Cohort Meetings 7-8: Themes and Activities

Meeting 7: What Does Success Look Like? (Design Clinic wrap-up)

 

In the seventh meeting, we wrap up the design clinics (as needed) and then focus on how to define and measure the success of our campus-community collaborations.

 

If there are still cohort members who haven’t presented for a design clinic, we complete those clinics first. We also spend a little time reflecting on our overall experiences with the design clinics.

 

We use the remaining time doing an activity based around two questions related to success for the different types of people involved:

We have the Fellows write their answers for defining and measuring success for each group for 10-15 minutes, and then share their thoughts with a partner or small group.

 

This activity is adapted based on how much time we have after the design clinics.

Meeting 8: Gaining Institutional Support

 

In the eighth and final cohort meeting, we focus on how our institutions could adapt to help support the types of campus-community collaborations that each of the Fellows is moving forward.

 

We hope that this topic helps Fellows think about the specific types of institutional support they’ll need to move their collaborations forward, and also to generate collective energy for broader-scale institutional changes on our campuses and in other community organizations.

 

We’ve use the below worksheet to help Fellows share their ideas about institutional change:

We also spend time wrapping up and reflecting on the program. This often takes the form of:

 

  • Sharing one way we each feel we’ve grown as a result of the program.

  • Soliciting suggestions for program improvements.

  • Fellows sharing advice for future participants.

  • Tearful goodbyes (just kidding, mostly).

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Our programming takes place on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples, who have lived in the Salish Sea basin, throughout the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades watershed, from time immemorial. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, particularly the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.

(For more information: WWU Tribal Relations)

Thank you to the numerous organizations that have empowered and continue to support this collaborative effort through co-sponsoring events and providing meeting space, expertise, and communication support. Special thanks to Eastern Washington University, Northwest Indian College, University of Puget Sound, Whatcom County Library System, and Whiteswan Environmental for their ongoing dedication to the work.

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