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Engaging Students in Conversations about. Jerie Smith, Aurora Center Jenny Porter, Orientation & First-Year Programs Presidents Coalition for a Respectful U Co-chairs. Welcome to Respect U. You can respect me by. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Engaging Students in Conversations about Respect

Engaging Students in Conversations about

Jerie Smith, Aurora CenterJenny Porter, Orientation & First-Year ProgramsPresidents Coalition for a Respectful U Co-chairsIntroductions

Maybe intro group if size is appropriate1

Welcome to Respect UJenny-Set context for video-Show upon arrival to event-Pulled content from POP at Orientation

-Show video

-Ask for initial reactions2

Collaboration between Coalition for Respectful U and Welcome Week

Jerie-Quick background on coalition-Coalition made efforts to collaborate with students out of care and concern to understand the campus climate for their student group and themselves

Jenny-Welcome Week introduces over 5,000 students to new U of M community-Desire to help draw student experience into the program

Both groups-Desired to create a proactive initiative to respond to concerns, instead of being reactionary-Wanted to share student reality and name it so it could be discussed.-What could be if each entire freshman class was invited to a conversation on respect3

You can respect me byInviting students to the Conversation at Respect U

Jerie-Offer the vehicle for sharing-Students have life stories to tell, they are not reluctant to share, need a prompt and someone to listen and care about response-Silent Witness example of student asking about parents and follow up

Jenny-Need to name the issues, even when they make us uncomfortable-Seeing peacock feathers created shared experience and reminder of conversations had around mental health

JerieWe need to hold our assumptions in order to listen-Interfaith Campus Coalition hosted station on faith, spirituality and meaning in college. Invited to respond to question of faith and spirituality, content used at Interfaith Week Event last fall

-In this part are we trying to drive home the fact that "listening" to the students experience and allowing for the fact that even those of us who are cool at doing this work may be making some assumptions about who they are and what is their experience and if we are not as "cool" as we think, how can the whole campus be more involved in that reality?-if students are called into an experience of what it means to be a community of respect, how does that "infect" the whole campus?-I still like my overused statement about justice not being the ability to take someone's tuition money and not respect them...........or ask them to work here and not respect themor with either group (and this is about privilege) not be willing to hear, accept and try to "make right" their experience????



Lots of students in the first-year class, its important to consider each individual students story-its easy to focus on differences in generations, like technology, but more challenging to address differences related to social issues/personal experiences-its not about discipline/punishment for wrongdoing, but more of a way to live with open perspectives and sometimes 18 years old have lived many more experiences than assumed

-Pat Frazier, Dept of Psychology, reframe what trauma is-often different from what one may assume-85% of college student samples had experienced at least one trauma in their lifetime-Most common: sudden bereavement, life-threatening event, witnessed family violence, unwanted sexual attention, accident (non-mva), however events of concern to students different from general checklists

Aurora Stats5

From 9/11, multiple wars, and the recession, to catastrophic natural disasters, and the increase in random violence and school shootings, weve survived and are surviving events that have torn at our sense of safety with such force that weve experience them as trauma even if we werent directly involved. (Brown, 2012, p. 27)These events pull at our sense of safety and, if we let it, makes us address our sense of privilege some of us may not realize is part of our daily experience. 6

The research team found that the act of not discussing a traumatic event or confiding it to another person could be more damaging than the actual event. Conversely, when people shared their stories and experiences, their physical health improved, their doctors visiting decreased, and they showed significant decreases in their stress hormones.(Brown, 2012, p. 82)Jenny

-Sharing our stories allows us freedom to hear me too and let go of shame we may be holding on to-Reactions to these quotes? Examples of students who have encountered trauma?

If needed:Jerie-add connection story to training for Aurora volunteers and power of sharing and finding group who want to make a difference

Summarizing comments-We know students are vulnerable, desire sense of belonging (as we all do), and generally operate dualistically as they begin college-We knew capacity, timing during WW and development state of students would not contribute to immediate changes, but we wanted to start somewhere to get students to know these issues are complex-goal was to raise awareness-We wanted to create the space to be able to begin to share their experiences and introduce some dissonance to get them to think:*I can use these resources and people care about me here*My experience is not the same as everyone elses and I have a role in listening to the experiences of others to create a more inclusive community7

Presidents Coalition for a Respectful URespect U is one example of collaboration and sharing conversations that exist to help shift campus culture, there are many others.

-As of October 3, 2012 Coalition has a new name-Charge letter from President with four areas of focus:1-Proactive strategic approaches for enhancing impact of existing programs, activities, traditions which seek to positively influence campus climate2-Coordination and effectiveness of existing resources and identification of needed investments focused on the role of respect in healthy living, learning, and working environments3-Oversight for assessing existing policies and developing new approaches to achieving the Coalitions vision4-Leadership and perspective needed to develop effective responses to incidents or situations which challenge or call into question our communitys commitment to equity, diversity, and/or social justice.

Goal to collaborate and connect people and resources who are committed to this work

-See vision and mission on handout-Sign up if interested in joining listserv and or getting involved with Respect U

RESPECT U & 2015 on 5th floor STSS this month for viewing8ReferencesBrown, Bren. (2012). Daring Greatly: Howthe Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms theWay We Live, Love, Parent and Lead. NewYork, NY: Penguin Group Inc.Frazier, Patricia. (September 25, 2012). Howto Handle Stress: Strategies for CollegeStudents. Personal Communication.9