CLCS 256 - Building Inclusive Communities
Semester Offered: Fall and Spring
(Same as EDUC 256 ) As Vassar College continues to work toward establishing a community characterized by a strong sense of inclusion and belonging, and one that can sustain challenging dialogues, we seek to support this college-wide goal. This course explores four critical themes related to developing and sustaining inclusive communities: personal growth and well-being; intimacy; social identity & power; and effective communication & conflict resolution. Skills and knowledge in these areas can be immediately applied to nurturing more supportive, resilient, and effective student living situations, clubs, teams, classes, and the college-wide community. They are also very important to success and well-being beyond college life – in family and personal relationships, work situations, civic engagement and volunteer situations, activist groups, etc.
Enrolled students should be prepared to step outside their “comfort zones.” They should have an interest in actively engaging in class discussions and experiential exercises, they should have an interest in learning techniques, gaining tools and increasing skills to effectively communicate across differences (differences in living styles and habits, differences in social identity, and differences in personal identity), they should be prepared to explore how vulnerability can benefit them and their relationships, and to explore the relationship between their own personal growth and well-being and the well-being of the communities they are a part of. Candice Lowe Swift.
First six-week course.
One 3-hour period.
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