Community Governance (CG) has played a vital social and educational role at Antioch College since the early 1930’s. As a “laboratory for democracy,” Community Governance acts as a pedagogical tool by giving those who partake in it the skills necessary to effect change in the world. This pedagogy is a core part of Antioch’s historical curriculum. Community Council, College Council, and Community Meeting are three keys to CG at Antioch.
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Community Government is designed to provide an operating structure of genuine self-government, based upon the widest achievable participation, for these inseparable purposes:
- Practically, to further the interests and meet the needs of the Community and its members as judiciously as possible; and
- Educationally, to aid in the development of the individual as a citizen in a democratic society.
Community Government, then, helps to maintain a context within which individuals learn both to make responsible use of those opportunities for self-expression and self-development that the community provides and to honor their consequent obligation to the community and its members. So educated, they may be better motivated and equipped for effective membership in any other community of their subsequent choice. For these purposes to be best satisfied, any governmental structure should pursue the following guiding principles:
- Accessibility, to allow every capable and willing person to participate, no matter one’s institutional connection. position, or social outlook.
- Transparency, which requires those with the capacity to create policy, or to prevent the policy from being enacted, explain their methods and reasons for doing so.
- Sustainability, which provides for adherence to ideas present at the structure’s inception, while allowing adjustment to changing circumstances.
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The Community Manager is responsible for supporting Community and Shared Governance at the College. They work with all branches of governance at Antioch College to foster transparency, inclusion, and empowerment for all community members.
Community Meetings, led by the President of ComCil, are usually held every week during each term. At each meeting, community members gather as a general assembly to discuss issues of importance. The meeting also provides a weekly forum intended to keep everyone abreast of activities and events happening on and around the campus.
See you there on Tuesdays at 2:30 PM!
Community Council (or ComCil) serves as an on-campus elected body that considers policies and issues in which students, faculty, and staff share concerns. ComCil is comprised of four students, two faculty members, two staff members, and the Council President. Additionally, the dean of community life or a representative from their office acts as an ex-officio, non-voting member. An elected student serves as the President of Comcil.
Community Council reserves the right to make recommendations or present a position on college policy and issues as they affect the community. This body is also responsible for: the social, cultural, political and community life on campus; budgeting and allocating the funds of the Community Government budget; planning and managing student spaces and campus events.
Community Council Meeting: every Tuesday from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
All meetings are open to the public. Meetings on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays are 2-hour policy discussion meetings.
The College Council serves as the primary on-campus body advising the College President on the review, revision, and approval of administrative policy. Voting members of College Council are three administrators (including the President), two elected representatives from each constituency group (students, faculty, staff), and three elected at-large representatives (students, faculty, staff). Non voting members include the Community Manager and others appointed by the President.
The College Council may utilize various standing and ad hoc committees to care for various aspects of ongoing and special matters. The College Council may delegate authority to these committees, receiving reports of sub-committee activities in the form of minutes distributed to all members of the College Council. The President of the College has final authority on administrative policies.
Meetings are open to the campus community, and are announced in the weekly One Morgan Place e-newsletter.
Other Opportunities are available for students to work with Community Life in a plethora of other roles; they can serve as staff members, help plan events, participate in faculty searches, and sit on committees, task groups, and the Community Standards Board. The Antioch College governance structure aims to be transparent in all its processes, sustainable as a model, and accessible to all members of the community.