In Summer 2020, the IDEA Collective kicked off its official programming with the Long Talk – a four-part dialogue designed to begin conversations related to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. Topics included:
During the Fall of 2020, the I.D.E.A. Collective met weekly to brainstorm and lay the foundation for what I.D.E.A. can tangibly look like within the Division. We established our Collective's mission, defined I.D.E.A., explored our "why", and identified 3 core areas of impact.
In December of 2020, we held the Student Affairs I.D.E.A. Collective Launch & Learn, a presentation that introduced the committee, communicated our vision, and offered a platform to gather feedback from staff at various levels on how they hope to see our Division infused with I.D.E.A.
In January 2021, the Collective had a Spring Retreat where we reviewed the feedback from the Launch & Learn and identified both short- and long-term goals and initiatives.
Throughout the Spring 2021 semester, the Collective continued meeting weekly, working toward the large list of goals by splitting into 6 project teams that met an additional 1-2x month.
In May 2021, we launched our Make It Make Sense Discussion Series and have the topics and dates planned out for the remainder of the year. Feel free to sign up for any of the discussions here.
During the Fall of 2021, the I.D.E.A. Collective continued to host the monthly Make is Make Sense Discussion Series on topics including Cancel Culture, Professionalism and Respectability Politics, Intersectionality, Decolonizing Student Affairs Work, and Meaningful Allyship.
Stay tuned for more updates!