How much effort does it take to develop, launch and maintain a CIRCLE?
We recommend that launching a CIRCLES group not be an individual effort, but something with unit/organizational support.
You'll want one trained group facilitator per 5 group participants, generally. Groups work best when they have between 8 - 12 participants.
Depending on the size of your group and how formal you need its structure to be, your group might also require administrative support for maintenance of group rosters and data, communication to participants, participant and facilitator recruitment, and facilitator selection and training.
Facilitators are responsible for developing or facilitating development of discussion topics, convening group meetings, and leading/moderating discussion.
What does group membership look like?
In the CIRCLES framework, groups may be either open (participants are free to join whenver and as often as they wish) or closed (group is by invitation-only or by application, and members are encouraged to attend each meeting).
What support does the Graduate College provide?
We provide initial consultation and can work with you to develop your group mandate. We also have informational powerpoint templates for recruitment use and a Canvas-based training module that outlines facilitator expectations and provides a template and sample activities for the first group meetings.