The history of the Striving for Common Ground Values Statement:
- This Fort Lewis College version of a resolution of respect or campus creed was created by and for the students at FLC in the academic year 2009-10 to localize and personalize the nationwide Anti-Defamation League’s Resolution of Respect that Common Ground (formerly Code Red) has used on campus for its bias-awareness and anti-discrimination events since 2007.
- The group held a campus-wide forum to gather input about ideas for the document and what our campus community believes in. A volunteer student committee was formed to gather feedback and refine the document. This panel of 8 presented the document to classes and distributed feedback forms to gauge student interest. The initial sample set of almost 250 students from more than 11 classes and majors produced results that were undeniably in favor of the document.
- Common Ground intern Dan Riecks recorded the data and ran analysis (with the help of FLC Statistics Professor Sue Kraus) to ensure that the sampling was accurate. The IRB granted exempt status for the study, concluding that it did not ask for sensitive information from students and that testing methods were sound. The revised document was presented to additional classes, and later to ASFLC, Fort Lewis College student government. Senate members in the winter 2010 voted not to endorse the document, requesting that more freshman students provide input before approval.
- Facilitators surveyed an additional 4 classes (80 respondents) for their feedback and senator Noel Altaha wrote a resolution to the ASFLC requesting their endorsement during the Winter term of 2011. The document began the official endorsement process in 2011 in honor of our 2011 centennial celebration.
- A banner of the document was made and had its debut during out Centennial Celebration Diversity & Intercultural Dialogue Conference, "Empower the Dream, Inspire the Change" in March of 2011.