tuesday, Oct. 27
5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
Reflect, Listen, Connect Sessions
We are all living in unprecedented times, with changes to our usual work and life patterns coinciding with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and with renewed focus on equity and racial justice. In fulfillment of our commitment to inclusive excellence and belonging, and to provide spaces for faculty and staff to process emotions, feelings and thoughts related to current events, the Offices of Central Human Resources, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will offer virtual Reflect, Listen, Connect sessions. The goals of these virtual sessions are to: provide an opportunity for a check in, provide a place to share stories of individual and community challenges and resiliency, and provide space for connection, belonging and community building.
Ongoing Series Fall 2020
Split Stories: Skinfolk and Kinfolk
Join us as we discuss Colorism, pigmentocracy, phenotype, and mixed families. Split Stories is a brave/safe space for students, staff, faculty, and community members who identify with more than one race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, or heritage. This group challenges societies’ single box and monoracial categories to create a brave/safe space for dialogue, establish community, and find solidarity in shared experiences.
Tuesday, Nov. 3
3 – 4:30 p.m.
Tales of Horror: Frightful Places of the Night
Legend, lore, history, and mystery! They will raise the hairs on your arms, send shivers down your spine, and give you a glimpse into the strange happenings! On this 2-hour experience, live guides will take you on a journey through the haunted happenings that have taken place in their city. Each will be in their own breakout room so you can visit as many places as you like—Kyoto, London, or Denver.
Sign Up to get the Zoom Access Code link by Oct. 29th
Friday, Oct. 30
5 – 7 p.m.
Virtual Halloween Escape Room
Dead Lift: You have 60 minutes to escape … are you up for the challenge? Take part in a virtual escape room with your fellow Lynx.