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Supporting 1st and 2nd Year Student Success Program

Introduction

While we all welcome the return to our campuses in the Fall 2021 semester, it is widely expected that the pandemic and its attendant isolation will continue to affect students through at least the Fall semester. Students will be re-entering the academic world after many months of isolation, stress, uncertainty, and in some cases, personal trauma and grief. In addition, many students will have experienced less than optimal learning conditions and, therefore, may be less prepared for college-level work than would be the case in normal circumstances. 


While the range and variety of issues facing students in the Fall will be idiosyncratic and to some extent unpredictable, we can expect that issues of academic preparedness and mental health and wellness, which UW Oshkosh students encounter in any year, will be even more severe and widespread in the transition from isolation. In addition, issues of equity will be even more pronounced, as the effects of the pandemic have heightened experiences of inequities for individuals who have been structurally excluded. We intend to be as well prepared as possible to recognize these issues, to attend to them pro-actively, and to provide students, staff and faculty with as much support as possible to navigate these issues successfully. In order to achieve these goals, this project will focus on first-semester and 2nd-year students, though the effects of these efforts will be felt throughout the UW Oshkosh community.


Program Details and Stipend Information


Day 1: Equity

Higher education is and has always been inequitable. The Covid-19 pandemic has only further compounded these inequities with heightened disparities for students with disabilities, first generation students, and students of color. Altogether, across all three sessions, we'll reimagine together what an Equity University means and the action steps by which we can create it.

Session 1: Creating an Equity University: From Data and Theory into Practice

This session will examine the impacts of covid in higher education, our own institutional inequities, and the importance of reestablishing student trust in higher education.
July 22nd, 2021  9:00 - 10:00 AM
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Session 2: Taking Action on Becoming an Equity University

This session will be a conversation on reflection and action across our various positionalities. Facilitators will lead breakout sessions with audience members to create a set of action steps with shared accountability across our institution. These solutions will be made available after the workshop.

July 22nd, 2021  10:05 - 10:55 AM

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Session 3: Compassionate Care for the Whole Student

This session will be a conversation on reflection and action across our various positionalities. Facilitators will lead breakout sessions with audience members to create a set of action steps with shared accountability across our institution. These solutions will be made available after the workshop.

July 22nd, 2021   11:00 AM - Noon

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Day 2: Campus Preparedness to Support Students' Academic Success

Session 1: Toward a Transformed Vision of Contemplative Education Centering Social Justice

Laura I. Rendón is Professor Emerita at the University of Texas-San Antonio. Her presentation will focus on the topics of student success, the assets that students who have been structurally excluded from higher education bring to campus, evidence-based best practices that increase student engagement and success, and sensing/thinking deep learning experiences.
July 29, 2021 9:00 - 10:00 AM
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Session 2: The Impact of Assessment on Student Success

Assessment is an integral part of the learning process. This panel will provide insights into the many facets of how student success is dramatically influenced by how students are graded, how already established resources like Early Alert can be used to support students, and how as a university community we can design an environment in which all students can be successful.
July 29, 2021  10:05 - 10:55 AM
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Session 3A: Preparedness in Reading, Writing, and Math: Supporting Our Students and Changing Ourselves

This session will help attendees answer the question "What do I need to know about preparedness in reading, writing, and math so that I can best support students?" The goal will be to provide new ideas for building scaffolding and realistic expectations into classes, providing resources and support to students, and working to bolster a campus culture in which we see every student as headed for success and make it our job to ensure they can be.
July 29th, 2021  11:05 - 11:55 AM
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Session 3B: Growth Messaging: Communicating a Growth Mindset to Our Students

Psychologist Carol Dweck originally coined the term “growth mindset” to describe the way our beliefs about learning affect the outcomes. People tend to believe either that traits like intelligence are fixed or that they can be developed over time. This session will review how mindset practices can provide a foundation for equity in education and mediate difficult transitions and suggest changes in everyday communication on campus that can foster student perseverance and begin to normalize help seeking behaviors.
July 29th, 2021  11:05 - 11:55 AM
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Day 3: Mental Health

Session 1: Mental Health Journey of the Student Through the Pandemic

This workshop will focus on the challenges students, faculty, and staff faced navigating the pandemic. Through a journey and exploration of the challenges experienced, it will focus on what we learned about ourselves and what we learned about others, what skills we will take with us and what we will put down, and how we can relate all of this to the student journey. This workshop will also focus on the collective and individual trauma that has been part of this time, such as loss, racial reckoning, interpersonal violence, financial impacts, and increased mental health symptoms
June 30th, 2021 9:00 - 10:00 AM
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Session 2: What would you do?

Understanding the lived experience of our students is an important first step before we can effectively serve them. This workshop will focus on amplifying the experience of students who navigate UWO’s campus through case studies, role-playing, and discussion.

June 30th, 2021  10:05 - 11:00 AM
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Session 3: WHO Am I Missing and HOW Are They Hurting?

Who/How/Why are we missing the invisible students on our campus? This workshop will center UWO’s invisible and most vulnerable populations through a mental wellness lens. Participants will participate in discussions regarding identifying, relating, and supporting all students, by learning to build the capacity of trust between students, faculty, and professional staff. Participants will be called to action to have a personal agency to welcome all students through a lens of social justice.
June 30th, 2021  11:05 - Noon
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