November, 2023

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Your Voice is Your Power… So Start Telling Your Story

Active Minds

Self-advocacy is a powerful tool, especially as we navigate a world with systems that are not structured to serve us. To me, as an immigrant, queer Latina, it is important to understand all of the factors that have played into my mental well-being. Growing up in a Hispanic household where mental health was not talked about nor prioritized, it was tough for me to know what resources were available to serve me.

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Biden-Harris 2024 Campaign Releases Ad About Record $7 Billion HBCU Funding

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The Biden-Harris 2024 campaign has released a new ad about President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ record $7 billion in funding for HBCUs, theGrio reported. Vice President Kamala Harris The ad, Possibilities , highlights and celebrates the funding, which have been used to help close funding gaps between HBCUs and Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs) and pay for campus improvements ($3.6 billion), educational grants ($1.7 billion), and student debt relief ($1.6 billion).

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A Snapshot of Today’s College Students

IHEP Institute for Higher Education Policy

NPSAS:20 analysis reveals the diversity of today’s students and where they attend college. By: Pearl Lo and Kim Dancy Understanding the experiences and backgrounds of today’s college students is a crucial step in addressing inequitable outcomes, tailoring support services, and allocating resources in ways that shape a higher education system that works for every student.

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Importance of mental health during university studies

Student Minds

Ellen explores the importance of mental health during one's university years as well as strategies to nurture and maintain it. - Ellen University life is an exciting and transformative period in someone’s life. It's a time of exploration, personal growth, and academic development. At the same time, it can be a period of intense stress and mental health challenges because you are about to start something new.

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Can Brain Science Actually Help Make Your Training & Teaching Stick?

Speaker: Andrew Cohen, Founder & CEO of Brainscape

The instructor’s PPT slides are brilliant. You’ve splurged on the expensive interactive courseware. Student engagement is stellar. So… why are half of your students still forgetting everything they learned in just a matter of weeks? It's likely a matter of cognitive science! With so much material to "teach" these days, we often forget to incorporate key proven principles into our curricula — namely active recall, metacognition, spaced repetition, and interleaving practice.

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8 Tips for Reviewing and Fixing Student Loan Payment Errors Amid Widespread Servicing Problems

Student Loan Planner

The first month of repayment following the end of the student loan pause has been a bit of a mess. Hundreds of thousands of borrowers have had their student loan payments miscalculated by their loan servicers, according to reports from The Washington Post and The New York Times. And this week, the Education Department revealed […] The post 8 Tips for Reviewing and Fixing Student Loan Payment Errors Amid Widespread Servicing Problems appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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Three Ways to Support Transgender People’s Mental Health During Difficult Times

Active Minds

As a transgender man, Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day that’s near and dear to my heart. For most transgender and gender non-conforming youth, it is one of the ways we honor our elders, peers, and history, even if we cannot come out. In 2023, we are honoring the 19 transgender and non-binary siblings who passed due to transphobia and hate. The uncertainty of being accepted by our family, friends, school, and more can bring up a lot of emotions and mental health concerns, especially in our

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Panel: Erasing Black History Threatens to Harm Black Community, Students, and Nation's Future

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The exclusion and omission of Black history threatens to harm not just the Black community at large but also students and the very future of the nation, experts said during a Nov. 14 panel. Janel George The panel – part of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s larger National Racial Equity Initiative for Social Justice (NREI) Summit – brought together experts to discuss contemporary attacks against the inclusion of Black history in societal awareness and education.

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Pushing for Transformative Policy Improvements that Deliver Equitable Value for All Students

IHEP Institute for Higher Education Policy

By: Mamie Voight Earlier this spring, IHEP reached an important milestone: 30 years of developing research to address the nation’s most pressing higher education challenges and promoting college access and success for all students. Our 30-year milestone was an opportunity to refine our purpose and focus on our North Star goal of building a more equitable and just society through higher education.

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Starting a new university year at a new university

Student Minds

Amber shares her story and tips on how to make the most out of starting at a new university during your final year. - Amber Year 3. Final Year. One of the most critical times in a university experience is when all of your work finally begins to pay off and I found myself nervous and anxious when I thought I’d be excited and full of ambitions. Finding myself in a new institution where most people had already established friendships was quite scary!

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Republican Effort to Repeal Biden’s SAVE Plan Fails, but Other Threats Remain

Student Loan Planner

Republican attempts to repeal President Biden’s new SAVE plan failed to pass the Senate during a key vote last week. Millions of borrowers have already enrolled in the Saving on a Valuable Education plan, a new income-driven repayment plan program that Education Department officials are saying is the most affordable IDR plan ever. And more […] The post Republican Effort to Repeal Biden’s SAVE Plan Fails, but Other Threats Remain appeared first on Student Loan Planner.

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Single Stop Announces Expansion of its Benefit Screener Through Addition of LIHEAP Benefit

Single Stop

Single Stop Adds LIHEAP to Nation-Leading Benefits Screener LIHEAP Assists Low-Income Households with Energy Bills and Energy-Efficient Home Improvements New York, NY– Single Stop, a nonprofit organization that helps low-income individuals and families access vital resources and services, has expanded its benefit screener with the addition of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

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How Humanities and STEM Students Alike Can Better Manage Stress

Active Minds

College is not easy. This fall, I began my sophomore year at Union College, and it is definitely much more challenging than the previous year, especially since I have all upper-level classes this term, two of them being biology classes and one other intensive political science class. Though students often jokingly debate which is more rigorous, future-proof, and overall superior, humanities and STEM students alike face the need to manage the stress of juggling academics, extracurriculars, a soci

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Alabama A&M University to Lead Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Alabama A&M University's Marching Maroon and White marching band will lead the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year. They will be the first HBCU marching band to kick off the event. Alabama A&M University Marching Maroon and White Band Alabama A&M Additionally, the band’s auxiliary unit, The Dancin' Divas , will be featured in a special performance with the famous Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.

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How to Stop Being a Complainer

Steve Keating

Okay, I’d be the first to admit that on the surface, there is a whole lot to complain about these days. I won’t list them all here cause I like to keep my posts under a million words. But we know what the big ones are. When we add in our own little pet peeves it’s pretty easy to be complaining all the time. But that is incredibly unproductive. It’s also unhealthy.

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Social Media Kindness Day

Student Minds

The Editorial Team have come together to share their thoughts on Social Media Kindness Day. - Student Minds Blog Editorial Team ⭐ How can we use social media to spread kindness and find our community? ⭐ ? Taylor : Social media truly is a world of its own! We've created a platform where the most love can be shared and communities can be created. It doesn't go without its negatives but, for those who are new to university or just want to 'find their people', then social media certainly is the plac

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Helping clients navigate religious trauma

Counseling Today

Religious and spiritual experiences are not always positive; sometimes, they cause emotional harm that affects a client’s identity, belief and sense of safety. The post Helping clients navigate religious trauma appeared first on Counseling Today.

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EQUALITY, Fall 2023

COE

EQUALITY, Fall 2023 November 1, 2023 — by Terrance L. Hamm Discover the latest updates in education as Kimberly Jones takes the helm at the Council for Opportunity in Education on October 1, 2023. October to December 2023 On October 1, 2023, Kimberly Jones assumed the presidency of the Council for Opportunity in Education. In this issue, we also highlight upcoming changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which will be known as the “Better FAFSA;” our work to help low-

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Commemorating and Advocating for Veterans’ Mental Health

Active Minds

As we approach another Veterans Day, I find myself reflecting on the commitment we owe to our military personnel and veterans. Working as the policy manager at Active Minds , the importance of mental health advocacy is prominent, especially for those who’ve served our nation. Two transformative policies that have the power to greatly support veterans’ mental health include The Brandon Act and H.R. 3011 — DOD Task Force on Mental Health.

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MSU Tenure-Track Faculty Look to Unionize

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Michigan State University (MSU) tenure-track faculty have launched a public unionization campaign to gain more influence in administrative decision-making, The State News reported. Michigan State University Supporters of the union have argued that unionizing would give tenured faculty a larger role in discussions of changes to working conditions, campus safety, promotion and tenure systems, and sexual misconduct and Title IX issues.

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How to Give a Sincere Compliment

Steve Keating

Have you ever received a compliment from someone and immediately wondered what they were up to? You may be thinking they want something in return. Maybe they are about to ask for a favor. You’re not at all certain the compliment is truly sincere. Lots of people think they’re giving sincere compliments but a truly sincere compliment has two parts. The compliment itself and the “evidence” that proves it’s sincere.

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Campbell Keele Receives National Award

Missouri State Academic Advising and Transfer Cent

Campbell Keele, coordinator of transfer initiatives in the Academic Advising and Transfer Center, has been selected as a recipient of the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS) “Transfer Champion-Rising Star Award.” This national award is only awarded to four recipients a year. According to NISTS, “the Rising Star Award recognizes professionals who are making important contributions but are relatively new to the transfer field.

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Behind The Book: Q&A with the authors of Interactive Group Work (second edition) 

Counseling Today

The co-authors of the second edition of Interactive Group Work discuss the benefits and challenges of group work and what it takes to be an effective group leader. The post Behind The Book: Q&A with the authors of Interactive Group Work (second edition) appeared first on Counseling Today.

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A Quick Review of Early Applications

Counselors' Corner

by Patrick O'Connor, Ph.D. November 1st is finally in the rearview mirror, giving counselors a chance to breath just a little until the November 15th deadline, and a chance to reflect on how things went in the early application period: Lists are beyond aggressive A number of counselors are reporting more students with college lists that seem to be based more on hope than anything else.

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Mental Health in Schools: How to Support Students AND Educators

Active Minds

As an educator in the classroom and a former principal on the South Side of Chicago, I’ve seen firsthand the challenges that students and staff alike face. American Education Week provides a crucial opportunity to shed light on an issue that continues to be ignored: the need to support the mental health of both students and educators. In schools, the traditional focus on academic achievement must evolve to include the holistic well-being of everyone who walks through those doors.

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AFT Calls on Colleges to Respect Freedom of Speech and Fight Hate on Campus

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is calling for people to respect intellectual and academic freedom and speech, and combat antisemitism, Islamophobia, and other racist hate on college campuses. Randi Weingarten The move stems from a unanimous AFT executive council resolution on Nov. 9, Condemning Hate and Affirming Freedom of Speech on Campus.

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How to Make a Difference

Steve Keating

President John Kennedy said “Everyone can make a difference and everyone should try.” That’s a very true statement, all of us can make a difference, we just need to decide what kind of differences we want to make. I don’t think I can change the world but I know I can help change the world for the people I help. So I try to make a difference by helping other people be the best version of themselves that they can be.

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Looking to the future of advising: 6 takeaways from the 2023 NACADA conference

EAB

Blogs Looking to the future of advising: 6 takeaways from the 2023 NACADA conference The academic advising profession faces shrinking budgets, expanding student and administration expectations, and increasing turnover—all of which make it harder for institutions to think strategically about advising structure and staffing to support student success.

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From the President: Recovering historical memory

Counseling Today

"Professional counselors. seek to empower individuals and communities to challenge and transform the systems and structures perpetuating violence and inequality." The post From the President: Recovering historical memory appeared first on Counseling Today.

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Symplicity Recruit Spotlight: Meirav Abramovitz

Symplicity

Finding the ideal candidate for a job is not an easy task. It involves hours of searching, sourcing, and interviewing applicants to establish a professional connection. Symplicity has been nurturing relationships with universities and career centers for decades to help students search for opportunities that get them a little closer to their career goals.

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A Guide to Navigating Mental Health Amidst Change

Active Minds

As the winter months settle upon us, seasons change, and many aspects of our lives do as well. Change can take on many forms and manifest in several ways, from minor adjustments to our daily routines to more significant transitions such as a new job, ending relationships, or relocating to a new city. These shifts can be planned or unexpected and, above all else, a daunting experience.

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Virginia State University is First HBCU to Host General Election Presidential Debate

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Virginia State University will host the second presidential debate of the 2024 election cycle Oct. 1, becoming the first HBCU to host a general election presidential debate. “We are honored and grateful to have been chosen as a host for a 2024 Presidential Debate,” said VSU President Dr. Makola M. Abdullah. “This is a historic moment for our university and for HBCUs nationwide.

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More Than 5 Million Borrowers Enrolled in Biden’s New Student Loan Repayment Plan

Student Loan Planner

The Biden Administration announced last week that nearly 5.5 million borrowers have enrolled in a new income-driven repayment plan. The Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) plan is being touted by top Administration officials as the “most affordable” income-driven repayment plan ever created. The plan features lower monthly payments, a higher poverty exclusion limit, and […] The post More Than 5 Million Borrowers Enrolled in Biden’s New Student Loan Repayment Plan appeared first on

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creating a writing mood

Patter by Pat Thomson

I have just finished three days at a writing retreat. My job was to set a timetable each day, talk a bit about writing and facilitate goal-setting and debriefing. But I didn’t organise quite a lot of important retreat business. Other colleagues did the work of finding and booking the venue and the choosing the various places we had lunch and dinner.