Anteater Café
Campus Conversations: Student Voices

November 13, 2018 • 5 PM
Pacific Ballrooms ABC | UCI Student Center

Student Feedback – Consolidated Report

Anteater Cafe student feedbackA consolidated version of student feedback and comments as recorded by eight students designated as scribes – one scribe in each of the café groups – and three professional staff taking notes. Download pdf »


What is the Anteater Café?

The Anteater Café, presented by New Narratives, is an educational model focused on engaging students to get actively involved in their own learning and shaping of Campus Climate. It provides a forum where students have the opportunity to get to know each other and delve into conversations that can make a difference in their Café, empower them as leaders on campus, and open up opportunities to make positive impacts on issues of equity, diversity and inclusion.

Through the Anteater Café, students learn and understand what campus climate means, how it affects perceptions, behaviors, relations and human dynamics of individuals, and how it shapes their own interactions with their peers, educators, campus community, nation and world. Through this intensely interactive and learning model, students begin to discover the power they have to SHAPE campus climate and not just be products of it. The Anteater Café is based on The World Café model which has been experienced by tens of thousands across the globe and celebrated as a dynamic educational tool.

Café conversations are founded on the assumption that people already have, within them, the wisdom and creativity to effectively address even their most difficult challenges. The format allows for every voice to be heard and shared. The powerful conversations that emerge can lead to significant change and a sense of empowerment and resolve to make an impact.

What is meant by ‘campus climate’?

Behaviors within a learning environment or workplace, ranging from subtle to cumulative to dramatic, can influence whether an individual feels personally safe, listened to, valued, and treated fairly and with respect. — Campus Climate Network Group (2002)

Campus climate is defined as “the current attitudes, behaviors and standards of faculty, staff, administrators and students concerning the level of respect for individual needs, abilities and potential.

Respect is one of the most critical words in this description. It’s not just the experience of individuals and groups on a campus; it's also the quality and extent of the interaction between those various groups and individuals that determines a healthy campus climate.” — UC Office of the President

Why does campus climate matter?

Numerous studies have concluded that how students experience their campus environment influences both learning and developmental outcomes, and that discriminatory environments have a negative effect on student learning. Quite simply, students thrive in healthy environments, free of the negativity of discrimination, where inclusion and respect for diversity is the daily norm. — UC Office of the President

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