What is the Quest?
The Minerva Quest, founded in August 2015, is the independent, student-produced news source and publishing platform for the Minerva Schools community and all interested readers. We do not receive any funding or direct support from Minerva Schools. We are effectively the student newspaper.
Who runs the Quest?
The Quest is maintained by a small team of student managers who volunteer their time to support student content contributors and maintain our website and other logistical tasks. The Quest’s articles and multimedia content are created by student contributors in their free time. While we provide very modest financial rewards to some contributors, most students who work for the Quest receive no monetary or academic compensation. As such, the Quest’s content and overall operations are contingent on the interests and level of commitment of current Minerva students. We cannot cover every Minerva-related story that deserves to be published or follow-up on every logistical task. If you are a Minerva student who sees an area of improvement in the Quest’s operations or content, we encourage you to reach out to us and potentially get involved!
The Quest’s Mission:
The Quest’s utmost priority is to serve the Minerva student community by providing journalistic information and a platform for student voice and critical engagement. Specifically, we:
- Fill information gaps in the Minerva student community. This includes sharing useful information about Minerva Schools and the rotation cities; investigating issues within Minerva that are relevant to students; seeking out and reporting on the perspectives of students, alumni, and Minerva employees; and hosting student-only reviews of Minerva Schools courses and faculty members. We believe the Quest completes an essential “trinity” needed for a healthy community, of Minerva administration and staff, student government (Associated Students of Minerva), and student media. The ASM formally represents the student body to Minerva and holds it accountable, and the Quest aims to hold the ASM and Minerva accountable.
- Provide a platform for Minerva student voice. This includes supporting students in sharing their experiences within the Minerva community; and providing a public platform for student assignments and creative work.
- Promoting understanding and connection within the Minerva community. This includes encouraging cross-class interaction via internal Quest collaboration and the cross-class vlogs; remaining particularly invested in serving the needs of socially marginalized groups in the student community (including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students, students from outside the US and western Europe, and lower income students) and investing in amplifying their voices (a commitment we attempt to nurture as part of all previously stated goals); and sharing profiles of Minerva employees and students to increase awareness of the human stories behind email and Forum interactions.
The Quest’s Intended Audience:
The Quest is a student-centered publication. We place the needs of Minerva students first and prioritize information that will help us and our peers navigate our four years at Minerva. “Students” includes prospective students, who can use the Quest as a source of information when determining whether to enroll at Minerva, and former students, who use the Quest to stay up-to-date on school news. The Quest also writes for Minerva employees and administrators as a source of information about student experiences and opinions on the school. Finally, the Quest writes for stakeholders in the Minerva community who are not students or employees, including parents and civic partners.
While English is the operating language of the Quest and Minerva Schools, the Quest’s audience includes many individuals who do not speak English as their native language. We are therefore open to publishing articles in any language as long as they adhere to the content guidelines and editing process described below.
Minerva Schools at KGI is a new university founded in 2013 in San Francisco, which aims to provide an innovative, global liberal arts education based on the science of learning and prepare its students for a globalizing world. Students spend their first year in San Francisco and then a semester each in Seoul, Hyderabad, Berlin, Buenos Aires, London, and Taipei. Currently, Minerva consists of roughly 450 students in the Classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021. The student body is incredibly diverse, with over 60 countries represented and no country comprising more than 25% of the student body. In addition to our University news section, you can read more about Minerva on its website, in multiple (dated) news articles (The Atlantic, New York Times, PBS Newshour) and on Wikipedia.