Connecting the Dots Growing an Ecologically Mindful Living Learning Environment
Patti Kenney, Ph. D. Academic Learning Coordinator, Liberty Hyde Bailey Scholars Program, Michigan State University
Katie Clark. Residential Initiative for the Study of the Environment, College of Social Science, Michigan State University
Frank A. Fear, Ph. D. Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies and Bailey Scholar, Michigan State University.
Terry P. Link, Ph. D. Director, Office for Campus Sustainability and Bailey Scholar, Michigan State University.
Laurie Thorp, Ph. D. Director, RISE (Residential Initiative for the Study of the Environment) and Bailey Scholar, Michigan State University.
An ecologically mindful living learning community
Connecting students’ commitments to
Make the world a better place
Integrate content areas
Engage wider community
Provost’s Vision for Liberal Arts includes extending living learning options
Diminishing financial resources
Programs with common goals & values
Commitment to collaborative process
*RISE *Bailey Scholars
*Office for *MSU
Campus Sustainability Student
*Environmental Organic Farm
*Peace & Justice specialization
Ecologically mindful residence hall (control over food choices, waste reduction, building operations)
Deliberative, democratic self-governance
Bailey Scholars Program
Seeks to be a community of scholars dedicated to lifelong learning.
All members of the community
work to provide a
respectful, trusting environment where
we acknowledge our interdependence and encourage personal growth.
Bailey scholars bring disciplinary diversity to a consideration of ecological mindfulness
Individual student learning plans and
support care for the environment
Bailey scholars engage democratically
In the classroom (colearning)
Within the community (shared responsi-bility for Bailey)
In the broader university and beyond
The Importance of Dialog
“ Dialog is shared exploration toward greater understanding, connection, or possibility.”
Tom Atlee, Co-Intelligence Institute
“ Dialog is about discovering what our true values are, about expanding our capacity for attention, awareness and learning with and from each other, exploring the frontiers of what it means to be human, in relationship to each other and our world.” Glenna Gerard, The Dialog Group