Fostering Student Belonging to Support Retention Despite the Global Pandemic

Fostering Student Belonging to Support Retention Despite the Global Pandemic

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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.


Limited Attendance

In order to ensure a high-quality learning experience, we have intentionally designed this Virtual Training to have a limited number of total attendees. To ensure access from both paying participants and also from those who have an All-Inclusive membership, when the membership cap is reached, only paying participants can register after that point (while spaces are still available). If you have questions about whether this program is right for you, please contact us.

The Academic Impressions Virtual Workshop Experience

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to exploring responsive issues in higher education. Our virtual workshops provide you with an active learning environment and an online space where you can explore ideas, get inspired by what your peers are doing, and understand the range of possibilities around a certain topic. Depending on what you need to solve a specific challenge at your institution, you will have the chance to gain ideas, plans, refinements, or connections with those undergoing the same challenges as you. You will leave these sessions with practical solutions that you can take back to your team or task force.

What you will get:

  • Learn from what your peers are doing across the nation
  • Gather unique and creative approaches that you may not have thought about
  • Validate and vet plans and priorities
  • Contribute your ideas and help shape the conversation
  • Get work done in a space that’s designed to help you reflect, be creative, and maintain focus on the issue
  • Connect with subject matter experts who steer the conversation and add value
  • Experience expert facilitation to ensure practical outcomes and takeaways

As the coronavirus pandemic unfolds nationally, it is so important to keep connecting and networking with your peers - at a “social distance” - and to keep learning and developing as higher-ed leaders and professionals. Don’t let social distancing and quarantines prevent you from setting aside time for professional development. Everything is changing so fast; more than ever, we need to be pooling our resources and knowledge and finding the best ways to develop our capacity, connect and share with each other, and move forward during a challenging time.

*A limited number of FREE member spots are open for each virtual training. Sign up today.


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
  2. 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.


  3. Collaborative Brainstorming
  4. 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.



  5. Group Sharing and Action Planning
  6. As a group, you will share ideas, help each other improve your thinking through interactive collaboration, and begin shaping your next steps.


Portrait of Glenn Davis

Glenn Davis

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Bowling Green State University

Glenn started his career as a faculty member in the English Department at St. Cloud State University, where he also served as Chair, before becoming Interim Dean of University College. In all his roles, he worked to address barriers to student progress. As Interim Dean, he led several change initiatives that included a campus-wide effort to promote students’ sense of belonging.

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*There are limited spots available for All-Inclusive Members to register for virtual trainings for free in 2020. Each virtual training has a registration cap in order to ensure a high-quality learning experience. If the cap has been met, All-Inclusive Members can register with a $250 discount if space is available.