April 2017

Full Participation

1 - Definition

An affirmative value focused on creating institutions that enable people, whatever their identity, background, or institutional position, to thrive, realize their capabilities, engage meaningfully in institutional life, and contribute to the flourishing of others (Sturm 2006, 2010).

2 - Resources

  • Full Participation: Building the Architecture for Diversity and Community Engagement in Higher Education
    • ‚Äč Includes reflections from Imagining America’s initiative: What in an institution is valued? Do people feel supported and respected? What activities count as important? What are the affects of institutional decisions and practices? Goals presented focus on mobilizing change and the conditions that enable people in different roles to flourish.
  • Heifer International’s “Full Participation” Approach to Ending Hunger and Promoting Ownership 
    • “Empowerment has its roots in participation. By participating in a group, people gain confidence, as well as a mature understanding of the issues and the commitment necessary to choose to do something as a group to improve their situation and the conditions around them.”
  • “No Ceilings”: The Clinton Foundation’s Full Participation Project
    • At the 1995 UN World Conference on Women, 189 nations agreed to an ambitious Platform for Action that called for the “full and equal participation of women in political, civil, economic, social and cultural life.”