Tearing Down Walls and Becoming a Team: Removing Apprehension, Building New Cohesive Units, and Creating Access & Engagement for Students

We often talk about breaking down silos; sometimes it literally takes tearing down the walls.  In this session, we will share how a major renovation project provided the opportunity to build stronger teams, increase collaborations among staff, and create a vibrant student success and learning commons for our students.  As with most construction projects, there were bumps along the way and hard hats were needed to avoid potentially falling objects and the occasional jabs of “this will never work,” but the punch lists have been completed, the teams are thriving, and the students love it.