All Students Must Thrive: Mental Health and Student Engagement Sharing Commnunity

Date: 9/16/2022

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Any member of the campus community is encouraged to join this sharing community including faculty, staff, and students. 

Across higher education, staff and faculty continue to grapple with the post-pandemic realities of declining student engagement, well-being, and mental health. So, what do we do? How do we do it? And where do we start? Join this learning community to engage in fellowship, storytelling, and the exploration of impactful best practices and solutions to re-engage and holistically support our diversifying student communities.

Literature has demonstrated that systemic barriers and toxic stress combine to negatively impact student’s mental health, well-being, and engagement. Guided by the acclaimed work of Dr. Tyrone Howard, Professor of Education in the School of Education at UCLA, and Director of the UCLA Black Male Institute and the UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families, this sharing community will engage Howard’s celebrated text (hard copy provided to participants), All Students Must Thrive: Transforming Schools to Combat Toxic Stressors and Cultivate Critical Wellness, to critically analyze the acute and long-term psychological, emotional, and engagement struggles of our students. Through the intersecting lens of critical pedagogy and wellness, this sharing community will collaborate to interweave theoretical and historical perspectives with practical guidance and application – offering micro and macro level tips and perspectives that will help staff and faculty alike nurture student well-being and more inclusive educational spaces. Howard, and other leading experts provide scenarios to consider, language to use, starting points for this work, and support for action. This sharing community will read about one chapter per month and facilitators will provide opportunities for reflection and discussion.

We will be meeting virtually once a month for both semesters (September, October, November, December, February, March, April, May). A Doodle poll will be sent to everyone who is interested in this sharing community after September 16th



Hannah Lammer, Danny Gissing,  & Anthony Goettl