Our work groups are devoted to exploring the challenges that shape the various and complex experiences of students making the transition to college and the many ways that institutions can address and serve these needs. These groups bring together faculty, students, staff, and alumni to conduct research, plan academic lectures/trainings/seminars and develop tools and interventions that assist institutions of higher education across the nation.
Digital Lives Project
The Digital Lives Project leverages new media and social media to discuss and interface with students transitioning to higher education and the campus professionals who serve them. The working group oversees our digital engagement initiatives- exploring topics relevant to first-year experience, digital citizenship and cyber aggression, and student development.
Student Experience, Campus Climate and Transition
The Student Experience, Campus Climate and Transition work group is invested in fostering a genuinely inclusive and diverse campus for students, faculty, and professional staff. This group conducts research on the challenges facing students transitioning to higher education- particularly around the topics of bias, peer aggression and campus climate- and develops tools, interventions and research for campus professionals who serve them.
The Academic Initiatives team organizes an annual academic symposium, the Tyler Clementi Center Lecture Series and various academic initiatives that strengthen scholarship on the challenges of students transitioning in higher education, with a special emphasis on the topics of bias, peer aggression and campus climate in higher education.
The #Day1 campaign targets group environments including schools, universities, workplaces, and athletic programs, where bullying and discrimination is often a huge problem. The campaign encourages leaders within higher education such as faculty, staff and coaches, to intervene when they are witness to bias, intimidation or harassment.