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Embracing New Students and Building a Supportive College Culture

Embracing New Students and Building a Supportive College Culture

Published: Tuesday, June 6, 2023

As a new batch of students prepared to embark on their academic journey, the college geared up to provide them with a comprehensive 3-day orientation program. The orientation schedule was set to optimize the students' time and ensure they are aware of all the exciting opportunities and support available to them at the College of Allied Health.

By participating in these sessions, faculty members familiarized themselves with the language and concepts that will be addressed throughout the year. This common understanding enabled them to engage more effectively with the new students, providing guidance and support as they navigate their educational and personal journeys. Additionally, a similar orientation is planned for new arrivals in August, ensuring continuity and alignment across campuses.The orientation also aimed at promoting emotional intelligence and focused on student development. Recognizing the significance of emotional intelligence in personal and professional growth, each student received a copy of the book "Emotional Intelligence 2.0" by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves. This resource will serve as a foundation for a series of students development sessions organized by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs throughout the year. The collaboration between faculty and the OASA office was vital in shaping the attitudes and behaviors expected from future healthcare professionals. Faculty input and involvement in the student development sessions contributed to creating a college culture that fosters mutual support and enables students to mature and thrive.

During the orientation, students were assigned to table groups consisting of nine students and one faculty facilitator. These groups were deliberately mixed to encourage interprofessional collaboration, as students from different campuses and various professions come together. This approach recognizes the importance of interdisciplinary teamwork and prepares students for the diverse healthcare environments they will encounter in their careers. One of the sessions focused on helping students understand their own identities through the Five Voices model led by Alan Spies, R.Ph., J.D., M.B.A., Ph.D., P.C.C. using the framework of emotional intelligence, students will explore their levels of self-awareness and their ability to understand others in different situations.

Faculty members contributed to the growth and development of the students, ensuring they acquire the attitudes and behaviors necessary for success in the healthcare profession. By fostering a mutually supportive environment, the college can empower students to overcome challenges and flourish on their professional journeys.