Webinar: Five Keys to Promoting Diverse Students' Sense of Belonging, March 31

by Michelle Saport  |   

Tuesday, March 31, 10-11:30 a.m. Rasmuson Hall, Room 303

We know that college students who feel a sense of belonging on campus are significantly more likely to adjust to higher education, stay through the first-year of college, engage in campus clubs and activities, perform well academically and persist to graduation. (Oh, and they even become supportive alumni who give back their time and money long after graduation.)

All students want to feel cared about, respected, connected and safe in college-this is the core essence of sense of belonging. Sense of belonging is a basic human need, sufficient to drive human behavior, and it takes on heightened importance in contexts such as college campuses where some individuals are vulnerable to social alienation or marginalization. But not all students find a sense of belonging in college and many face barriers to belonging and success.

In this webinar, Terrell Strayhorn, Ph.D., author of College Students' Sense of Belonging: A Key to Educational Success, presents an operational definition of belonging that participants can remember and use in their daily work with students. Core elements of his belonging theory will be summarized, especially belonging's three dimensions. The balance of time will provide five key strategies for promoting belonging in college, especially for historically underrepresented students, and steps for devising actions plans for improving belonging, campus climate and student success for all.

After attending this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Understand the operational definition of belonging and success;
  • Identify empirically based strategies for promoting belonging in college;
  • Devise a plan of action for next steps about improving belonging, campus climate and how it can be funded.

Open to all UAA staff and faculty. Sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs. Webinar will be broadcast 10-11 a.m. and followed by a 30-minute group discussion.

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