You Have a Voice
Among the most powerful examples of experiential learning is living in community. At Sterling, we engage in compelling and meaningful learning experiences as we care for our campus and for each other. Together, we provide for the College’s needs with the understanding that by working collectively we sustain our community and ourselves. Together we create opportunities for connection and exploration, and share knowledge and tools so that we may experience success and growth in our Community, Academic, and Work programs. Through the high-impact practices of place-based and experiential learning, students are actively engaged in collaborative processes of self-discovery, self-direction, and long- and short-term goal setting. Sterling promotes and sustains diversity of culture, history, and lifestyle, fosters respect for the campus environment and ecological systems, and facilitates a productive and transformative exchange of ideas. Our programming reflects the high expectations students have of Sterling, and the high expectations we have of of our students.
The guiding philosophy and approach is one that encourages compassion, care, and reflection, focusing on student development through individual growth and accountability for behavior. Our goal is to support students as they become the people they want to be in the world. We are committed to providing the tools, resources, and supports for students to make informed decisions about their lives and their interactions within the community. The processes for addressing issues are designed to support personal accountability and to balance the rights of the individual with that of the health and safety of the community.
Restoration is created by the kinds of conversations we initiate with each other. These conversations are the leverage point for an alternative future. The core question that underlies each conversation is “What can we create together?”
To get a better, fuller sense of the values that comprise the foundation of our community and how we work together, read this.
The Community Guidebook is a frequently updated, comprehensive overview on Sterling.
- Create a sense of belonging, tradition, and celebration
- Prioritize the experiences of shared learning, shared knowing, and shared responsibility
- Offer a breadth of engagement opportunities and experiences
- Foster commitment and accountability within the academic and work programs
- Encourage exploration, curiosity, and healthy risk taking through experiential and place-based learning experiences
- Begin and continues the development of College, Community, and Work competencies
- Provide tools and clear expectations around communication
- Offer information and access to college and community resources