Read the article on The Minnesota Daily.
This week, an article in The Minnesota Daily explores how The University of Minnesota Board of Regents partnered with YOU at College to bring on YOU at UMN at a system-wide initiative to support student well-being and success. In the article, UMN administrators discuss why the YOU platform was the right fit to provide comprehensive, upstream support to their students, as well as how the partnership is building better connections to campus through 24/7 access to campus resources. Read an excerpt of the article below and be sure to check out the piece on the MN Daily website.
“Students have been asking for a centralized place to find all the mental health services and resources for the past several years,” Towle said.
Stephenson said it is important that students can find all these resources in one place.
“When we did listening sessions with students, the distance between knowing that there were great resources available and finding and connecting with those resources was huge,” Stephenson said.
Towle said an important group her team has worked closely with is the Faculty Consultative Committee to train professors on YOU@UMN. Ideally, she said, every faculty member would hold up their cell phones in the classroom and show students how to access the platform themselves.
“We wanted to make sure we had faculty buy in and support as they are concerned about student mental health and want to have resources to share with students,” Towle said. “We need faculty to have an easy ‘one stop’ place to access all mental health resources for their students.”
Stephenson and Towle said they hope the platform can be a tool that will overall help guide students to leading healthier, well-rounded lives.