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E2: Student-Initiated Retention Projects That Work
April 15, 2016 @ 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Offices at the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of California Los Angeles utilized foundational research on student-initiated retention projects (SIRPs) to develop programming strategies to increase retention and academic success of historically underrepresented students (students of color, women, LGBTQ, low-income, 1st generation, student parents, students with disabilities, international students, and veterans). This session will include the sharing of personal reflections from 2 current CU Boulder undergraduate students, what are SIRPs, methods to build inclusive communities, and how SIRPs have challenged the institution’s diversity and social justice work. This session will also allow participants to critically reflect on their own work and working relationships with historically underrepresented students and student staff in order to begin creating or enhancing retention and academic success programming. By enhancing your working relationships with your student staff, you begin to help them develop their personal knowledge, skills and social networks, open opportunities for them to build community they need, incorporate inclusive excellence in your program, and challenge social and institutional norms.