The Beginning Arc: Establishing Foundations describes the challenges and dynamics typical of the remainder of the beginning stage of the semester, approximately weeks 2 to 4, and presents strategies to meet these challenges and advance student learning. We consider “What is happening with students, class dynamics, and faculty” in this stage as students begin to grapple intellectually and emotionally with the framing of foundational topics while attempting to manage their self-presentation to others in the class. We examine the psychological processes behind these intrapsychic and interpersonal dynamics, applying cognitive dissonance, system justification, and group formation theories. We offer strategies to effectively negotiate these dynamics and maintain student learning through engaging three emotional and relational processes: cultivating reflexivity and exploration of positionality; engaging emotions; and promoting community and relational learning. At this point in the course, strategies focus on complicating what students think they know, creating space for emotions, and actively building trust and a sense of community. We also provide strategies for faculty self-care during this time, focusing particularly on managing anxiety related to student responses, taking the long perspective toward the arc of the course, seeking out community, and managing workload. The chapter concludes with Reflection Questions for faculty to explore how this chapter may apply to readers’ particular styles and contexts, inviting faculty to consider their emotional and personal responses, and make active choices about application. Additional resources related to the specific chapter content are also included.