We cultivate communities that serve, where the balance of being and doing is honored and the essence of healthy relationships to self, others, and the earth is sustained.
Our mission is the renewal of whole people who form the heart of whole organizations that are vital to sustaining whole communities.
We believe that renewal is an organic, ongoing process that enhances whole people, whole organizations, and whole communities. Our values sustain us and give life to our work.
CRWHE's predecessor organization-Center for Formation in the Community College [CFCC, 2001], which later became the Center for Formation in Higher Education [CFHE, 2006]-was launched by generous funding from the Fetzer Institute, sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College (League), and headquartered at the District Office of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). Since August 2008 CRWHE has been hosted at Richland College and is supported by the DCCCD and the League. Since its inception in 2001, CRWHE has prepared some 110 facilitators from more than 45 institutions of higher learning to help shape the whole-person/whole-organization cultures on their campuses.
The Chambered Nautilus stands as the emblem for the CRWHE: The chambered nautilus forms its shell and moves into progressively larger compartments as it grows. As each chamber is outgrown, the nautilus walls off its last chamber and lives in the latest and largest one. And yet it remains connected to the earlier chambers by a tube which pierces the walls. The nautilus navigates by exchanging gas and liquid through the tube. Like the nautilus, a person or [organization] ... is constantly growing, moving into new chambers, closing the door on the past. And yet not utterly. There is always a necessary connection to what we have been, an exchange with the past we use to steer our course ... [Renewal and wholeness help] us to build more stately mansions to live in, both as individuals and as institutions. The beautiful chambered nautilus is a fitting symbol of continuous growth, of a future that acknowledges and builds upon the past, of the outward manifestation of inner work.
The Dallas County Community College District has educated students and served area communities since 1965. Each of DCCCD'S seven colleges -- Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake, and Richland -- is individually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award certificates and associate's degrees. DCCCD serves more than 70,000 credit and 30,000 continuing education students each semester at its campuses and locations throughout Dallas County. DCCCD is the largest undergraduate institution in the state of Texas and, to date, has welcomed more than 1.5 million students who have pursued associate's degrees and certificates in more than 100 fields of study. Visit www.dcccd.edu for more information.
The League for Innovation
The League for Innovation in the Community College is an international organization dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement. The League hosts conferences and institutes, develops Web resources, conducts research, produces publications, provides services, and leads projects and initiatives with its member colleges, corporate partners, and other agencies in a continuing effort to make a positive difference for students and communities. Visit
www.league.org for more information.
Richland College of the Dallas County Community College District has focused on teaching, learning, and community building since 1972. Richland helps students build their future through courses that can be applied to the first two years of a baccalaureate degree, one- or two-year certificates in a number of career fields, and training in the latest technology for those who want to advance in their current careers. Richland's student body, some 17,000 college credit students and 5,000 continuing education students each semester, is internationally and ethnically diverse, representing more than 130 nations and more than 80 first languages.
The National Distinguished Advocates are a group of prominent college leaders who help inform, shape, and promote the vision, mission, values, and work of CRWHE.
Dr. Cynthia Bioteau, PresidentSalt Lake Community College
Dr. Jay Casbon, Professor of EducationOregon State University, Cascades Campus
Dr. Art Chickering, Author, Educator
Dr. Jackie Claunch, PresidentNorthwest Vista College,
Alamo Community College District
Dr. K. Patricia Cross, Professor Emerita,University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Gerardo de los SantosPresident & CEOLeague for Innovation in the Community College
Dr. Rufus Glasper, ChancellorMaricopa County Community College District
Mr. Guy GoodingDistrict Director of Staff &Organizational Development, RetiredDallas County Community College District
Dr. Sally Hare, Professor EmeritaCoastal Carolina University
Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Vice-ChancellorMaricopa County Community College District
Dr. Cynthia Heelan, Retired
College President and Consultant
Dr. Maria Hesse, Vice Provostfor Community College ServicesArizona State University
Dr. Wright Lassiter, ChancellorDallas County Community College District
Dr. Larry Litecky, PresidentCentury College
Dr. Joseph J. McGowan, PresidentBellarmine University
Dr. Cindy Miles, ChancellorGrossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
Dr. Mark Milliron,
Deputy Director, Higher EducationBill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dr. Steve Mittelstet, President Emeritus
Dr. Kay Eggleston, President
Dr. Terry O'BanionPresident Emeritus and Senior League FellowLeague for Innovation in the Community College
Dr. Juan Olivarez, President and CEOKalamazoo Community Foundation
Dr. Laura Rendón, Professor of EducationalLeadership and Policy Studies University of
Dr. Jackson Sasser, PresidentSanta Fe College
Dr. Sandy Shugart, PresidentValencia College
Dr. Mary Spilde, PresidentLane Community College
Mr. Bill Tucker,
CFCC Founding Mentor, RetiredDallas County Community College District
Dr. Alice Villadsen, President Emerita
Dr. Judy Witt,
Dean of Educational Leadership & ChangeFielding Graduate University