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Mental Health

Gratitude and Resilience

The start of this semester feels different. Though it would be too quick to say the pandemic is behind us, there is new life and energy on campus this fall. As is often the case at SLU, I looked across my classroom on the first day and saw students I’ve known since their first year […]

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Mental Health Reader Question

Reader Question: First Day of Class

I got a great question from one of our colleagues about starting the semester. This colleague mentioned how Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs Evelyn Jennings emailed very helpful tips at the start of the semester in previous years and was wondering how–if at all–these types of tips might work as we come out of the […]

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Mental Health

Covid, Ambiguous Loss, Normalcy

Recently, I’ve had a lot of conversations about whether fall 2022 would be a “normal” semester. What this conversation often turns on is whether accommodations made during the pandemic–giving students more flexibility, adjusting our expectations for attendance, etc.–will be needed again this fall. As I reflect on this issue, I appreciate Pauline Boss’s research on […]

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Mental Health Purpose of Teaching

Teaching and Tragedy

Tragedy has become the new normal for teachers and professors. Children are murdered in schools, unarmed black Americans are murdered by the state, students die by suicide, extreme weather events kill and displace countless people, Asian Americans and trans people are violently harassed, threatened, and killed. And this list isn’t even close to being exhaustive. […]