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Different Types of Health

Health can be defined in a variety of ways. CSU’s thematic year of HEALTH will focus specifically on animal health, human physical and mental health, and public health, with an emphasis on health justice.

Animal Health

Up-close photo of a happy dob wearing a red bandana

Physical and Mental Health

Public Health

Staff member at CSU tests the water to ensure adequate chlorine content and water quality on campus during COVID closures in April of 2020

What is a "Thematic Year"?

CSU’s Thematic Year has expanded from our university-wide common read program, Rams Read, which began in 2020.

Starting in 2022, the campus will focus on a common set of major issues that have local, national, and global implications.  Each theme selected will manifest the CSU’s land-grant mission and reflect the university’s Principles of Community. The annual theme is selected to highlight the cutting-edge research, programs and events taking place on the Colorado State University campus.  It will guide and encourage students, faculty and staff across the university to engage in a wide range of topics for dynamic discussions in and out of the classroom. Our Thematic Year highlights people, events, books, and other resources across campus related to  HEALTH

The purpose of a thematic year is to see growth and opportunity expand at CSU. Our world is growing at an exponential rate, producing challenges and setbacks as well as innovative solutions to those challenges. As we also align and support our theme with CSU’s Courageous Strategic Transformation plan, we also want our theme to spark more conversations at every level within our community. Our expansion of events and experiences among our students, faculty, and staff will  unite us all in the first of many themes to come.  

Natasha Bowens Blair, author of The Color of Food, speaks at the Lory Student Center at Colorado State University, October 16, 2021
Natasha Bowens Blair, author of The Color of Food, speaks at the Lory Student Center at Colorado State University, October 16, 2021

CSU’s Thematic Year is guided by our Learning Objectives and Principles of Community, which value responsibility, collaboration, and creativity. The CSU community has a responsibility to uphold our principles of inclusion, integrity, respect, service, and social justice. The Thematic Year seeks to meet these objectives and principles in new and engaging ways. This includes discussions that encourage dialogue across differences, to letting students voice their concerns on the issues inherent in our selected theme, to listening to our community’s hopes for the future. We are a vibrant community of learners that celebrate our diverse backgrounds and viewpoints. 

Poster of CSU's Principles of Community, which are Inclusion, Integrity, Respect, Service, and Social Justice