Points of Pride | Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

Division-wide

  • Conducted several large-scale surveys and assessment efforts this year, including the College Student Health Survey (40.4% response rate), the AAU survey (35% response rate) and the 2018 Employer Survey.
  • Partnered with PEN America, a New York-based human rights literary organization, to facilitate a workshop series on free speech, hate speech, and the future of the campus community at the University which was attended by 143 participants.
  • Continued involvement on the President’s Initiative to Prevent Sexual Misconduct.
  • Generated more than 100 media mentions and over 35 presenters at local, regional, national and international conferences.

Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education

Aurora Center for Advocacy & Education

  • Completed a federal grant project with ThinkSelf and Cornerstone Advocacy Service/Day One to create collaborative services delivery and ensure access for deaf and hard of hearing persons who experience sexual misconduct.

Boynton Health

Boynton Health

  • Celebrated 100 years of service as the primary public health and primary care service for the University since 1918.
  • Received a President's Volunteer Service award for Pet Away Worry & Stess (PAWS) initiatives.
  • Became the first health service in the country to fully cover the cost of HPV (Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations for eligible students.
  • Administered over 23,000 flu shots on-campus this year including a large increase (30%) for patients being seen at Boynton Health.
  • Maintained access to the Mental Health Clinic with no waitlist since Spring 2016 with a 13.6% projected increase in mental health visits for 2018-19.

Care Program

Care Program

  • Hired a new Care Manager to be joining the program in June.
  • Increased the number of students supported by 10% from last year.

Career & Internship Services

Career & Internship Services

  • Organized seven career fairs this past year in support of students throughout 26 majors.
  • Heather Nagle was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Minnesota Career Development Association.
  • Offered 22 sections of career and internship courses this past year.

Career Services Administration

Career Services Administration

  • Hosted two employer educational webinars on managing successful internships and hiring international students, attended by 449 employers and viewed an additional 230 times on YouTube.
  • Created an educational document for students concerning sexual harassment during internships.
  • Transitioned from GoldPASS to the Handshake platform, driving a 208% increase in job volume from Fall 2017-18.

Fraternity & Sorority Life

Fraternity & Sorority Life

  • Assistant Director, Liz Cadwell, presented at the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) conference in Boston.
  • The Greek communities' grade point average continues to be higher than the all-undergraduate student average.
  • The Interfraternity Council (IFC) became one of the first councils in the nation to implement a hard alcohol ban for the IFC community, thus creating a safer social culture in the community.

Leadership Enrichment Programs

Leadership Enrichment Programs

  • Engaged 200 participants in five different leadership development programs, including the Student Leadership Summit, First-Year Leadership Institute, Leadership in Careers, Global Undergraduate Leadership Program, and the Tom Burnett Advanced Leadership Program.
  • Celebrated the First-Year Leadership Institute's 10th year, with a participation total of 255 first-year students over the past decade.
  • Celebrated the Tom Burnett Advanced Leadership Program's 14th year, with a participation total of 178 students.

Leadership Minor

Leadership Minor

  • Offered over 85 class sections, comprised of 35 instructors from different units across campus and multiple organizations in the community.
  • Enrolled over 1900 students and celebrated the graduation of over 200.
  • Recruited eight new faculty members and instructors from academic units to join the program's teaching cohort.
  • The Mentor Program served 20 mentor/mentee pairs and developed a partnership with the YMCA equity innovation center.
  • Hosted an Open House, attended by 200 students, instructors, campus partners and alumni at the 10 Church Street office location.

Off-Campus Living

Off-Campus Living

  • Partnered with Pack & Give Back to welcome more than 3,000 student shoppers to the Free Store (hosted at 883 29th Ave SE) and the Pop-Up Free Stores during Welcome Week and the first week of classes to provide reused and recycled items collected from students during spring move-out to reduce curbside waste.

Office for Community Standards

Office for Community Standards

  • Recruited 28 volunteers for the Academic Integrity Matters (AIM) Program.
  • Held 33 AIM community meetings.
  • Served 139 students in the AIM program.

Parent & Family Program

Parent & Family Program

  • Hosted families, friends and guests to honor seven students at the 2019 Northern Stars Student Remembrance Event.
  • Launched a new Parent & Family Program website to provide additional support for families.  
  • Collaborated with Orientation and Transition Experiences and President's Emerging Scholars to create additional outreach programming for families of first-generation students.  
  • Communicated regularly with over 40,000 family members of students via newsletters, emails, phone calls and social media.

Student Advocate Services

Student Advocate Services

  • Effectively transitioned the role of the Advocates from Student Conflict Resolution Center into the newly formed unit, Student Advocate Services.
  • Increased caseload by 102% from the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Created an assessment identifying the program's ability to assist students in development utilizing OSA's Student Development Outcomes.

Student Conflict Resolution Center

Student Conflict Resolution Center

  • Celebrated 50 years of providing service to students with University-based concerns and complaints.

Student Counseling Services

Student Counseling Services

  • Launched Let's Talk in six locations across campus with nine counselors to support students who have mental health needs in partnership with the Care Program and RecWell.
  • Launched the Mental Health Collective of Indigenous and People of Color by providing a monthly meeting space for students, staff, and faculty from IPOC identities to come together to discuss mental health issues and the wellbeing in our communities.
  • Student Academic Success Services (SASS) coaches met with 260 students and have held 370 coaching appointments.
  • SASS increased enrollment by over 100 students, due to the addition of online courses and classes serving as an intervention for the Fostering Academic Resilience (FAR) probation initiative within OUE.

Student Legal Service

Student Legal Service

  • Senior staff attorney, Linda Aaker, handled an asylum case for a student and received the rare ruling in which the student was granted asylum.
  • Senior attorney, William Dane, received the Elizabeth Streeter Community Service Award at the NLADA annual conference in July 2018. The award recognizes contributions to the legal community, social justice and equality.
  • Director, Mark Karon, was elected president of the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association.

Student Parent HELP Center

Student Parent HELP Center

  • Awarded $66,000 from Viking Anthony Barr's organization, Raise the Barr, to be used to fund a long-range program evaluation of SPHC programs and outcomes conducted by Wilder Research.
  • Invited to join the Aspen Institute's Ascend Two Gen Network.

Student Unions & Activities

Student Unions & Activities

  • Highlighted organizations and departments across the St. Paul campus during the St. Paul Destination Discovery event, in partnership with the Bell Museum, Raptor Center, College of Continuing and Professional Studies, Goldstein Museum of Design, and many others. 
  • Celebrated the Whole's 50th Anniversary with over 160 students, alumni and community members with three days of music commemorating the past, future and present of the venue.

University Recreation & Wellness

University Recreation & Wellness

  • Continued growth in Adaptive Recreation with dedicated programming events such as wheelchair basketball, goalball, and seated volleyball.
  • Announced the Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center as the host site for the 2020 U.S Paralympic Swimming and Diving Trials.
  • Successfully created and implemented "Football 101" targeting new and returning international students introducing the game of American Football and the development of University of Minnesota Gopher sports/school spirit in partnership with International Student and Scholar Services and Intercollegiate Athletics.
  • Established a departmental mentorship program for mid-level managers and entry-level staff to enhance professional development.