The Office of Faculty Development

Community Building & Involvement

Community is a multifaceted and multilayered aspect of who we are as individuals. As instructors, it is important to foster a sense of community in the classroom. Research indicates that the creation and nourishment of the classroom community is beneficial to both students and instructors. However, it is equally important that students are able to identify the communities that they stem from and the community that they have become a part of by becoming a member of the university. The university is an institution with a physical place and that physical place has a deep rooted sociopolitcal history. When we acknowledge that “Chico State stands on lands that were originally occupied by the first people of this area, the Mechoopda,” we are highlighting the sociopolitical history of the physical space we occupy as a university. Recognition is important, but it is equally important that we aid in the immersion of students within the broader community that the university is a part of. Amongst other means, immersion is possible via place-consciousness pedagogy and civic engagement. 

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