Our team (the Racial Injustice Issue Group) is comprised of seven people, including our Teaching Assistant, with similar life experiences, leadership styles, and moral compasses. From my perspective, these similarities are a large part of why our group clicked not only as colleagues but also as friends from the inception of our relationship. Another large reason that we connected was because of our differences. These niche and nuanced aspects of our personalities are what allow us to gently correct and encourage each other both academically and socially.
One challenge we faced was building trust. Although we definitely had and maintained trust, — think trusting that your teammates will do the work they are assigned, trusting that your teammates have the best intentions, trusting that your teammates are working towards the goals agreed upon by the team — as our dynamic shifted with the full addition of a new team member during the spring semester, we had to deepen that trust. We did so successfully and were all the better for it, as evidenced by the completion of our extremely effective Social Action Project.