Apologies for being out of touch about the House this week – trying to balance this all with thesis has been tremendously challenging. We will be having our usual GHC meeting tomorrow at 10 am to discuss space and funding requests and other house ideas, as well as our NOW WEEKLY (!) evening organizer meeting tomorrow at 6:30 pm! All are invited to both of these glorious gatherings; come on over for a full day of Grove House conversation and love. If you want to come to the evening meeting, please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so that we have a sense of how much food to make!
A random tidbit: the organizing force currently known as “The GHC” is having a bit of an identity crisis about our name – calling ourselves “The Grove House Community” has lead to some confusion and we’ll be rethinking that again tomorrow. We will also be reviewing our statement of intent (see below – Leonard and I compiled the feedback and notes into this draft!), brainstorming specific organizer roles and structures for next year, discussing programming, and planning facilitations for the next organizer meetings this semester. I VERY MUCH hope you will come; if you’re interested in seeing some notes from our previous meetings please get in touch; I’d be happy to share them!
so much love,
The GHC ::: Statement of Intent
From the moment the Grove House began its relationship with Pitzer, it has been an enduring symbol in the ever-changing landscape of the Claremont Consortium. We believe in the House’s potential to host responsible, radical, inclusive communities. The Grove House Committee provides structure and support to strengthen and care for the many facets of the House.
As friends, allys, intellectuals, and community members, we wish to remain both loving toward and critical of the house by continually appreciating and re-evaluating it. Our responsibility is to work toward making the House ever-more inclusive and attuned the needs to of a dynamic community.
As organizers, we hope to encourage critical thought, hospitality, and joy among our peers by offering a wide range of programming for the House. The Grove House Committee initiates a conscious balance of activities and supports all students in creating additional programming for this venue.
As advocates for the House, we aim to balance the Grove House’s use as a comforting home-space with its physical reality of being 110 years old. This requires active communication, including community meetings, dialogues with the administration, widespread outreach, and thoughtful, visible guidelines for responsible use of the space. Our goal is to be as transparent as possible about processes and programming relevant to the Grove House. We will use a wide range of creative tools to share this information.
As individuals we express our love for this symbol by respecting and caring for the Grove House and the communities that use it.