Communities of Practice

To support Clark’s commitment to student learning, staff and faculty development, the Teaching and Learning Center encourages focused Communities of Practices in which interested faculty and professional staff can learn and grow together. 

This Fall, the TLC, in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Equity, Employee Development and Information Technology, will begin Communities of Practice. A Community of Practice (CoP) is an intentional gathering of people who want to learn, and apply what they learn, to their daily practice (Wenger, 2011). Each member is both a teacher and learner. Members of a CoP work towards a common goal and serve as accountability partners to each other (Holmes & Meyerhoff, 1999).

For Fall quarter, we invite staff and faculty to join us in in one of two Communities of Practice:

  1. Power, Priviledge & Inequity
  2. Project Management. 

Long-Term Goals of Communities of Practice at Clark College


Power, Privilege & Inequity: "Is Everyone Really Equal" by Özlem Sensoy and Robin DiAngelo

This Community of Practice will center on the exploration of Power, Privilege and Inequity and subsequent impacts on student learning and development. During Winter quarter, staff and faculty will come together to read "Is Everyone Really Equal" by Özlem Sensoy and Robin DiAngelo. 

We invite colleagues from across Clark College to join this CoP if they want to:

  1. broaden their understanding of social stratification, discrimination, power and privilige.
  2. identify ways in which they can create a more just environment at Clark.  

What can I expect to do during this community of practice? 

Participants will read the assigned book, and come to meetings prepared to discuss the readings. There will be five meetings during Winter quarter. We expect that participation in this CoP will take approximately 15 hours throughout fall quarter (this includes time reading the book). 

I'm interested in participating. What should I do? 

Complete the "Is Everyone Really Equal" registration form no later than Wednesday, January 23, 2019. The first meeting for this community of practice will be held Friday, January 25 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm in GHL 205. 

Project Management

This Community of Practice focusing on Project Management is important because of the growing need for integrated work processes between and within departments at Clark College. Project management is a process/strategic approach that can leverage the work of individuals into collaborative teams to achieve high-level organizational goals. The PM – CoP will develop shared best practices for the benefit of the CoP members and the College as a whole.

In this CoP, we hope to share knowledge and expertise among those at Clark College who want to:

  1.  practice project management skills
  2. become better at leading cross-department projects
  3. facilitate collaborative work on campus.

Objectives of the PM – CoP

  1. Identify individuals on campus who have the interest and commitment to develop their skills in and understanding of project management processes and knowledge areas.
  2. Create an environment to facilitate engagement, trust, learning, creativity, collaboration, and development of new skills in the community’s members.
  3. Provide an online space where we can encourage collaboration and provide a way to store and share community learning. We will also use online materials such as books, articles, videos, etc. to reduce associated expenses.
  4. Generate excitement for project management on campus as we develop a shared understanding of best practices applicable to higher education.

Interested in participating? 

If you are interested in participating, please contact Judith Hernández Chapar, ext. 2086 for more information.