Purpose and Plan

Before setting out to form a COMMIT community it can be important to identify your purpose and aims in doing so. While much less formal than an official mission or vision statement, it can serve a similar purpose in helping you make decisions, set priorities, communicate about your community, and guide your structure.

This section has few direct answers, but will pose a lot of questions for you to consider as you get started. These questions are not just rhetorical; we encourage you to come up with preliminary answers to these questions before moving on, and to come back to them regularly. 

These questions could make a good brainstorming session for a new leadership team. We've provided two templates preloaded with these questions: 

Guiding questions

Reflect on Challenges and Opportunities

Reflect on Purpose and Plan

Case studies

The articles below describe how two different COMMITs came into being. They illustrate two possible paths to a community, and the possibilities of goals and guiding principles underlying such a community.

Sustainability: Planning

Think of these as initial visions and be open to evolution and change. As you read through the rest of the toolkit, come back to these questions.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Starting Principles and Questions

One of the Shared Principles of COMMIT communities is that each COMMIT community works to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in college mathematics teaching. This includes both

As you begin to plan your community, consider these reflective questions related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in your community: