Small group activities complement the plenary DUB seminar with opportunities to organize and participate in smaller and more focused activities and discussions with the DUB community. DUB has always been a grassroots organization, and small group activities aim to facilitate members of the community in connecting and engaging with each other.
We want to help promote the activities you want to see in the DUB community. As some examples of potential activities, we can imagine small group activities organized around:
This list of ideas is only intended to be suggestive, not exhaustive. Think of your own ideas. Small group activities are still new, but over time we aim to gather best practices for effective activities based on your experiences in this new structures. Please share your experiences.
Hosts of small group activities will need to secure whatever space is needed by the activity. If you are not sure how to go about reserving space, feel free to ask for some help.
DUB can help facilitate by providing pizza, but this needs to be arranged within a set of policies around food reimbursements and limited staff resources. We intend that participants will also generally supplement this by bringing their own lunches.
To get a pizza for an activity:
We expect most activities will occur during the DUB time (i.e., Wednesdays 12:00 to 1:30).
Some activities will benefit from additional time (e.g., a greater number of practice talks could be more comfortably scheduled across a longer period of time). Hosts of small group activities can use their judgment and should be sure to post the expected start and end times for an activity. Variations in timing may also prevent centralized coordination of pizza, in which case all participants will need to plan to bring their own lunches.
Any member of the DUB community can and should host an activity. A Google Doc is linked below, in which hosts can announce and organize activities and in which participants can RSVP.
Hosts should use the template that is included in that document to provide relevant information, including an event description, location, times, and any limit on the number of people who can participate (e.g., because of space limits, the format of the activity).
Participants should RSVP to at most one activity and attend the activity for which they RSVP. This is important for hosts to be able to plan, and for the coordination of pizza described above.
DUB small group activities for February 13, 2019 are being organized in this document: