Community Governance (CG) has played a vital social and educational role at Antioch College since the early 1930’s. Antioch seeks to provide all members of the college access to shared governance and responsibility for community life. This model transcends traditional modes of governance by providing representation for students, faculty, and staff. Additionally as a “laboratory for democracy,” Community Governance acts as a pedagogical tool by giving those who partake in it the skills necessary to effect change in the world. This pedagogy is a core part of Antioch’s historical curriculum.
Community Meetings are held every week during each term. At each meeting, community members gather as a general assembly to discuss issues of importance. The meeting also provides a weekly forum intended to keep everyone abreast of activities and events happening on and around the campus. Community Council (ComCil) is the representative body of the Antioch College Community. The community elects ComCil members and membership is comprised of four students, two faculty members, two staff members and the Council President (a student). The dean of community life or a representative from their office acts as an ex-officio, non-voting member.
Other Opportunities are available for students to work with Community Life in a plethora of other roles; they can serve as staff members, help plan events, participate in faculty searches, and sit on committees, task groups, and the Community Standards Board. The Antioch College governance structure aims to be transparent in all its processes, sustainable as a model, and accessible to all members of the community.