This week concludes National Hispanic Heritage Month, and at Innovative Educators we took time this month for reflection, learning and celebration of the diversity across the Latinx community. In 2019, 21.7% of undergraduates were Latinx, the second largest ethnic group enrolled at the undergraduate level.
Boosting Latinx Student STEM Aspirations
How to Keep Latinx Students Involved on Campus
UNC Takes Mental Health Day in Wake of Student Suicide
On Tuesday the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill canceled classes so that students could observe a mental health day. The announcement was made after one student died by suicide and another attempted suicide the weekend prior. Student leaders from the undergraduate, graduate and professional student governments called for a pause in instruction Monday and Tuesday. The university has created both virtual and in-person opportunities this week to allow students, faculty and staff space to share experiences. In addition, UNC’s Chancellor announced the launching of Heels Care Network, a campus-wide campaign to promote and support mental health awareness.
In June 2020, one in four people aged 18 to 24 seriously contemplated suicide, according to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
With the start of the semester and more students on campus, colleges and universities are seeing an increased demand for routine health services and mental health services. Campus health centers are heavily involved in campus COVID response protocols, managing testing and case management. “We’re catching up with a lot of health-care concerns, both physical and mental health-care concerns, in addition to handling all of the visits for COVID concerns,” shared Cheryl Hug-English, medical director for the Student Health Center at the University of Nevada at Reno. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is reporting a 20% increase in student mental health visits over this time last year. Health centers are struggling to retain and recruit health care providers as staff members are leaving for other opportunities and reporting being overworked and fatigued.
This week the New York Times reports positive news for college students seeking jobs: hiring is surpassing pre-pandemic levels. “This year seniors and recent graduates are in great demand as white-collar employers staff up, with some job-seekers receiving multiple offers.” Much of the recruitment is still taking place virtually. Experts say this hiring boom underscores the economic premium for those with a college education versus prospective hires who only possess a high school diploma.
“We’ve seen a bifurcation in the labor market recovery. College graduates were less affected by job losses and have seen a faster rebound while people with high school diplomas or less witnessed a much more serious decline in employment opportunities during the Covid crisis.” - Gregory Daco, chief U.S. economist at Oxford Economics
NPR covered the outcome of the first trial from the “Varsity Blues” college admission scandal. Gamal Abdelaziz, a former casino executive, and John Wilson, a former Staples Inc. executive, were found guilty of buying their children acceptance into college as athletic recruits. Abdelaziz paid $300,000 to get his daughter into the University of Southern California as a basketball recruit despite the fact she had not made her high school team. Wilson paid “$220,000 to have his son designated as a USC water polo recruit and an additional $1 million to buy his twin daughters' ways into Harvard and Stanford.” They will be sentenced in February.
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October 15, 2021