Participatory Governance Academy

The Participatory Governance Academy is the culmination of years of faculty, staff, and administrative efforts seeking ways to help Miramar's committees function at their best. The two primary goals driving this work are to achieve: 1) optimally functioning committees, and 2) effective committee integration with and communication to the greater campus. While the target audience for this academy is Committee Chairs, everyone who serves or wants to serve on a committee will likely benefit from the workshop. This website was created to house materials that committee chairs and other members might find beneficial. If you have ideas for a future PGA, please contact any of the Fall 2023 contributors: Pablo Martin, Malia Kunst, Carmen Carrasquillo, or Carol Sampaga.

This website also serves as the "clearing house" for materials related to College Governance Handbook Revisions being proposed during the 2023-24 academic year.

College Governance Handbook Revisions, 2023-24:

Please contribute to the Padlet for Feedback throughout this process


  • The CGH Review Workgroup will be asking for input and providing updates throughout the Fall Semester​
  • We're hosting a Committee Chairs Appreciation Round Table from 1-2 PM on 11/15/23 to both recognize the great work Chairs do and to get their input on ways to improve and streamline our governance structure
  • Noting that the CGH is a living document, our goal is to complete the revised CGH by 12/16/23
  • Provide a revised CGH to all constituent groups to review at the beginning of Spring Semester​
  • Approve the revised CGH by the end of Spring Semester​ for implementation in Fall 2024 

Open Forum #1  (10/19/23) - The "Why"


PGA Resources


PGA Fall 2023 (August 18, 2023):

  1. Video Recording of the Academy (unlisted on YouTube--i.e. only available through this link)
  2. Fall 2023 Participatory Governance Academy (a PDF version of the slideshow with functional hyperlinks)
  3. Tracked Changes to CGH Spring 2023 (a PDF version of the CGH with changes to the previous version highlighted)
  4. Guiding Principles for Committee Work (including primers on the Brown Act, Robert's Rules of Order, and collegiality)


Past Participatory Governance Academies

Fall 2022:

  1. Participatory Governance Academy (a PDF version of the slideshow with links)
  2. Guiding Principles for Committee Work (including links to the College Governance Handbook as well as primers on the Brown Act, Robert's Rules of Order, and collegiality)
  3. Roberts Rules of Order Cheat Sheet
  4. If you are a committee chair and would like a copy of "Robert's Rules of Order SparkCharts (Volume 61)," a hardcopy is available for you at the VPI's Office

If you have ideas for an upcoming or future Participatory Governance Academy or wish to contact the workshop leads: Paul "Pablo" Martin, Malia Kunst, Carmen Carrasquillo (Jay), and Carol Sampaga.