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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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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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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New Measures of Postsecondary Education Transfer Performance: Transfer-out rates for community colleges, transfer student graduation rates at four-year colleges, and the institutional dyads contributing to transfer student success

Ed.gov Homeroom

Nathan Sotherland, Kevin Stange, and Jordan Matsudaira The U.S. postsecondary education system provides students with many flexible pathways to earning a bachelor’s degree. One of the most important of these is the opportunity to start a degree at a community college and transfer to a four-year degree program. Community colleges provide access to postsecondary education Continue Reading The post New Measures of Postsecondary Education Transfer Performance: Transfer-out rates for community colleg

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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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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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Raising the Bar for American History and Civics

Ed.gov Homeroom

By: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Democracy thrives when there is a well-educated and informed citizenry. Raising the Bar in education means that every student is provided with a well-rounded education, and that includes creating opportunities to learn deeply about American history, understand the U.S. Constitution and how our system of government works, and Continue Reading The post Raising the Bar for American History and Civics appeared first on ED.gov Blog.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Symplicity welcomes back NZUni Talent as a partner

Symplicity

Symplicity® Corporation , the global leader in student employability, wellness, and success, welcomes back New Zealand Uni Talent , the network of all eight New Zealand Universities, and looks forward to supporting and collaborating with them once again in providing opportunities for students to engage with employers.

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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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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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Vaulting Over Adversity: A Student-Athlete’s Journey to Mental Health Advocacy

Timely MD

It was a freak accident. As a freshman Division I gymnast at the University of California, Berkeley, I was living my dream of competing at the collegiate level. In just seconds, my gymnastics career came crashing down – literally – during a dismount from the bars. It’s a skill I had performed countless times before, but this time, I landed straight on my head, breaking T3 and T5 vertebrae and tearing a muscle in my neck.

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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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Building a Thriving Workforce for Early Learning Through Higher Education

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

The early learning sector plays a crucial role in shaping the foundation of children's education and future success. However, the shortage of qualified professionals poses significant challenges, hindering access to quality early learning programs and impeding economic growth. To address these issues, it is imperative to focus on building a thriving workforce through higher education.

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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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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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Dealing With Sudden Loss

Steve Keating

Dealing with sudden loss, such as the loss of a loved one, a job, a relationship, or any other significant change, can be an incredibly challenging and emotionally distressing experience. Coping with sudden loss requires time, self-care, and support. You need to be careful with your feelings during times of sudden loss. They are capable and convincing liars.

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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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Why (And How) Every Community Should “Send Silence Packing®”

Active Minds

Content Warning: This piece contains mentions of suicide. Send Silence Packing® (SSP) is a traveling exhibit with the purpose of opening the conversation about mental health issues that we all face on a daily basis while also providing attendees with the resources available to them on a community and national level. I decided to become a tour coordinator this fall because it allows me to better my knowledge about mental health and learn different styles and methods that others use to cope and

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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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Symplicity Recruit Introduces Advanced Student Messaging

Symplicity

For recruiters and employers on the hunt for best-fit talent, time is everything. During recruiting season, employers and recruiters need to focus on strategies that will ensure long-term success. Yet, sometimes, tight recruiting budgets and small teams make it difficult to split their time between proactively building pipelines and repetitive low-level tasks like screening and scheduling.

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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.