Grief & Loss:
Navigating the loss of a community is challenging. You might find this information on grief and loss helpful for yourself and your students. If you are looking for student referral ideas, consider these options.
2019 -2020 Workshops:
Hamre Center for Health & Wellness and Serie Center for Scholarship & Teaching Collaboration
A three-part series to engage and empower faculty members. Staff are invited to attend as well.
We all have a role in student well-being
As a faculty or staff member, you can contribute to the well-being of Macalester students through the actions you take in your professional role.
- Change how you design and deliver your courses, student employment training and supervision.
Do you facilitate social connection opportunities? Are you intentional in being inclusive and using language that reflects respect for student identities? Is universal design a part of your structure? Have you included a syllabus statement or training overview that reflects respect and understanding of well-being concerns?
- Revise the policies and processes in your department and courses.
Are expectations around communication (e.g. office hours, email responses, absences related to health) clearly shared? Do policies and processes embody a culture of fairness, respect, and support for student success and well-being? Is navigation of policies and processes seen as a learning experience and extension of the student’s formal education? Do students know who to go to if they have a question or a concern?
- Redesign the physical spaces in your department and events
Do the spaces foster inclusivity, social connectedness, and community? Are symbols (posters, artwork, etc.) reflecting a range of identities visible? Are there gathering places to interact and exchange ideas? Is there space for a quiet “time-out”? Does the furniture arrangement signal openness? What is the lighting like? Could you provide healthy snacks and include plants/flowers in the space?
- Build skills in listening and referral
Are you aware of who to contact for different student concerns? Have you participated in QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training? If you are supporting a student who would like to directly access counseling support off-campus without connecting with the Hamre Center, an abbreviated list of resources is available for your reference. Would you like a professional from the Hamre Center to visit your department to help your department members become more knowledgeable in this area?
- Include well-being related presentations in your classes
Hamre Center staff offer a healthy sleep initiative for First Year Courses (visit class 3 times/semester). We can also visit any class to address topics such as resilience, managing stress, relationships, etc. Outside of the class – think about signing up one of your classes to do the Family Fest 5K Walk/Run in October.
- Increase student awareness of support services
Familiarize students with the on-campus and off-campus resources that can help them prioritize their well-being.
- Provide opportunities for mindfulness/reflection
Could you build in moments for pausing, reflecting, taking a break in process? One example: start a class or a meeting with a 15-second opportunity to pause and become present in the space and task before diving in. Do you provide opportunities for students to reflect on what they have learned or experienced? Could you create a moment for students to share (in writing or speech) what or who they are grateful for?
Want more tips and ideas?
The Academic Resilience Consortium (ARC) is an association of faculty, professionals, and students in higher education who are dedicated to understanding and promoting student resilience. The Resource Library has ideas and initiatives submitted by member institutions.
Simon Fraser University (Canada) has developed an extensive healthy community initiative that includes theory and practice in creating well-being in learning environments. Many of the points above were shared by SFU. We encourage you to explore the ideas and activities that they have pulled together. We hope to create a similar Macalester-specific resource in the near future!