How The University of Arizona can welcome students 

Plan Events!

Plan events to welcome new and returning students within the first 30 days of the semester.  

Submit to the Wildcat Welcome Calendar 

 

Encourage students to get involved outside of the first 30 days by hosting events, or helping students get connected to clubs,  and organizations.  Students thrive academically and socially when they are more connected to the University of Arizona.  

Request Sense of Belonging & Growth Mindset Materials

Student Success & Retention Innovation has a variety of Belonging & Growth Mindset materials available to anyone on campus to give to students, or to help further  infuse both theories further into a department.  

Request Materials

Host inclusive events

When planning events work toward making them as inclusive as possible.

Things to consider:

What identities do folks hold that would make an event difficult to attend?  Is the cost prohibitive?  There are some resources below that can help plan an event that promotes belonging and inclusivity.  

Some Belonging Research

The focus on Belonging within Wildcat Welcome is on social belonging and further developing a culture of care and inclusion within the University of Arizona.   The readings below provide more information on belonging.  Many have literature reviews that can provide further information.   

 

How Colleges Can Cultivate Students’ Sense of Belonging

HBCUs Doing Something Right for KIPP Alumni

College Students' Sense of Belonging

School Belonging, Ethnic Identity, and Psychological Adjustment Among Ethnic Minority College Students

A Sense of Belonging Among College Students With Disabilities: An Emergent Theoretical Model