The Summer Institute 2021
The annual Summer Institute faculty professional development event is hosted by the Undergraduate Education office and gathers educators from three programs:
- Inclusive Excellence grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
- Pathways to General Education
- First Year Experiences
Participants at the 2021 Summer Institute will engage with student perspectives, identities, sense of belonging, and day-to-day experience in this turbulent and challenging time. With help from campus partners, expert keynote speakers, and our student voices, attendees will explore how to support student success at the individual, course, program, and university levels, while also attending to their own growth and wellness.
We create psychological worlds for each other—worlds of meaning, selves, identity, and belonging. These worlds shape not only our psychological experience, but our performance, well-being, and health. These worlds unfold over time, and they can persist far into the future.
My research examines these worlds: how they are created in important life settings, such as through institutional messages and practices, and their consequences along a wide array of outcomes ranging from subjective experience (e.g., well-being, belonging), to achievement (e.g., grades), to relationships (e.g., close friends), to health (e.g., gene expression). In the tradition of Kurt Lewin, a primary way I investigate these worlds is through psychological intervention. By helping broaden who people feel they are or can be in a given setting, I simultaneously advance psychological theory, elucidate psychological dimensions of major social issues, and develop new, theory-based ways to improve individual and community life. Because inequality is endemic to many institutional contexts, my research on affecting institutional change to improve opportunity, success, and well-being also seeks to advance equity and inclusion.
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Questions? Contact Joan Hawsey, Administrative Assistant for Undergraduate Education and Inclusive Excellence Program Coordinator, at 540-231-3580.