Distilled thoughts bubble to the surface during our meetings. We meet weekly at 8 am on WebEx to share ideas, move project planning along, and discuss whatever arises. Everybody is welcome: faculty, students, staff, and community members across disciplines.

Below are some thoughts that have risen to the surface, in the form of bubbles or ‘eddy haiku…’

October 27, 2021

Rather than a bbq…

bring something

that was made…

Comfort atmosphere


deep listening

to go a step deeper

holding a container


October 21, 2021

I am the color

on your canvas

October 13, 2021

Create the conditions for flow

at a time when existing structures

start crumbling

October 6, 2021

co-create spaces of

co-struggleship where harm

is reduced in the creation of a new

September 22, 2021

Naive (see with fresh eyes)

and Beautiful (ambitious yet actionable)

September 15, 2021 Sojourner Truth Statue Letter

Truth and justice seeking
Reclaiming voice and narrative
Protesting erasure

Inclusion lacking

Exclusion exhibits harm
Healing takes new paths

September 9, 2021 ULAB

Clarifying our roles

Inviting stakeholders in

To co-create change

Preparing our space
Circling in community

Seeding intentions

June 10, 2021

Seeking deeper bonds
Between students and teachers
Cultivating care

Imagining futures
Collaborative building

April 6, 2021

A bit tired, intimidated

isolated farm animals

tightly controlled

Ingest some wild spirit

a group of gazelles

March 30, 2021

A sensing journey experience with a student

Nobody had asked her anything about herself…

anonymous… lost

Collaborative, community

big groups, small groups

sit together

Plans, veggy garden

native plants, pollinator plants


Van Gogh’s birthday today

The sky in starry night

is an eddy

March 16, 2021 ULAB

Learn from students

Start from students

Heart and core

Destructive quality of first model

Understand things as a continuum

not polarized

Powerful shift

when we see ourselves as learners

not customers

Flow with students’ interest

Students were not thinking about hierarchy

Learn with us

Interview, listen!!!

In groups, sense where the tensions there are

Be a holding place…for what is going on.

So many we don’t know,

what they care about

we need to capture these resonances

Labyrinth. To go be quiet.
Fire pits for campus!
Game places.

Re-imagine space between buildings.

Terraced. Labyrinth. Zen garden.
Ping pong table
Circular seating area

March 2, 2021 ULAB

Our community, shackled

a beautiful dragon

eyes down

If that being could talk: what would it say (to us)?

Take those shackles off

look at me

let me dance

February 18, 2021

Eddy is a metaphor
For a new instutition
A belonging place (not container)

Showcase community
Build community
Feel it

Write with walnut ink
Slow down and disrupt daily routines
Power of a daily gesture

February 16, 2021

Empathize with students

Stakeholder interviews

Sensing Journeys

February 2, 2021

Slowing into stillness

Dropping into our hearts
Envisioning futures

Asking critical questions

To guide our co-creation

Of just systems of care

January 26, 2021

Slowing to listen deeply

Sensing emerging futures
Seeding justice and care

Prototyping new systems

Grounded in awareness

Of interconnection

January 15, 2021 ULAB

Seeking to uplift
All voices in this place
Cultivating care

Imagining systems

That empower and include
Just transformations

January 10, 2021

Seeking shared vision
Community building spaces
Nurturing connections

Emerging synergy
Between sustainability
And social justice

January 5, 2021 ULAB

Seeking authentic voices

Listening deeply to emerge

Co-creating care

Crystallizing values

Envisioning just futures
Prototyping ideas

December 29, 2020 ULAB

Seeking deeper bonds
Cultivating care and trust
Envisioning change

Generative listening
Crystallizing intentions
Prototyping futures

December 22, 2020 ULAB

Seeking authentic trust
Presencing emerging futures
Seeding our Eddy

Listening deeply
Crystallizing intentions

Prototyping systems

December 14, 2020

Chaos into order
Eddies swirling, embracing
Disrupting the flow

Learning adventure
Outside the boxes and norms
Cultivating care

September 30, 2020

Seeking shared vision
Community building spaces
Nurturing connections

Emerging synergy
Between sustainability
And social justice

September 5, 2020

Police need changing
Black studies calls for justice
Unity in activism

Seeking true justice
Through scholarship and teaching
Creating new visions