Thank you to all those who attended our conference on October 4, 2018. The edited conference recordings are available on our YouTube channel.
Crisis Management: Uncovering the Fourth Component of Student Success and Persistence
According to van der Zanden, Denessen, Cillessen, and Meijer (2018), there are three components of first-year student success: academic achievement, critical thinking skills, and social-emotional well-being. We propose a fourth component of student success and persistence - crisis management.
Recent events highlight a need for support of victims, families, uniformed personnel, and first responders’ well-being and access to services following a tragedy. In this session, two graduate students will describe how they are using their skills honed through Walden University to enact positive social change in their communities after mass casualty events in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Toronto, Canada.
This session explores the Polarities of Democracy Theory (POD) of positive social change in a scholar-practitioner’s work, tracing the experience of the presenters’ use of theory inside and outside academia.
Online students are often required to read and synthesize literature in their coursework. In this session, we examined ways in which synthesizing the research is not just a homework task, but is a skill that can be used to impact social change in a variety of settings. The benefits of research as well as an overview of how to effectively synthesize and share findings were discussed.