Two years ago, the College undertook a self-study on “Learning, Working, and Living Outcomes” at Swarthmore. This study captured our strengths; it also revealed the desire for more spaces on campus that facilitate socialization, active learning, and community-building, as has the subsequent work of the Self Study Action Committee and Re-imagining the Student Experience: A Visioning Exercise. We are committed to creating an environment where our students, faculty, and staff not only live, learn, and work, but also thrive in each of these endeavors.
In response to what we learned, we have formed the Dining Hall and Community Commons Space Programmatic Committee. A revitalized dining hall and central commons space has the potential to foster meaningful connections among students, strengthen relationships between students, staff, and faculty, and sustain learning beyond the classroom. This spring, the committee will begin the work of envisioning how to bring such a space to the heart of campus.
Over the next year and a half, the committee will take on three interrelated goals. Firstly, they will evaluate and prioritize community needs for dining and gathering on campus. With that knowledge, they will next begin to determine what type of space or spaces might be needed. Lastly, they will investigate the operational requirements of the proposed facility or facilities. Central to this work will be an exploration of the following key questions:
How will this space foster connection, collaboration, and resource-sharing among students and between students, faculty, and staff?
How will this space be welcoming for, inclusive of, and accessible to all members of our community?
How will this space embody Swarthmore’s commitment to sustainable environmental practices?
This project presents a unique and important opportunity to enrich life at the College. If done right, it will result in a vital addition to our campus, one that will enrich the lives of our community members and provide new opportunities for us to learn from and connect with one another.
Below is a list of those faculty, staff, and students who have agreed to serve on the committee.
We will continue to keep you informed of the committee’s progress in the coming months, and you can feel free to reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any input or questions along the way.
Executive Director, Auxiliary Services
Dining Hall and Community Commons Space Programmatic Committee Members
Chair: Anthony Coschignano, Executive Director, Auxiliary Services
Liz Braun, Dean of Students
Greg Brown, Vice President of Finance and Administration
Linda McDougall, Director, Dining Services
Andrew Barclay, Assistant Director, Dean’s Office
Karen Borbee, Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach
Ali Craig, Senior Associate Director, Volunteers
Mark Dumic, Director, Networking and Telecommunications
Randall Exon, Sara Lawrence Lightfoot Professor of Studio Art
Rachel Head, Assistant Dean and Director for Student Engagement
Brenna Heintz, Assistant Dean of Admissions
Jeff Jabco, Director of Grounds and Coordinator of Horticulture
Emma Kassan '20
Jonathan Kriney '20
Jack McGowan, Facilities Management
Chip Proctor, Manager of Administration, Environmental Services
Rabbi Michael Ramberg, Jewish Student Advisor
Alexandra Sastre '05, Communications
Claire Sawyers, Director, Scott Arboretum
Jan Semler, Director, Capital Planning and Project Management
Sam Smemo, Associate Director for Operations, Public Safety
Michael Hill, Director, Public Safety
Susan Smythe, ADA Program Manager and Senior Project Manager
Aurora Winslade, Director, Sustainability
Adora Zhang '21