‘Stressing’ Academic Success – Campus conversations focused on student mental health

The forum provided a way for campus community stakeholders to address our grand challenge: To create an university environment where students, faculty and staff can thrive and reach their full academic potential. Nearly 200 University of Minnesota leaders, faculty, staff and students representing academic and administrative units and student organizations participated in this all-day forum. The number of bold ideas, strategies and action plans generated to address stress, mental health and foster success was remarkable.

The Provost’s Committee on Student Mental Health organized this day to:
• provide a participative forum for all stakeholders to engage in the strategic conversation;
• strengthen campus-wide relationships; and
• generate strategies to foster and support true mental health and advance student success.

Attendees had multiple opportunities to connect with others in meaningful conversations. In
the morning World Cafe conversations, we focused our collective attention on the issues, connected ideas to find deeper insights, and generated bold ideas that create forward movement and action. In the afternoon ProAction Cafe, we focused in on the strategies and some of those bold ideas and generated action plans for supporting true mental health and advancing student success.

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