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  • Faculty Workshop

Course Planning with Social Belonging in Mind


Dr. Denise Leonard & Dr. Meg Gregory

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Danforth Campus
  • Breakfast will be served at 8:30am, workshop to follow

Event Description

Social belonging, “one’s personal belief that one is an accepted member of an academic community—[a person] whose presence and contributions are valued” is being recognized in research as a key component of student success and wellbeing in college classrooms (Good, Rattan, Dweck, 2012, p. 701). Yet, many factors can impede students’ sense of belonging. In this workshop, we will consider the role that social belonging plays in student motivation, persistence, and wellbeing. Together, we will reflect on reasons why students may not feel like they belong in a learning community. Then, we will explore concrete strategies for building a course from the ground up that supports social belonging among your students. You’ll have an opportunity consider social belonging in terms of your course’s learning goals, syllabus construction, and chosen content and materials. Faculty participants should come to the session with a course in mind that they’d like to workshop.

Breakfast and refreshments served at 8:30am. The workshop will run from 9:00 am to noon.

For questions about this workshop, please contact Dr. Denise Leonard at dleonard23@wustl.edu.


Registration for this workshop will open in July.