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Understanding Community

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Participatory Data Collection

Description: Participants will understand that communities can either be seen as passive or active in data collection processes. Participatory methods involve participants as active agents. Participatory processes help create shared power in a group. Participatory-Data-CollectionDownload

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Deciding Together

Description: Participants will understand multiple models for decision making. They will understand that the process for making the decision is just as important as the decision itself. Each model will include the group in different ways, and will emphasize different parts of the process. Deciding-TogetherDownload

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Where Do You Stand?

Description: Participants will understand that communities may be formed around shared identities and experiences, but differences are also present within communities. Some identities and experiences may be implicitly privileged over others in a group. This can threaten the community. Instead of basing membership in the group solely on similarities, the community can choose to come [...]


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Seed Coalition strengthens the capacity of colleges and universities to fulfill the public purposes of higher education through its coalition of diverse college campuses in Iowa, Minnesota, and the Midwest. Our network includes rural and urban campuses, public universities and private colleges, community colleges, and trade schools.

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