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Supporting WPI through Effective and Equitable Teamwork

The SWEET Center is dedicated to Supporting WPI through Effective and Equitable Teamwork. Our goal is to ensure that every WPI student has at least one highly effective and equitable team experience before they graduate, and that they leave with skills and tools to increase their own ability to collaborate effectively in teams throughout their careers.  The Center provides support and consultation for the teamwork that is at the heart of WPI’s project-based curriculum. Individual students, student teams, and faculty and staff can bring questions and problems related to their teamwork to the SWEET Center and can get support and guidance from staff, faculty, and peer facilitators. Faculty can refer student teams for a consultation, or teams and individuals can seek assistance on their own.

As part of The Global School at WPI, the SWEET Center brings together experts on teamwork from across campus and beyond, creating space for partnerships with students, faculty, and staff that support high-quality teamwork experiences for all WPI students.

Through the SWEET Center, WPI students, faculty, and staff can:

  • Seek resources to propel their teams forward into deeper, more meaningful collaboration
  • Seek individual and team consultation
  • Obtain support for project advising to improve team performance

SWEET Fellowship Program

After a very successful inaugural year, we are delighted to announce that we are currently recruiting students, faculty, staff, and alumni for the 2021-22 class of the SWEET Fellowship Program! We are gathering a dynamic class of SWEET Fellows to help support effective and equitable teamwork in WPI’s project-based curriculum in the coming year. Please use the form below to nominate a student, a colleague, an alumnus, or yourself for this unique opportunity! If you have any questions about the program, or would like to speak to a Fellow about their experience, please reach out to sweetcenter@wpi.edu.

Nominate a SWEET Fellow  

Offerings

Individual and Team Consultations are offered by SWEET fellows who are WPI students, staff, faculty, and alumni with lots of project and teamwork experience, and additional training from WPI experts on effective and equitable teamwork. All SWEET Center offerings are available for free to WPI undergraduate and graduate students.

Individual Consultations

Do you have ideas for how your team can improve your performance, but you’re not sure how to introduce them? Is your team having difficulty collaborating? Would you like to talk about your teamwork experience with someone who has been through their IQP and MQP already? The SWEET Center hosts drop-in office hours via Zoom each week for WPI students seeking assistance with their teamwork. Whether you are dealing with a challenging teamwork issue, or are looking to take your teamwork from good to great, we can help! Come to one of our drop-in hours to talk with a SWEET fellow about what’s going on in your team. Join us on Zoom: https://wpi.zoom.us/j/93734483938 during the following days/times in D21:

Monday               11am-1pm, 4-5pm, 6-7pm
Tuesday              1-3pm, 4-5pm, 6-7pm
Wednesday         1-2pm, 4-5pm, 6-7pm
Thursday            1-3pm, 4-5pm, 6-7pm
Friday                  11am-3pm

Team Consultations

Team Consultations are a great way to re-focus the energy of a team. The consultation is facilitated by a SWEET staff member or fellow, and provides a space for teams to talk candidly about the challenges they are facing and set goals for the remainder of their collaboration. Team Consultations typically take a total of ~2 hours. The first hour-long meeting is spent talking initially with the entire team, and then individually with each team member about how the team is functioning. We then meet again within a week to discuss themes that came up in the individual conversations, steps that individuals within the team can take, and we help the team to develop goals and an action plan. The process is developmental in nature, and we seek to have the team create and own the solutions, with our facilitators guiding the process. Students receive a written summary of the consultation that they may opt to share with their faculty. Please reach out to sweetcenter@wpi.edu to make an appointment.

Performance Coaching

Student teams that have participated in a Team Consultation and have found it beneficial have the opportunity to continue to work with a SWEET fellow facilitator on a weekly or bi-weekly basis during their project term. Contact sweetcenter@wpi.edu for more information.

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Class photo for the SWEET Fellowship Training Course 2020-2021
November 16, 2020