Sierra College is a multi-campus, single college district, covering 2,478 square miles with both urban, suburban and rural communities. The Sierra Makerspaces project worked with the Nevada County Campus Executive Dean and campus librarian (an amazing quilt artist) to develop a micro textile lab in the library space in fall 2018. Sierra alumnus and Sierra Makerspaces team member, Naima, began offering community sewing classes in the lab this spring, with great success.
Naima says, “It’s been a total success, I have 7 machines (5 from the campus, one of mine and a student bringing hers). The class includes 3 faculty members, one student and 3 community members. The room is packed, I couldn’t take one more person. And I have 3-4 people on the waitlist. We are making a tote bag as a first project and we will probably make an apron as a second project for Mother’s Day.”
Sierra Makerspaces has discovered that these open, guided and project-based spaces are building a culture of inclusion and belonging for the campus environment. Relationships built around skill-building often result in other collaborations and interdisciplinary alliances.