Creating Cradle-to-Career’s Community Guidelines

C2C Staff | December 12, 2022

Community engagement and transparency are key components of Cradle-to-Career’s work.

As we employ a user-centered design process, we have a unique opportunity to build the Cradle-to-Career community we all want. In our most recent Community Conversation, we collaborated in drafting clear and shared expectations of how we will engage with one another.

Below are our draft community guidelines. We will begin implementing them in the new year, so if you have any suggestions, feedback, or additional guidelines, please reach out to the team.

  • Approach with a beginner’s mind
    • We are all learning together.
  • Share your knowledge
    • No one knows everything, but together we know a lot.
  • Avoid jargon and acronyms
    • Use inclusive language that is accessible for people with varying inside knowledge.
  • Be Curious, Open, and Respectful
  • Practice self-focus
    • Use “I statements” rather than generalizations and speak from your own perspective.
  • Be aware of intent & impact
    • Be responsible for how you have affected others, regardless of intent.
  • Assume positive intent
    • Offer and seek safe clarification if unsure.
  • Take space/make space and provide adequate time for all input to be heard
    • If you are usually quiet challenge yourself to take more space, and if you usually talk a lot be mindful to leave room for quieter voices.
  • Confidentiality – avoid speaking for others without explicit permission
    • Don’t share something communicated in a private or safe space.
  • C2C will provide an update on key program objectives
    • We will aim to level set before diving into the broader discussion.
  • C2C will keep a record of concerns and appreciations about the process from community members
    • We will be transparent about what has worked and what hasn’t.
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