Research suggests a strong connection between a student’s sense of belonging to their campus and classes and higher academic achievement (for references, see below). In a short video presentation of “Networking at LaGuardia” and “LaGuardians at Night,” two engagement events created by the CTL’s Student Success Team, Peer Advisors Gurleen Kaur and Salwa Quhshi share their approaches to building a learning community of support, security, and acceptance. Drawing upon personal and professional experiences, Gurleen and Salwa identify campus organizations and resources designed to generate emotional and intellectual well-being across LaGuardia. Representing our high-achieving, community-oriented team of Peer Advisors, Gurleen and Salwa invite faculty and staff to view their presentation and share its success-building resources with students and colleagues.
Johnson, Elin. “Students’ Sense of Belonging Varies by Identity, Institution.” Inside Higher Ed. https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/01/02/minority-students-sense-place-higher-two-year-four-year-institutions January 2, 2020
Martinez, Edward F. and Patricia Munsch. “Developing a Sense of Belonging in Community College Students.” About Campus 24, no.5 (Nov-Dec 2019): 30-34.
Ohio University Division of Diversity and Inclusion. “Fostering A Sense of Belonging and Community.” https://www.ohio.edu/diversity/fostering-belonging