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. 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 within their communities.
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.