This is the first entry in our blog series, "Three Theme Questions with..." Throughout the year, our Scholars faculty and staff across programs will share their responses to three questions around our 2018–19 annual theme, "Migrations: Populations and Practices on the Move." The questions typically will focus on resources program directors are using for their colloquia.
Community is at the heart of the Scholars experience. We lay the foundation for students’ time with Scholars and on campus through a series of annual traditions during their first week as college students. Building strong relationships, serving the greater community and learning about ways to get involved in and out of the classroom are all essential building blocks for a strong community—as well as a successful transition to college.
College Park Scholars has been coordinating an annual theme for each of the past few years. It’s a chance for students across our community to come together to engage in a shared intellectual experience. Whether it’s trash—our theme from the 2015–2016 academic year—power or something else, we take on a complex, multifaceted problem, work to understand its causes and impacts, and discuss how we might address it with thoughtfulness and creativity.