It is clear that some changes in our
housing and dining system are required to meet the needs of current and future
students. We note that change has been
impeded by attachment to the traditional system and fear that making any
adjustments will ruin what is most special about Smith. Survey and focus group
however, reveal a significant need for some new options. We hope that our
recommendations will be received not as attempts to change our system completely,
to balance what we have now with other choices.
The task force notes as well
some structural impediments to change. This task force has provided the first
opportunity in many years to engage in
discussion of housing and dining. We strongly urge that a vehicle for such
discussion (perhaps as part of a standing committee such as CMP) be built
into the governance of the college. With regular campus-wide exchange,
we will continue
to strengthen the connection between residence life and the educational
mission of the college.
Guarasci, Richard and Cornwell,
Grant H. Democratic Education in an Age of Difference: Redefining Citizenship
in Higher Education. Jossey-Bass, 1997.