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Guiding Questions at the COVE

Let these questions guide your COVE involvement.
Students gathered in the COVE reflecting upon a recent activity
We are working across campus to ensure that our students, faculty, and administrators are asking questions and taking actions to move us toward a stronger, better community. Through student groups, classes, residential living, and summer fellowships, we are working to renew democratic life and social stewardship at Colgate. Below are a list of questions and actions that guide who we are and what we do:
1. In what ways am I leading my campus in articulating and in implementing a civic mission that prepares our students and our faculty for engaged citizenship?
2. Are students given multiple opportunities to do work of citizenship, which will impact their academic learning experience?
3. How well do our campus co-curricular activities provide opportunities for civic engagement? Do these activities include participation in political campaigns and/or other change-oriented activities?
4. To what extent do our co-curricular activities include a regular time and place for reflection about oneself and about the world around him/her?
5. To what extent are students and faculty able to interact with aspects of public culture, civic arguments, and discussions on the meaning of their learning, their work, and their institution as a whole?
6. To what extent do our career advisers provide opportunities for public service and nonprofit career choices?
7. How well does our campus provide opportunity for faculty to create, to participate in, and to take responsibility for a vibrant public culture on campus?
8. Is our faculty engaged with students in a sustained conversation over the need to develop student citizenship skills and to debate what those skills and habits are and how they might be developed?
9. Is our campus diverse? How do we enable students and faculty to encounter and to learn from others different from themselves in experience, in culture, in racial background, in gender, in sexual orientation, in ideologies, and in views?
10. What can I do TODAY with others to move our campus forward on all of these questions?