Brown Bag Lunch Series


Brown Bag Lunch Series on The Crossroads of Student Success: Academics, Wellness and Engagement

Spring 2017 Schedule

All lunches are from 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Steele Conference Room (Room 3020)

February 17 – Supporting Students Struggling with Substance Abuse
with Frank Allison,  Program Coordinator of Recovery Initiatives, Student Wellness

Many students experiment and struggle with alcohol and drugs while in college. Misuse of alcohol and drugs can significantly detract from college students’ abilities to thrive academically, emotionally and socially. The office of Student Wellness offers several support services and resources for students who may be struggling with substance abuse. This session will explore the current scope of issues with alcohol and other drugs on our campus, how to support students who may be struggling with substances, students’ transition to treatment and back, as well as exciting new programs at the Carolina Recovery Program in Student Wellness.

March 31 – Linguistic Diversity
with Becky Butler, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics and ESL Specialist in the Writing Center, and Katya Pertsova, Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics

Although the way people speak is tied to all other aspects of their identity, dialect and accent do not readily come to mind when we think about what diversity means. However, assumptions and biases that educators and administrators hold toward certain dialects can have both covert and overt ramifications on student performance and success. Attendees at this Brown Bag Lunch will work together to explore their own beliefs about language, to consider their individual roles and the role of the institution in supporting linguistic diversity, and to learn some fun grammatical facts about a selection of dialects represented at UNC. This work is supported through a Thrive@Carolina grant.

(See the presentation.)

April 21 – Encouraging Safety and Inclusion at Carolina Under Title IX
with Katie Nolan, Title IX Compliance Coordinator, Adrienne Allison, Title IX Associate Coordinator, and Ew Quimbaya-Winship, Report and Response Coordinator in the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office

Students need to feel safe to thrive in college. In order to create a safer and more inclusive campus, the University has made a concerted effort over the past several years to better address issues of sexual harassment, discrimination and violence on our campus under Title IX. Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) are two of the federal laws that are focused on providing safe, inclusive, and welcoming learning and work environments on campus. Specifically, Title IX prohibits sex discrimination and sexual harassment. This session will provide an update about the University’s approach to these issues. This session will also provide guidance on how to help students and colleagues who experience gender-based harassment or violence, including how to identify prohibited conduct, seek support following incidents, and report such conduct.

Bring a friend!

For further information or requests for future topics, contact:

Andrea Caldwell, The Academic Advising Program,

Candice Powell, Office of Undergraduate Education,

Maureen Windle, Counseling and Psychological Services,

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