Student Affairs is pleased to announce a series of training for faculty and staff during the 2018–19 academic year as part of the Illinois Tech CARES initiative.
The training will begin with an overview of the Illinois Tech CARES program and current trends within three distinct categories of importance to student support: mental health, student development, and diversity and inclusion. It will also review the resources available to faculty and staff for support on campus. Our first training will be held on Wednesday, November 7 from 3–5 p.m. in the Robert A. Pritzker Science Center, Room 116.
Three additional trainings will take place during the spring semester that will focus on each individual issue. The schedule is below:
Understanding Our College Students and Their Families
Wednesday, January 30 from 3–4:30 p.m.
When talking with colleagues who work with college students, we often hear the expression that while we get older, our students get younger. We also have noticed an emerging trend that our family members are more engaged with their students’ academic experience. This presentation is to help faculty and staff members better understand the current generation of college students and their families. In this presentation we will discuss theories relating to our college students, understanding first-generation college students, best practices, and how to work with students’ family members.
Mental Health 101
Thursday, February 21 from 3–4:30 p.m.
Mental health issues on college campuses continue to increase across the country. This workshop will provide you with information regarding the most common mental health issues college students face today and how those issues may manifest in student behavior. The workshop will review strategies to help you respond to a student in distress and will outline university and Student Health and Wellness response protocols to streamline access for a student to professional services and provide you with an understanding of how to respond to a student in distress or crisis.
Creating Inclusive Spaces in the Classroom
Monday, March 18 from 3–4:30 p.m.
Social justice and diversity are becoming important topics within higher education because of the growing diversity within our college student populations. This session will explore ways that faculty members can create inclusive spaces and brainstorm effective pedagogical strategies that will engage students with different identities in higher education spaces. In this session, we will discuss effective strategies and share resources for creating inclusive spaces.
All training locations are TBD. More announcements will be available at the start of the spring 2019 semester.
Please let us know if you have any questions or need clarification. We look forward to collaborating with faculty this year.