Graduate Dispositions

CWC Graduate Dispositions

  • SELF UNDERSTANDING: Identifies and understands one’s emotions, thoughts and behaviors. Understands one’s passions, strengths and limitations.
  • SELF EFFICACY: Independent, disciplined and self-motivated. Consistently sets and achieves goals.
  • CRITICAL THINKING: Analyzes, evaluates and applies information to ask questions, develop ideas, construct arguments and solve problems. Considers multiple perspectives, both from the past and present, and analyzing situations.
  • ADAPTABILITY: At ease with ambiguity and the unknown, knowing that it is an important step to finding clarity. Open-minded and able to manage rapid, growth, change and disruption.
  • COMMUNICATION: Expresses ideas and thoughts through verbal, nonverbal and written communication.  Adjusts communication based on the purpose of the message, context and audience. Builds understanding by listening, asking questions, testing assumptions, and applying examples. Internalizes multiple viewpoints to inform communications.
  • COLLABORATION: Learns cooperatively with others to achieve a common or complimentary goal.  Encourages the contributions of others, through active listening, providing feedback and drawing on individual strengths. Responds to group dynamics, including issues of power and control.
  • CULTURAL COMPETENCY: Understands one’s own identity and story. Can initiate and build constructive relationships with others, across lines of difference. Understands issues of privilege and power, as well as one’s cultural norms and biases. Leads across diverse groups in different contexts, using an asset-based lens.
  • EMPATHY: Acts with kindness and compassion towards living and nonliving aspects of one’s environment. Senses how another feels, and can take another’s perspective.
  • SYSTEMS THINKING: Sees the connections and relationships between things (people, places and ideas) over time. Identifies and predicts complex patterns of behavior. Connects seemingly unrelated ideas to solve problems, innovate, and imagine new ways.
  • GLOBAL ADVOCACY: Evaluates issues from multiple perspectives and identifies the role one can play to promote change locally and in the world. Acts courageously, making sacrifices for the greater good. Works alongside others as global citizens to pursue justice with shared respect for human dignity.
  • LIFELONG LEARNING: Demonstrates curiosity and the desire to discover new things. Asks complex questions to develop understanding. Has deep and broad content knowledge.