Note: While learning/conversations are essential to the ICC Austin process, so too are concrete changes to policies and processes. These are noted in red as operation changes.

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10-Year Goals

August 1, 2026

In August 2016, the Board put forward  10-year goals: Known as a radically diverse and inclusive organization, committed to combating oppression and serving marginalized groups….

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5.5-Year Goals

August 1, 2022

In January 2017, the Board refined the existing 5-year goals, creating a new category of 5.5-year goals. The January 2017 updates are italicized. Develop and…

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3.5 Year Goals

August 1, 2020

The Board expanded on the August 2016 goals at the January 2017 Board retreat, updating and expanding the 3-5 year time horizon: Have at least…

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1.5 Year Goals

August 1, 2018

The Board expanded on the August 2016 goals at the January 2017 Board retreat, updating and expanding up on the 3-5 year time horizon: Display…

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1-Year Goals

August 1, 2017

In August 2016, the Board laid out three 1-year goals in improve economic accessibility. These goals were reviewed and reaffirmed in January 2017: Complete conversations…

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Board Ends Policy discussion and change

August 1, 2017

During the summer 2017, the Board continued (often contentious) discussions about who ICC Austin should be serving.  In the end, the Board re-affirmed ICC Austin the…

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6-Month Goals

May 1, 2017

In August 2016, the Board laid out two 6-month goals regarding economic accessibility. These goals were reviewed and reaffirmed in January 2017: Deepen understanding of…

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General Membership Meeting; further ICC Austin Board reflection; staff strategy changes

April 1, 2017

The General Membership Meeting theme is Changing ourselves: How far are you willing to go? Members really dug into a lot of difficult subject matter related…

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Committee for Combating Oppression: Radical next moves; Board monitors Ends Policy

March 1, 2017

Committee for Combating Oppression holds information swap event: Radical Next Moves. The event provides a linkage between external social justice organizations and ICC Austin –…

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Board Strategic Goal Evaluation

February 1, 2017

Board evaluates progress on Board Strategic Goals (February meeting minutes, scorecard and goals). The Board finds the evaluation process challenging.

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Board Goal Updates; Process Changes

January 1, 2017

Based on conversations throughout the fall 2016 (Board, committee, general membership meeting, and house conversations), the Board updates the Board Strategic Goals (updated Board Goals)….

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Board Social Justice Conversations: National Context

December 1, 2016

Many Board members attended NASCO Institute in November. The event was an opportunity to put the ICC Austin work towards social justice in perspective of…

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GMM Social Justice Conversations; Board Reflections on GMM

November 1, 2016

November 2016 The fall 2016 General Membership Meeting conversations focus on operational self-reflection, generating a lot of useful ideas and alignment. In particular, the group…

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Membership Application Process;GMM Structure

October 1, 2016

October 2016 New, simplified ICC Austin membership application designed to make the process less onerous to prospective members with limited time, goes live. – operational…

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Staff Training;Financial Aid Prioritization

September 1, 2016

September 2016 Anti-oppression training component introduced into semesterly House Officer Training summit: community “circles” (communication technique) – operational change Staff attended 3-day summit on Courageous…

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Staff Training; Economic Accessibility Goal

August 1, 2016

August 2016 ICC Austin staff attend the Health and Human Services Cross-Systems Summit on Equity. The takeaway from the event was how racial disparities (negative…

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Application Review; Definitions;Racial Inclusivity Open Letter

July 1, 2016

July 2016 Committee for Combating Oppression and staff identify three operational areas for work over the fall (review and redesign): Online application, online new member…

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Process Outline Developed

June 1, 2016

June 2016 Board reviews College Houses anti-oppression audit again (see October 2015) Anti-oppression training component introduced into semesterly House Officer Training summit: conflict mediation –…

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Developing Next Steps

May 1, 2016

May 2016 The Executive Coordination Committee (ECC) spends a lot of time thinking about the past conversations and work to develop a path forward so…

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Ends Policy Report Review;GMM Inclusivity Conversations

April 1, 2016

April 2016 The Board thinks about the Ends policy via a survey, particularly with respect affordability in general, affordability for whom, and what diversity actually…

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2nd Ends Policy Monitoring Report

March 1, 2016

March 2016 The Board reviews the new Ends Policy monitoring report. The Board discussions continue to emphasize diversity problems, but also bring attention to the…

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Business and Marketing Plan Updates

February 1, 2016

February 2016 Business plan updated to include goals and ideas generated by the Board and membership, including house identity/themes, anti-oppression strategies, sexual violence procedures, external…

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Anti-Oppression Training; Fall Board Conversations

January 1, 2016

January 2016 Anti-oppression training component introduced into semesterly House Officer Training summit: mental health training- operational change Staff provides Board with summary of fall Board…

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Equity Lunches; Marketing Plan;College Forward

December 1, 2015

December 2015 Monthly equity lunch “facing isms” dialogs did not gain any traction and are discontinued. – operational change Staff gives Board update on outreach…

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Open Letters; Committee for Combating Oppression

November 1, 2015

November 2015 Through a series of open letters to the ICC Austin Board and membership, the conversation shifts. The concept of prioritization based on economic…

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AORTA Training; GMM Discussions

October 1, 2015

October 2015 ICC Austin Board reviews the College Houses AORTA (anti-oppression) audit. Based on review of the College House anti-oppression audit, the Board begins discussions…

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AORTA Training; “Zine”; Anti-Oppression Training

September 1, 2015

September 2015 AORTA training held jointly with College Houses. Four ICC Austin members showed up (and 15 of 550 College Houses members). – operational change…

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Staff Training

August 1, 2015

August 2015 ICC Austin staff attend the Health and Human Services Cross-Systems Summit on Equity put on by the Center for Eliminating Disparities and Disproportionalities….

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Safe Space Training; Staff Update on Race; Anti-Oppression Training

June 1, 2015

June 2015 Safe space training added to New Member Orientations- operational change Board receives second  update from staff on race/diversity issues from March meeting Anti-oppression…

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Staff Training; First “Zine”

May 1, 2015

May 2015 ICC Austin staff attends Racial Justice Leadership Institute in Dallas. The conference provides staff with a good starting structure for thinking about race.-…

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Staff Updates on Race; GMM Diversity Discussions

April 1, 2015

April 2015 Board receives first update from staff on race/diversity issues from March meeting The General Membership Meeting theme:  Cooperation among Cooperatives and Concern for…

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First Ends Policy Monitoring Report

March 1, 2015

March 2015 – First Ends Policy monitoring report The Board reviewed the first ever Ends Policy monitoring report, which noted significant racial diversity problems. During…

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Conversations Halt; Education & Culture Committee Formed

January 1, 2015

January 2015 Board retreat focus on “Cooperation Among Cooperatives” principle with no discussion or mention of the past year of ongoing diversity conversation progress. This…

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Staff Training; GMM “Conversation” Format

November 1, 2014

November 2014 Staff conflict resolution training at UT Center for Professional Development. “Circles” techniques incorporated into member conflict mediator training. – operational change General Membership…

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“Democratic Conversations”; Anti-Oppression Training

September 1, 2014

September 2014 The Board begins to employ the “Democratic Conversation” model as the primary governance strategy. (i.e., the most important decisions are made by everyone…

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Diversity Discussions Continue; GMM Format Changes

April 1, 2014

April 2014 Per Board discussions regarding diversity over the spring, ICC Staff implements anti-oppression training, increased marketing budget, outreach plan development, and decreased pricing of…

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Initial Demographic Data

March 1, 2014

March 2014 The Board receives initial demographic data results (first view of some objective data)

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Ends Policy Approval; Diversity Problems Noted; Data Collection Begins

January 1, 2014

January 2014 The Board completes development of, and approves, the ICC Austin Ends Policy. The Board exits the governance transition period and begins using the…

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ICC Austin Governance Overhaul

May 1, 2013

May 2013 to January 2014 The ICC Austin Board transitions to a governance system in which the Board clearly articulates exactly what ICC Austin should…

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Inadequate Governance Structures Impede Progress

April 1, 2013

Prior to April 2013 The ICC Austin Board, and by extension the entire cooperative, was not in position to grapple with high-level, strategic topics in…

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