Our goal is to collectively define, together, our goals for engaging first year students in our college. In the first discussion we heard several keywords:
Community building, sense of belonging, science identity, equity, and inclusion
Learning strategies, transition to college level learning (self-efficacy, metacognition)
Resources, wayfinding, and support network
Fostering curiosity, making connections, providing room for exploration of majors, goals, and careers
Assess and evaluate our efforts in each of the above.
We would like to invite additional conversations and sharing among the participants who attended and those who were not able to attend because of other commitments. Dates for these are below; we anticipate continued conversation in the fall semester: