2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

Community Connections: Living and Learning at Evergreen (B)


Fall 2011 quarter

Elizabeth Williamson English literature, theater studies , Jeff Antonelis-Lapp environmental education
Preparatory for studies or careers in
self-directed learning.

This two-credit course is meant to be taken in addition to another program. It is designed for students who want extra academic support during the fall quarter but will not interfere with your ability to enroll in other courses or programs. Class meetings will take place during all-campus governance time on Wednesday afternoons.

One of the most important things Evergreen can teach you is how to take responsibility for your own education. Community Connections is designed to facilitate the transition to college, and to Evergreen in particular, by helping first year students identify pathways for self-directed learning. This set of goals will be framed by the idea that every Evergreen student participates in multiple circles of community, both at the College and in the broader Olympia area, and that these circles of community are what sustain adventurous educational endeavors. 

Each student will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a peer mentor on a regular basis; these sessions, along with weekly group meetings, will help students begin to address their particular learning needs. Students will also be invited to participate in community-based learning activities. The primary focus, however, will be on identifying the student’s individual strengths and interests. This work will culminate in a detailed reflection essay outlining the student’s academic aspirations. For some students, this will mean finding out what it might look like to pursue a targeted career path at a non-traditional college; for others, it will mean articulating a broad set of principles and values. All students must complete this essay in order to earn full credit in the course.

This course includes required sessions during Orientation Week. Check the class schedules website for complete details or contact Elizabeth Williamson at williame@evergreen.edu.

Transfer students are welcome to enroll; please contact Elizabeth Williamson at williame@evergreen.edu to find out whether this course is a good fit for your interests and academic needs. 

Advertised Schedule
4-5p Wed
Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Greener Store
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
March 21st, 2011 New opportunity added.