What is the Sauvignon CommUNITY Cooperative
We believe it is a privilege to live in the Sauvignon CommUNITY as a freshman; therefore, it comes with the additional responsibility of participating in its own uniquely designed residential program. Freshmen living in Sauvignon Village are required to participate in either the Sauvignon CommUNITY Cooperative (Co-op) Program or the FYE Program.
The Sauvignon CommUNITY Co-op Program was designed to foster within each resident a sense of pride, investment, and a desire to contribute positively within their living environment. Students choosing to live in the Sauvignon CommUNITY will be required to participate as a member of one of four Co-op Teams. The residents of the Sauvignon CommUNITY, with the assistance of the Co-op Team Leaders, will help to create, plan, and implement programs for their building community. These programs will be focused on their Co-op Team Area. Sauvignon CommUNITY residents will have the unique opportunity to interact and work closely with Co-op Team Leaders and Community Service Advisors.
Why Choose the Co-op Program?
- The Co-op program is a GREAT way to:
- Meet and connect with people
- Live with people who have similar interests as your own
- Be a part of a close community
- Become familiar and connected with University resources
- Gain knowledge and experiences in an area in which you are interested
- Explore and not be tied to academic classes
Co-op Team Areas
• Academic Success: This community will help its members ease their transition into college by providing resources to students on academic advising, tutoring, study skills, etc. It will challenge students to explore their academic options at Sonoma State University as well as learn about the many major and career options that are available to them.
• Life Skills: Residents who choose this community will learn about life's basic skills. Some topics may include time-management, balancing finances, and how to cook. Members will then teach these basic life skills to their fellow community members.
• Mind, Body, Spirit: This community will focus on the different characteristics of a healthy lifestyle. Students choosing to join this community will learn about the importance of overall health and well-being as well as commit to creating a community that supports and maintains a physically, emotionally, and spiritually balanced lifestyle. Members of this community will agree to a community contract that supports an environment that is free of illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco products.
• Sustainability: This community brings together residents who are interested in learning about, and promoting, environmentally sustainable living. Members of this community will explore many different topic areas that include energy and water conservation, waste reduction, and recycling. Residents will also engage in sustainable service opportunities.
Core StructureMembers of this program will be housed in a building that will have its own designated Co-op Team(s). Students who participate in this program will have the unique opportunity to interact and work closely with Co-op Team Leaders and Community Service Advisors (CSAs). Co-op Team Leaders and CSAs are student leaders who provide personal support for individual students in their residential community. They also create a sense of belonging for the residents through coordinating and implementing a variety of social and educational programs. Members of this program will be working closely with their Co-op Team Leader to help plan and implement programs that are focused around their specific Co-op Team Area for their building community.
- Attend all building meetings
- Attend monthly Co-op Team Meetings
- Help create, plan, and implement an event focused around their Co-op Team Area each semester for their community
- Attend two Co-op programs within their building community each semester