Community Governance (CG) has played a vital social and educational role at Antioch College since the early 1930’s. As a “laboratory for democracy,” Antioch seeks to provide everyone within the community access to shared governance and responsibility for community life. This model recognizes that shared governance is essential for successful navigation of Antioch’s intentional community and CG transcends traditional modes by providing representation for every sector of the community. CG plays a vital role within the community and provides agency empowers all members with the vision and skills necessary to effect important change in the world.
Antioch’s current governance model involves faculty, staff, and students. Community Meetings are held every week during each term. At each meeting, community members gather as a general assembly to discuss issues of importance to the community as well provide a weekly forum intended to keep everyone abreast of activities and events that are of interest to the community at large. 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 (CP). The dean of community life or a representative from their office will act as an ex-officio, non-voting member.
Students also work with Community Life as staff members and facilitators; help plan events; participate in faculty searches, committees, and task groups as needed; and sit on the Community Standards Board. In Winter 2012, the Governance Task Group was elected by the community to work closely with the Council of Conveners in further formalizing a campus governance structure that is transparent in its processes, sustainable as a model, and accessible to all members of the community.