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Conversations on First Year Student Success

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For Faculty and Staff


Conversations on First Year Student Success is a series of panel discussions that engage members of Indiana University Bloomington faculty and staff in dialogue relating to issues impacting first year students. The goal of this programmatic series is to empower faculty and staff to help support and cultivate skills within students that will increase the success of our first year students. 

Each semester, FYE partners with individual faculty, staff, and student presenters throughout campus to bring you a wide variety of topics and speakers for these events. The program sessions usually take place in the Indiana Memorial Union, and refreshments are provided.

Whether your schedule permits you to attend one session or many, we look forward to creating an excellent dialog that will increase participants’ ability to serve first year students more effectively. A list of our 2014 Session topics with links to register for each session are available below. 

    • January 16, 2014: Responding to Bias Related Incidents: The IU Incident Teams

      Oak Room, Indiana Memorial Union
      Thursday, January 16, 2014, 3:00-4:30pm

      IU was one of the first universities to establish teams to respond to reports of bias motivated incidents and has served as the model of other campuses in developing such bodies. In this conversation, members of the IU Incident Teams will discuss how the process works, how and when to refer students to the teams, and how you can be an advocate for students experiencing situations of hate, discrimination and bias. They will also review the trends in IU cases and the types of responses often taken by the teams. 

      Please register for this Conversation here.

    • February 13, 2014: Indiana Lifeline Law and the IU Hoosier PACT

      Oak Room, Indiana Memorial Union
      Thursday, February 13, 2014, 3:00-4:30pm

      FYE partners with Lt. Andy Stephenson (IUPD), IU Student Body President Jose Mitjavila, Associate Dean Carol McCord, Director of the Office of Student Ethics Jason Casares, and Residential Programs and Services representative Jon Riveire in a conversation to raise awareness about the Indiana Lifeline Law and IU Hoosier PACT among faculty and staff. Each member of this broad panel will present a unique perspective on these initiatives and discuss current trends among IU students.

      Please register for this Conversation here

    • March 12, 2014: A Profile of the IUB Transfer Student

      Dogwood Room, Indiana Memorial Union
      Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 3:00-4:30pm

      This conversation will deliver a profile of the IUB transfer student while exploring the needs of this specific student population and providing insight into how faculty and staff can support them in their transition to the IUB collegiate environment. Panelists will include Emily Arth, Associate Director of the Office of First Year Experience, Adrienne Sewell, Assistant Director of University Division, Sara Ivey-Lucas, RPS Assistant Director for Housing Assignments, and Terry Knaus, Senior Director of Recruitment in the Office of Admissions.  

      Please register for this Conversation here

    • Past Conversations on First Year Student Success

      • April 2013: The Culture of Care Initiative and First Year Students

        In this conversation, Culture of Care staff and student leaders provided faculty and staff with an overview of the initiative and its programs aimed at preventing problematic behaviors.  They also discussed ways to provide support to students and ways to get involved with Culture of Care.

      • February 2013: Social Media and First Year Student Success

        Social media expert Dr. Sarah Smith-Robbins (Director of Emerging Technologies at Kelley Executive Partners, and a member of the Marketing department faculty at Kelley School of Business) addressed ways to reach out and connect with first year students through social media. Attendees were encouraged to think creatively about how their own offices or departments could leverage social media to increase contact with first year students and bolster first year student success.

      • January 2013: First Year Student Military Veteran Transition

        This conversation explored the needs of first year student military veterans and gave advice to faculty and staff for how to assist them with their transitions to the collegiate environment. Panelists included Margaret Baechtold, Director of Veterans Support Services, Lydia Wilkes, Assistant Director of Elementary Composition in the English Department, and current student veterans.

      • November 2012: "Once a Hoosier, Always a Hoosier"- First Year Students and IUAA

        Although graduation seems like a lifetime away for newly acclimated students, the IU Alumni Association actively reaches out to current students to help them understand the concept that they're "an alum from day one."  This conversation focused on how faculty and staff could bridge the gap between the student and alumni experiences by creating a culture of "Student Today, Hoosier Forever." Discussion included the results of the Alumni Attitudes Survey, responses and behaviors of young alumni and how they should affect faculty actions in and outside of the classroom.

      • October 2012: Combating Hate on Campus

        This session discussed ideas for empowering first year students (as well as staff and faculty) to speak out against oppressive, uncivil, and hateful behavior on campus. Doug Bauder and additional members of the Commission On Multicultural Understanding (COMU) spoke about the Fall 2012 launch of the "IU Won't Stand" campaign and its larger implications for the Bloomington campus. This session was in a roundtable format, and attendees were highly encouraged to actively participate in the development of small conversations with others at their table during the event.

      • September 2012: Mental Health and First Year Student Success

        Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) discussed trends in student mental health issues at Indiana University. They also well as explained services available to students on campus and how faculty and staff could best make referrals to students who seemed to need psychological assistance.