What is the UE Symposium?
The Undergraduate Experiences (UE) Symposium brings together faculty, staff, and students from across CU Denver to work collectively in a dynamic environment on curriculum, pedagogy, co-curriculum, and services to raise undergraduate learning, engagement, and success. The symposium brings in prominent speakers to inform us of national best practices in higher education reform and challenges us to adapt or surpass them in application to our own unique culture and students. Provost Rod Nairn attends, as often do the deans of each school/college. Working tables and breakout sessions generate proposals that lead to real actions that serve all undergraduates.
15th Annual UE Symposium // October 4, 2019
Symposium Theme | "Pathways to Academic Well-being - Purpose, Belonging, & Resilience"
Location | CU Denver Student Commons Bldg. 2500 / 8 AM - 2:30 PM
STUDENT WELL-BEING AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
is a significant body of national research on the benefits of fostering a
campus culture of wellness, a “well-being university,” as George Mason
University calls their ongoing institution-wide effort. Well-being is complex and multifaceted, including but not limited to wellness
that is physical, spiritual, emotional, social, environmental, and financial
(this list is from our own Wellness Center).
Each of these impinges
upon our students’ academic well-being, itself studied in terms of
concepts such as academic purpose, sense of belonging, growth mindset,
self-efficacy, trust, resilience, and flourishing, among others.3 Research
also shows that well-being is linked to crucial issues such as the quality of
learning, equity for underrepresented students, community engagement, civic
responsibility, degree completion, and success after college, not to mention
happiness and fulfilment in life.
keynote speaker in 2019 is Dr. Nance
Lucas, Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being,
George Mason University, and a widely read scholar on positive psychology,
leadership, and well-being. In addition, we will have “tED Talks” by seven or
more of our own faculty and staff, with associated breakout sessions, on topics
such as: Physical well-being; Stress management &
coping strategies such as mindfulness; Financial well-being; Teaching anxious/depressed students; Social
well-being, belonging, and diversity/inclusion; Fostering Student Resilience; and, Purpose
Registration has ended for this event, but a waiting list is available through Thursday, October 3. Contact Mary Baitinger for further details.