The Strands of Paideia®
Rigorous Academic Program requiring students to be more intentional about their courses and to make connections between them.
Engage in an Intercultural Experience that conveys a strong understanding of diversity and of another culture.
Gain a broad understanding of Leadership and how various leadership styles impact decision-making and group processes.
Perform Collaborative Research/Creative Works to produce an original work and understand the process of collaboration.
Participate in Service-Learning to derive the value of social citizenship and to strengthen mastery of in-class knowledge.
Connections: Paideia®s Strands & Southwesterns Core Purpose and Values
In weaving together the five strands of Paideia®, students actualize the Core Purpose and Values of Southwestern. In concert, the five strands embody the entirety of the Core Purpose of Fostering a liberal arts community whose values and actions encourage contributions toward the well-being of humanity. The rigorous academic strand of Paideia® and the call for collaborative/creative works promote the lifelong learning and a passion for intellectual and personal growth. Intercultural experiences give students a respect for the worth and dignity of persons. And, leadership activities help students in being true to ones self and others through personal interactions while service-learning encourages activism in the pursuit of justice.