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.
Overview: Cohort Meeting Themes and Activities
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