How a Community is Built in a University

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How a Community is Built in a University Community is something you will find in any formal or informal setting where people are in the same area for long periods of time, especially on many college campuses. Community is thought of as, although different to specific individuals or subcultures, basically a group of informally bound people sharing similar passions (Wenger, 2000). Majority of universities will push the idea of “community” and “togetherness” on its students. They will do this a number of ways including, Freshman Convocation, Freshman Colloquium, and Welcome Week Activities (Nathan, 2005), just to name a few. By using different methods of bringing students closer to one another, universities intend to make a happier…show more content…
Included in the research of this topic were anthropologists, psychologists, sociologists, and social policy in order to connect individuals, institutions, cultural communities, and relationships over time. This research was done to create opportunities for youth and to help people “give back” to their community (Wenger & Snyder, 2000), to emphasize on the strengths, rather than weaknesses of youth and build youth’s initiative (Denner, Lopez, Cooper, & Dunbar, 1998; Zeldin, 1995). Gathered from this research was a list of ways to build a successful community within a university. Step 1 Make goals explicit by clarifying the goals. Step 2 Develop a common language with informal actions to establish common ground. Step 3 Define roles in the community, but it is not necessary to limit who can join. Step 4 Have early success by beginning with simple yet effective activities to get the group rolling forward. Step 5 Everyone needs to participate to feel accepted and needed by the group. Step 6 Members need to be recognized as individuals. Community has many advantages that go along with it; these groups may not be particularly easy to create and sustain, the organic, spontaneous, and informal nature makes them resistant to supervision and interference (Wenger, 2000). Unfortunately, with every accomplishment there must be some sort of downfall. As described in Nathan’s, My Freshman Year, “big community” has
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