How are “teams” formed?
Teams can be created by a teacher, administrator, a community leader or a student. The most important part is that each team come prepared to discuss a change that it wants to make and create an action plan around that change.
Who should be on a team?
Ideally teams will have 5-7 students and 2-3 faculty/administrators. If you have a topic formed but need help finding additional people, please reach out to us! Some of the topics in the past have revolved around bullying, school climate, healthy relationships, political activism, environmental sustainability, and issues of diversity & inclusion just to name a few.
What team topics are accepted?
Any issue that has the potential to create long-term positive change in your institution and that is important to you, your peers and/or the students you work with is game. We are happy to help you brainstorm how your ideas can translate into a team topic.
What are afternoon the issue areas? How are the issue areas decided?
As much as possible, the afternoon issue areas are chosen to compliment and support the discussions happening in the morning. All afternoon topics, though, are also designed to stand alone as a discussion.
Who will be running the discussions?
The morning sessions are run by Siena College students who are trained as facilitators. Most are Seniors who major in Education and Social Work and are highly interested in working with youth both as part of the forum and as a career choice.
Should I attend the whole day? Can I attend part?
Anyone on a team is expected to attend the whole day. People who are not on a team can attend the afternoon only or can observe a team in the morning and attend a discussion in the afternoon.
Is there food?
All team participants will have a working lunch. People who attend the afternoon will be have an afternoon coffee break with light refreshments.
What are the expected outcomes of the day?
As with any forum, we hope to encourage greater connection between colleges, high schools and community organizations around the issues of the forum. We also hope that the teams who create action plans will be ready to go back to their institutions to fully implement their ideas. Finally, we hope that the people who are most interested in the topics being discussed can start to work with the organizations and government agencies in a structured way through mentoring and programming.
Will there be any follow up?
For the teams who are interested, we will organize some follow up activities in the spring to keep up on project activities and inform the other teams on team progress. The facilitators of the forum are available to continue to facilitate the discussion at a later date either here at Siena or at the home institution.
Any other questions? Please let us know by emailing Ruth Kassel at firstname.lastname@example.org.