Don't Cancel That Class Initiative
Are you expecting to miss one or more of your classes this semester due to a professional or personal reason? Instead of canceling class, consider the Don't Cancel That Class Initiative.
This initiative is a collaboration between campus partners; to offer various workshops centered around holistic student success, focusing on learning strategies, overall health and well-being, and financial wellness. Currently, this collaboration is among The Student Success Center,
Student Counseling and Wellness, Onestop, and Equity, Diversity, and Intercultural Programs. We invite you to look at the respective offices' workshop offerings and fill out their form directly. Someone from that particular office will contact you and facilitate a workshop in your class.
Workshop Offerings & Request Forms
The Student Success Center
The Student Success Center Workshop Offerings
Available for online/remote workshop offerings. Capacity may be limited, but we will do our best to fulfill workshop requests!
There is often discussion about the role of critical thinking in higher education. However, how often do students take time to analyze their definition of critical thinking and methods to improve critical thinking skills? This workshop will give students the opportunity to define critical thinking, evaluate their current strategies, and actively engage in critical thinking.
Brain Based Learning and Growth Mindset
This workshop will consider research about the impacts of Brain-Based Learning and Growth Mindset on student achievement. Students will interact with strategies that demonstrate how to apply Brain-Based Learning and Growth Mindset across disciplines.
Making the most of study groups
Working in groups can help students engage with the material at a deeper level and hear multiple perspectives. This workshop will examine strategies to effectively plan a group study or discussion session and consider theories which support learning through group work.
Many students discuss procrastination as a barrier to achieving their goals in any given class. This workshop will allow students to analyze reasons for procrastination and specific strategies to curb their procrastination.
Student Counseling and Wellness
Student Counseling and Wellness Workshop Offerings
Available to for in person and online workshops.
Facilitator: Jeanne Williamson, LICSW
Mindfulness 101 will review Mindfulness as a concept and skill and several mindfulness practices will be practiced in the class session. Mindfulness is defined as: Paying attention, on purpose, in the moment, nonjudgmentally. Mindfulness can help individuals manage stress, gain perspective, experience emotions versus avoiding them, and relate to the world more effectively.
Strategies for Everyday Wellness
Facilitator: Jeanne Williamson, LICSW
Strategies for Everyday Wellness will introduce students to several concepts and skills to address wellness from a holistic view. The class will start by reviewing stress and the stress response, have discussions around this and then complete a self-care plan for that week. They will also learn and practice breathing exercises, chair yoga and review a brief introduction to positive psychology and practice 3 good things. Can be adjusted/modified as requested.
Stress Management 101
Facilitator: Bridget Joos, MS, LPC
This session will focus on what stress is, how to recognize both negative and positive stress, and how pinpointing symptoms of stress will give you an opportunity to manage it better. Participants will leave the workshop with practical strategies to utilize in managing stress levels. Learn and practice strategies to reduce stress and anxiety through breathing and visualization. This program is designed to give the participant simple techniques to use in short amounts of time.
Healthy Relationships 101
Facilitator: Bridget Joos, MS, LPC
Healthy Relationships will help students identify the dynamics of healthy versus unhealthy relationships, and explore the best ways to communicate, appropriate boundaries and support as they navigate the difficulty of new or ongoing relationships as a college student. It will also explore how to navigate the ending of relationships.
Red Flag Campaign
The Red Flag Campaign is a public awareness campaign that addresses dating violence and sexual assault on college campuses. The campaign uses a positive strategy to help promote healthy relationships. That is, the focus is on bystander intervention. It encourages people to "say something" if they see "red flags" or warning signs of abuse, or sexual violence in friend's relationships.
Facilitator: Lexi Cournoyer
Sodexo Dietitian, Lexi Cournoyer presents Nutrition 101- an overview of basic, holistic nutrition for college students. This workshop has less general availability so please allow more time and flexibility for this request.
Learn about sleep basics, sleep tips that are evidenced based and get some sleep goodies for your class from Morris Let's Thrive. Usually a 30-45 minute topic but can make any length requested.
One Stop Workshop Offerings
Available for synchronous in person or online workshops
Financial Wellness Today for a Better Tomorrow
This workshop will provide students with an overview of financial wellness as it pertains to college and life after. Students will be given an introduction to student loans, mindful borrowing, and student employment. The workshop will also explain the importance of creating a four-year plan and the basics of creating a budget.
Custom Financial Wellness Workshop
Equity, Diversity, and Intercultural Programs
Available for in person and online workshop offerings
The Diverse LGBTQIA2S+ Communities
Even in the last few years, a lot has changed for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender queer, intersex, asexual, and Two-Spirit communities. This workshop introduces students to the diverse LGBTQIA2S+ students in the context of higher education. We’ll focus on LGBTQIA2S+ college students, current challenges and successes, and ways to be allies.
International Students and International Education
International students bring a global perspective to the campus, which positively impacts everyone preparing them for a more global society. This workshop introduces students to the diverse experiences of international students, role of international education, current challenges and successes, and ways to be allies.
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)
BIPOC communities have a long history at UMN Morris. The communities significantly contribute in many aspects of UMN Morris. This workshop introduces students to the diverse experiences of BIPOC communities, current challenges and successes, and ways to be allies.
Native American and Indigenous People and Cultures
There is great diversity within the Native American and Indigenous people. Additionally, UMN Morris has an important history as a Boarding School, which makes us accountable to continued advocacy and education today. Specific attention will be to the MN tribes in this region. This workshop introduces students to the University’s history, cultural traditions and spirituality, current challenges and successes, and ways to be allies.
“Nothing About Us Without Us” – Understanding Disabled Students Experiences, Identity, and Culture
Disabled students are increasingly enrolling in higher education. With the approach that disabled students are part of diversity work and should have representation, we will introduce ideas around the disabled college student identity, current community building efforts, current challenges and successes, and ways to be allies.