Winter Retreat Progress Report Out 2021
February 17, 2021
Committee Members: David Barger, Audrey Conn, Russ Portier, Courtney Bingham, Alan Irgang, Alejandra Ros Pilarz, Jason Lee, and Vicky Knok
Strategic Plan Goal: Improve a sense of inclusion for our students, faculty, and staff
Objective 1: Enhance physical space(s) by promoting community building, creativity, and collaboration among faculty, students, and staff.
- Unfortunately, due to the ongoing pandemic-induced building restrictions, we have not made significant progress towards our goals. We have been unable to meet as a group inside the building to better assess what space we have available to create more study space(for example) or where best to locate any new art or mural. Some goals such as accessibility to building are ongoing projects with physical plant, and hopefully, those will be taken care of soon.
- Since there seems to be some hope that we will possibly be able to access the building again this summer, the committee needs to make sure we have a plan in place that we can implement quickly when do return.
- The committee is planning to put up a mural or other artwork as a memorial to the Black Lives Matter protests in summer 2020. We have had trouble connecting with a muralist who was suggested to us, and will also need to come up with a plan to find either a new muralist or some other artwork to help remember the BLM protests.
- We are excited to continue our goal to enhance the physical spaces in the SSW that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, by promoting community building, creativity, and collaboration among faculty, students, and staff. Due to the inability to access the building as a group we have been delayed in our work to continue to improve the aesthetic appearance of our building as well as our hopes to create more study and wi-fi accessible spots for students who need it. We believe that we can continue this work in the near future when the building/campus returns to more normal operations.