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Saturday, November 9 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Creating learning environments that fit the needs of “emerging” students

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Challenges beyond academics, such as lower income, no sense of belonging, and a lack of cultural capital make underprepared, underrepresented, and first-generation college students some of the most at-risk students in college. Still, academic preparation has been the focus of much research regarding these cohorts of students. “Equally important, however, are the psychological–social barriers and lack of institutional support”.

So what if, instead of looking at these students’ academic risks, we looked at their social and emotional barriers? What if, instead of calling them at-risk, we called them emerging? This session will describe the design, and implementation of an academic support program based on intrusive-advising geared towards at-risk students. This program uses trauma-informed, contemplative practices to help first-generation students improve their self-knowledge, critical thinking, and community engagement—which in turn improves academic engagement and retention.

Saturday November 9, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm EST
Hadley Lincoln Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01107

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