Fostering Student Belonging to Support Retention Despite the Global Pandemic

Last updated September 8, 2020

Fostering Student Belonging to Support Retention Despite the Global Pandemic

Last updated September 8, 2020

Brainstorm creative ways to support student belonging and retention in the face of social distancing and the pandemic.


We know that a sense of belonging is a crucial factor when it comes to student success and retention—but what does that look like during a global pandemic?

Join us for this virtual training to hear how our expert speaker is:

  • Integrating lessons learned from his time working on retention at St. Cloud State University
  • Using these lessons to inform the collaborative approach Bowling Green State University is taking to build a sense of community for students by focusing on flexibility, communication, and belonging in a socially distanced world

Be part of this interactive conversation to share and brainstorm creative ways you can support student belonging through connections with faculty, staff, and other students.

Who should attend?

Student success and academic affairs leaders who oversee or contribute to retention efforts will benefit most from this virtual workshop.


October 19, 2020

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern

During this 1.5-hour online training, our expert will cover the following important considerations:

1. Approaches to Student Belonging Past and Present

Our expert speaker will share the theory and experience behind his approach to student retention and success, as well as how his institution is taking to build a sense of belonging in the face of challenges posed by the pandemic. You will hear early insights into the struggles and successes observed by our speakers and attendees to help you identify solutions that fit your students’ needs.

2. Collaborative Brainstorming

In this second section, you will have the opportunity to break out into small groups to share your best current thinking and challenges you face. You will also have the chance to generate new ideas to help foster a sense of belonging for students during this unconventional academic year.

3. Group Sharing and Action Planning

As a group, you will share ideas, help each other improve your thinking through interactive collaboration, and begin shaping your next steps.