iConnect

How to Pledge

The Pledge enrollment is simple.

You do:

  1. Visit a designated enrollment area (President's office front desk, Mariposa Hall faculty office area.)
  2. Sign your name to the pledge roster.

You get:

  • Pledge card with 3 attached Report cards.
  • Pledge pen.

You connect:

  1. Remove the Report Cards along the perforated edges.
  2. Sign your Pledge card.
  3. Display your Pledge card at your work area.
  4. When you make an intentional connection, use a report card to document what happened.
  5. Drop your completed Report Card in a designated iConnect drop box (locations include - President's office, SWSC, Mariposa Hall, Komatke Hall, CTL.)

That's it!

Use the Pledge to connect with your colleagues:

  • If you see a Pledge card displayed, use the Pledge as an opportunity to start a conversation.
  • If you notice a colleague with a Pledge card, ask about their connections.

Need more reasons to connect or looking for ways to connect?

  • Click "Reasons to Connect" for the intangible benefits of the pledge.
  • Click "Making Connections" for suggestions about how to connect.

Connecting with other people is a common occurrence in our daily lives. When we extend our reach beyond our comfort zone, important things happen:

  • When connections are made, people believe they can be successful. Personal connections help contribute to an individual's sense of self-worth and confidence in their abilities.
  • When a person feels valued, she/he becomes more satisfied with college and work experiences. Increased satisfaction leads to greater personal and institutional success.
  • Initiating meaningful relationships fosters a culture of learning, caring and accomplishment. These experiences can help contribute to personal growth.
  • Developing relationships impacts your sphere of influence; people will engage with you if you start engaging with them. Friendships often begin with a simple "hello".
  • Everyone contributes to the environment. Creating and cultivating any type of community depends upon personal engagement. Each of us has the ability to make a difference.
  • Quality interaction contributes to better mental health. Giving and receiving feedback from others helps us feel better about what we are doing. It is human nature to want to be acknowledged.

Sometimes we forget that connecting with someone is a simple as making eye contact, smiling, speaking someone's name, and saying "Hello." By taking the iConnect Pledge, you become more intentional with everyday interactions. Suggestions for connecting:

  • Assist a student - say hello, help find a class and/or direct a student to the right resources. Helping students in an unfamiliar environment eases the stress and helps students feel as if they belong to the college community.
  • Become a Mentor in Engage Estrella - E2! Mentoring comes in many formats and E2 is structured to accommodate all schedules.
  • Start a conversation with a new student or employee. Ask how they like their classes or their new job.
  • Meet with an employee/department outside your assigned work area. Learn more about how they contribute to student success.
  • Invite and join a student or other employee to a campus event or training. Events happen regularly - CTL and EOLT workshops - and have annual sponsorships - Student Conference, Student Success Conference, Poetry Slam.
  • Join a campus committee (e.g. Day of Learning, Hispanic Heritage Month, Women's History) and become involved in planning and organizing the events.
  • Learn more about a campus office or program. Share the information with a student.

If you think of other activities or ways to connect, please submit your ideas!