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Overview: Cohort Meeting Themes and Activities

The cohort meeting themes and activities follow an arc through the year intended to allow Fellows to get to know each other, develop a shared language and culture, consider a broad range of important topics related to campus-community collaboration, help each other move their campus-community collaborations forward, and reflect on the process.


There are three stages of meetings, which mostly map onto our three quarters.


The first set of meetings are focused on relationship-building, self-reflection, and considering design principles.


The second set are almost entirely filled with design clinics, in which we’re exploring Fellows’ questions about ongoing or emerging campus-community collaborations.


The third and final set focus on defining and measuring success, establishing stronger support systems for continuing work, and reflecting on the program.


The following pages provide a snapshot of our goals and activities for each of the eight meetings.


We share them as examples of themes and activities that have worked for us, not as a recipe or prescription for others to follow. Each year, and even among cohorts, we do things a bit differently.


You should prepare the meeting themes and activities that you think will most resonate with those involved in your program, and adapt as you learn.

Doug Banner helped WWU students integrate art into new content areas at Whatcom Middle School.

"The program has been a great way to meet many great people outside my own little microcosm. Conversations are always lively and insightful and there is a growing sense of strong community."

- Doug Banner

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