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Commissioning The Coalition is a Course

Commissioning The Coalition

Ended Jun 24, 2022
4 credits

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Term: Summer 2022

Date: June 24th, 2022

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Location: University Mall 2104


Cheri Lemieux Spiegel, PhD



Paul Fitzgerald, PhD

Northern Virginia Community College
Annandale Campus

Presented By: Office of Inclusion & Diversity (INDV)



For an organization to be truly responsive to the needs that arise in the institution in which they operate, they must first honestly acknowledge the truth of their institutional culture. They must meet the truth of what is the current reality, and be able to articulate a vision for a renewed tomorrow. Simply put: institutional culture must be intentionally cultivated. Although we might find that the pieces of a responsive, functional framework for a healthy and thriving institution might exist in pockets within a community, building a cohesive and sustainable coalition can feel daunting, particularly in large, complex settings. How do individuals interested in transforming the culture of an institution make progress? What does it look like to identify, recognize, and organizationally structure the pieces in a way that creates both local autonomy and institutional support? In this conversation, we will introduce a framework that we propose might serve as a foundation for a commissioning a functioning, operational coalition which not only addresses all aspects of wellness that faculty, staff, and administrators might be in need of, but also, when effectively implemented, creates a sustainable, cross-institutional framework of support for all.