The Grassroots floor is an intentional living-learning community. As a community students engage topics of racial awareness and identity, reconciliation, and racism as played out in North America. Through shared experiences and shared meals Grassroots offers students an opportunity to step toward challenging topics in a supportive environment. Developing cultural and racial awareness as well as Christian responses to racial and cultural injustices are essential elements of being an emerging leader in a global world.
This floor is rooted in the mission of Calvin residence life in that it is a place where we offer students the opportunity for intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and relational growth.
Meets every other week and is only open to residents for the floor. For more information please read below:
IDIS 190—Contextual Diversity Studies
The Grassroots Living Learning Community is intended to deal specifically with the issue of race, racism and reconciliation in the United States. In order to do so, the course will also include an examination of the cultural and ethnic identities of the participants and what it means for life in the Grassroots Community, Calvin College, and beyond. Although students living in the Grassroots Community represent a variety of cultural backgrounds, IDIS 190 is not intended to simply be a celebration of cultures but a time to engage the difficult questions of race, racism, reconciliation and Biblical justice.
Participation in the Grassroots Community has both an experiential and academic component. IDIS 190 is the academic component and is intended to enhance the experience in the living community. Students living in the Grassroots Community will participate in seminars, learning events, and a variety of assignments to supplement and enrich the experience of living and learning in this community. Students will develop a common language to enlighten their study of historic and current racism in the United States, and will begin to apply this to their experiences and learning within the Calvin College community and beyond. This course satisfies the Cross-Cultural core requirement.
Course Learning Outcomes:
Over the course of a year, students – with respect to the goals of living and learning within the Grassroots Community – should develop a deeper understanding of the learning outcomes listed below:
Knowledge/Content Oriented (Think Deeply)
Attitudinal/Mode of Being (Live Widely)
Skills (Act Justly)
As a community of students, ??We confess the brokenness of our world and the sin of racism which has infected our world on a personal, institutional and cultural level. We confess that cultural superiority and internalized victimization have damaged our relationships with one another, creating social tensions. We confess that we often submit to the world's definition of who we are while failing to "ungrasp" those identities in exchange for one rooted in the image of God.
Illuminated by God's grace and wisdom, we commit to:?? Reflecting the kingdom of God in how we interact with one another Restoring and redefining our ethnic identities by exploring race relations in the context of the United States, IDIS 190. Sharing our living and learning together through communal meals and activities.