On October 4th, students, classified professionals, faculty and administrators gathered at Madera Community College Center in the Central Valley for the “Weaving Community for Transformation” Fall Regional Summit. 3CSN Regional Coordinators Devon Werble and Roy Ramon facilitated the session, focusing on the inquiry question: As we transform, how do we design for inclusive collaboration?
The day began with building intentional community by discussing and sharing values, recalling moments where trust and communication existed at our colleges, and establishing what the group needed for the day to go well. Some of those values and needs the group agreed on included: “Assume good intentions”; “Be open to different viewpoints”; “Be engaged”; “Be willing to share your great ideas”; “Have fun!”
Focusing on an appreciative inquiry framework, appreciating and harnessing the best of what is and envisioning what can be, the teams took the opportunity to dream and discover the possibilities on their campuses.
College and regional teams discussed where community and collaboration already exists at their institutions and where they would like to see more community building. Teams visualized their dreams via vivid and creative posters. There was clearly a common theme at the center of these “dream” posters: students.
Inspired by their own and their colleague’s posters, participants moved their dreaming to designing through the praxis plan activity. By backward designing, individuals and teams worked to transform their “problems” to opportunities. Individuals considered building community in their classroom, department, and committees while teams focused on their Guided Pathways plans, campus-wide initiatives, and building community across departments at their college. One participant noted, “The Praxis Plan was the most valuable exercise for me. It helps to visualize how problems at hand can be realistically resolved…step-by-step.”
Participants are already excited about bringing in more colleagues and students for the spring summit in 2020!
Want to join in the fun and learning? Register for the spring summit here: https://cvrnspringregional20.eventbrite.com
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