Conversations on First-Year Student Success

Each semester, FYE partners with individual faculty, staff, and students throughout campus to bring you Conversations on First-Year Student Success, a forum for faculty and staff to discuss issues that shape first-year students at IU Bloomington. This programmatic series aims to facilitate candid conversations about relevant first-year student topics through the collective knowledge and experiences of faculty and staff participants.

Whether your schedule permits you to attend one session or many, we look forward to creating an excellent dialogue that will strengthen your ability to serve first-year students effectively.

Student Voices on Transitioning to College during the Pandemic

Wednesday, September 29 │ 3–4 p.m.
Join the Office of First Year Experience Programs as we gather a panel of students to share their experiences of navigating their transition to IU during the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will touch on the common obstacles and challenges students faced last year during the pandemic, as well as the needs they are currently facing as they enter into their second year.

Facilitator: Chase Wilson, Assistant Director of the Office of First Year Experience Programs

Register for September 29

Creating Inclusive Spaces for Native Communities

Wednesday, October 27 │ 3–4 p.m.
Hear from the First Nations Educational & Cultural Center to learn how each of us can play a role in promoting and amplifying the voices of Indigenous people and social movements. This session will touch on what a land acknowledgement is, how it can be used, and how you and your office can maintain spaces inclusive of Native faculty, staff, and students.

Presenter: Dr. Nicky Belle, Director of First Nations Educational & Cultural Center

Register for October 27

The Rise of Anti-Semitism on College Campuses

Wednesday, November 17 │ 3–4 p.m.
Meet with Rabbi Sue Laikin Silberberg to learn more about the rise of anti-Semitism in recent years. Reports show that harassment and attacks on Jewish students are at an all-time high on college campuses across the country. This conversation will discuss what factors are contributing to this rise and how we can address these issues and better support our Jewish students on campus.

Facilitator: Rabbi Sue Laikin Silberberg, Executive Director, IU Hillel

Register for November 17

Student Mental Health: Trends and Resources

Wednesday, February 9 │ 3–4 p.m.
This academic year, students returned to campus after months of living through a pandemic and social justice movements. Throughout the academic year, student mental health continues to be a concern and priority for campus. Connect with staff from Counseling and Psychological Services to learn about what trends have emerged and what resources are available for students.

Presenter: Luciana Guardini, LCSW, Outreach Coordinator, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Register for February 9