Core Theme 2: The Individual Engaged in Community

Evergreen emphasizes learning through collaboration among responsible individuals who define and articulate their work within the context of supportive learning communities, thus building the basis for lifelong learning and civic engagement. Collaborative learning in community supports transformative thinking and the construction of knowledge, leading to new understandings of self and others. Students exercise intellectual and civic responsibility by linking theory and practice inside and outside the classroom, on and off campus. Evergreen values its reciprocal relationship with local and global communities as demonstrated by the active commitment to social justice, diversity, environmental stewardship and service in the public interest. Students, staff and faculty work together in collaborative decision-making to create a stronger community. Through collaborative learning and by linking theory to practice, Evergreen prepares students to be informed and active citizens throughout their lives.