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Supporting Student Success in College through a Focus on Holistic Wellness

Dr. Jeffrey Orgera, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Retention and Success at UC San Diego leads a team of professional staff that provides an increasingly diverse student population with opportunities that focus on intellectual, social, and emotional well-being.  Using a wrap-around networked approach that includes staff, students, and counseling professionals the team is focused on normalizing and supporting the dynamic process of transitioning and thriving in college.  The foundation for the work includes engaging strategies that validate the intersectional identities of college students while creating a greater sense of belonging as a springboard to success.  Through a comprehensive system the student retention and success team uses common experiences, peer mentoring and coaching, text messages, and faculty and staff to build a community that celebrates and supports the success of students.  By emphasizing that all students bring assets and strengths to college, Dr. Orgera’s team teaches students how to leverage their strengths and unique identity (first generation, underrepresented, low-income, veteran, undocumented, international, foster youth, transfer, etc) to stretch, take risks, and seek support from others to ensure they connect with high impact learning opportunities and develop the skills to be a leader.


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ACCA Members in the News

Janelle Johnson is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article Colleges Use Technology to Help Students Manage Mental Health, October 5, 2018.


Lisa Adams is quoted in the Washington Post article College Students are forming mental-health clubs - and they're making a difference.
June 28, 2018

Lisa Adams is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article Flawed Judgement in Use of Force Against Students.
April 19, 2018

Lisa Adams is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article A World Without Depression.
April 3, 2018

Lisa Adams is quoted in the Time article Record Numbers of College Students Are Seeking Treatment for Depression and Anxiety - But Schools Can't Keep Up.
March 19, 2018

Lisa Adams is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article Moving Away from Charging for Counseling
February 7, 2018

Lisa Adams is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article Suicide Data
January 11, 2018

Lisa Adams is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article All by Myself
October 26, 2017

Lisa Adams is quoted in the Inside Higher Ed article Suicide Victims as Art Subjects
October 10, 2017

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