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“Individually we know some things – together we know a lot.”

INVOCATION

Rapoetry performance by Brett

ATTENDEES

Celi – APIC, Future Alumni

Daniel Cherniske – Aquaponics

Jesse – Environmental science, music, and performance art

Toni – Professional citizen Washpirg on Campus

Brett – rap-tastic magician

Dante – systematic approaches to community issues and problem solving

Jesse – first last year at evergreen – coastal sustainability

Sophie –  artist how are can be plugged into the community ecology and science

Zach – access and privilege food  co coordinator of campus food coalition

Brendan – with the GSU

Forrest – part of washPIRG coordinator bi thinkers society & member of TOP

Leo- coordinate Dirty Hands

Dan- involved with DEAP and Young Roots

James – Naral Ninjas + Male Allyship

DISCUSS IN PAIRS!

A cool thing that you discovered at Evergreen and your final project at Evergreen.

FOOD

INTRO

Students come to Evergreen looking for alternatives because our dominant culture is unhealthy and unsustainable. So lets really explore alternatives and give birth to them. Evergreen’s system is facing many cuts, its facing many cuts. Its time for students to participate, engage, and also define what Evergreen is. Its time for solid pushing and continuing to play with the different pieces already at hand, such as:

  1. Huge Celebration in the Spring, happened every year until 2008 during crackdown in bureaucracy
  2. Giving thanks, before making change, current staff and admin and faculty, admin thinks that Evergreen students are flaky, don’t feel appreciated
  3. Project to change the landscape of Evergreen, community space, talk about 4300 Space; the library lobby and CAB used to be physically shaped differently, dictating more communal activity,

This was all acknowledged last quarter, since then we’ve been having cyclical conversations. Looking forward, lets construct meeting minutes and a committee.

DANTE’S PRESENTATION: “Collective impact model – what does it look like”?

In journalism, three different forms of collaboration:

  1. one person writes something, another person shares and spreads it
  2. assignment; one groups pays someone else to do some investigation
  3. both groups work together on a single project

Example, (1) “Hey I want to share your event with others”, (2) “Hey can you bring a bunch of people to this event?”, (3) “Hey lets pull this project together”.

Collective impact model roots from Stanford social innovation:

There are three different types of problems.  Complex ones have, multiple variables, issues are oftentimes related within it, its an approach to solve community problems holistically.

Example of a community using it today: Cowlitz County – internal resource colony – timber industry their economy relied upon is now dead – and so they’re current focused on the healthy of the community

  1. Common agenda, joint approach
  2. Shared measurement system, evidence based
  3. Mutually reinforcing activities, what ever your activity does, reinforces what I’m doing
  4. Continuous communication, so that were all on the same page
  5. Backbone support organization, helps people historically and continuously busy, to line people up,

This is a PDF with a more in-depth breakdown.

Lets look at evergreen: climate change, environmental issues, etc. Now, as Evergreen community members, we have more clout, we have a system to manifest change, its an opportunity. Creating effective change creates an example for the greater community. So what direction? What movement? Lets look at the health of the community: communication, material access, exclusion/outreach, etc.

*Possibility of bringing Michael O’Neil, Evergreen Alum using the collective model in Cowlitz County, to speak at a Revival event.

Dan notes: Sounds like the backbone support organization is about creating accountability, making sure folks do what we said.

Jesse Nelson notes: is putting together a Grand Jury Resisters care package, if anyone wants to send along something, talk to him!

GROUP BRAINSTORM OF EVERGREEN ISSUES:

–       Divest of fossil fuels = sustainability

–       Very low recycle rates

–       Compost system, we’re contracting with them, possibly at the organic farm, $1.5 million industrial size composting

–       There are many discussions that could use a lot more people’s involvement

–       Communication venues, tesc Crier,

–       Involve more people

–       Office of sexual assault prevention needs more support, no current resources for sexual assault survivors, needs to be addressed on a more systemic level

–       Divest from bank of America

–       Faculty and staff need student support, for their benefits, staff don’t have health benefits, faculty labor union,

–       Mass movement, beyond students saying we want higher ed to be cheaper, that connects with broad base of society, admin, students, greater community, build alliances with Olympia community

–       Create a campaign that works for everyone, closing corporate tax loopholes and send revenue to higher ed

–       Connect with staff and faculty, collaborate with them

–       What are our cultural norms? How do we engage with each other? How can we engage with each other differently?

–       Centralizing information and history, handbook and guidelines

–       Mandatory reading for the campus? Mandatory class

–       Lack of trust by Admin CLUC

–       Anti-oppression training for student group coordinators and faculty, continuous deep education, go beyond one time workshops, and then go beyond human behavior, go beyond individualization, looking at this systematically,

–       Central meeting place, most students live off campus, better attractive food options, taco truck, hang out places

–       Make city of Olympia a part of the discussion,

–       Under-enrollment at Evergreen, recruiting locally,

–       Student should go back to their high schools to encourage coming to Evergreen, because it is such an alternative education

–       Economic down turn, students are main revenue source for Evergreen, they’re beginning to get funding from Alumni

–       Central meeting issue seems like the root cause of many of these issues, culture of ollaboration

SUGGESTIONS:

Zach notes: “The tyranny of structurelessness”, be aware of your own environment, and who you’re excluding, pissed that the administration and faculty didn’t think we could be part of the solution, in regards to the cancelled compost contract.

Brendan notes: Committee should be focused on the backbone group, to see that things run smoothly

Sophie notes: What are the practical first steps of doing things? To realize, these ideas into material?

Toni notes: she helps start campaigns, she has an activist toolkit, she has tools for addressing where to begin, there’s an event thursday in C3109, focused on power-mapping, figuring out which individuals are key to influence, construct from the ground up.

James notes: Lets recruit retired faculty, folks who have time, who were at evergreen  for a long time – to be involved in Revival.

Dante notes: Lets work on getting more freshman, they’re very interested,

Sophie notes: advertising, visibility, are key to getting Revival on a better step, willing to work on this

Brendan notes: the Spring campus-wide forum should take place in 4300

Zach notes that: Synergy and the Rachel Carson forum are taking place in Spring Quarter, great events to keep in mind while discussion a larger campus movement and system behavior

James notes: to talk to Matt Lawrence… (what about, James??)

Dante notes: We can develop cooperative models of utilizing the kitchen, (Committee needs to be aware of the limits of Aramark, as it currently has rights to all culinary events and space on campus).

GROUP CONSENSUS: “Lets look at one thing.” Lets:

– Identify one thing that can allow things to build upon itself

– Create this kind of environment (collaborative, Revival), everywhere on campus.

– Revival brings the students back into the involvement

– Lets turn LIB 4300 into a community-wide space for students, staff, and faculty to hang out, eat, cook, collaborate.

Floor plan of LIB 4300

4300 floor plan

FORMATION OF REVIVAL COMMITTEE:

– will meet weekly, a consistent check in with people

– the organization will be horizontal, committee members will help represent larger affinity groups, and report to this “spokescouncil”

– designated individuals will develop designated roles

People on the Revival Committee:

James Hibbs, Brett Athey, Jesse Dwyer, Daniel Cherniske, Dante Garcia, Forest, Sophie Smyer, Zack Fleig, Brendan, Celi Tamayo-Lee

Next Committee meeting is Sunday, March 3rd, at 5pm, Brendan’s house, apartment G307 on campus! Everyone is invited.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Future alumni – are planning a student speaking symposium for Eval Week, Monday and Tuesday

International Womyn’s week – Week 9

GSU Meeting: this Wednesday 1:30pm

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One thought on “gathering minutes :: sunday february 24th

  1. Matt Lawrence is in charge of theatrical production at Evergreen, so to rent stage lights, flats, sound, and organize tech systems for concerts and other performances that aren’t just people sitting around under fluorescent lights reciting poetry without amplification he is the person in charge of that. I can’t recall the specific context right now this late in the week, but being friends with stagecraft people is always a good thing. Last weekend LIB 4300 had been converted into a Theater in the Round for A WINTER’S TALE, a lovely production that used the space well.

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