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Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2021

CUMU Learning and Sharing Virtual Series - 'Addressing Basic Needs through Bridge-Building Cross-Campus' - Today

Please join the Civic and Community Engagement Office for the webinar "Addressing Basic Needs through Bridge-Building Cross-Campus," featuring Susan Larkin and Heather Campbell from Virginia Wesleyan University, today, November 2, from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. This event is presented by the CUMU Learning and Sharing Virtual Series and is free to members of the Buffalo State College community. 

Virginia Wesleyan University has been striving to develop more holistic and structured support for students with a variety of needs. In August, VWU piloted its WesBridge Program to help meet some basic student needs. The goal for the program is to bring at-risk students to campus ahead of the fall semester and have them complete coursework; develop skills to help them succeed academically; build a cohort; and build relationships with faculty, staff, and student mentors to connect and become comfortable with the campus and surrounding community.

The pilot year of this program has yielded some good successes and also provided useful lessons for the program going forward. They have already begun recruiting for the 2022 program, which will feature some substantial changes. This session will discuss the partnership between Enrollment and Academic Affairs in building relationships with and providing support to students, the evolution of the program, successful strategies for building bridge programs, and challenges and opportunities that presented themselves.

Please register online for this event (scroll down) and any others in the series as you would like.

Submitted by: Naomi W. Hall