University of La Verne: Psychosocial Well-Being Initiative Grant

Psychosocial Well-Being Initiative Grant

Under this grant project, the University of La Verne planned the implementation of a Sophomore Seminar experience as part of its La Verne Experience initiative. This was to be a course offered in a seminar style format with a small student cohort that extends the curricular experience into the co-curricular.  The course was to be facilitated by a full-time faculty member who was assisted by a peer student drawn from the Junior or Senior class. The ideal was to scaffold onto the Freshman La Verne Experience by expanding the student experience beyond the classroom and integrating opportunities for personal and social responsibility with relationship building between students, peer, faculty, and the community at large. Ultimately it was expected that the seminar would build on the values of the university while encouraging an appreciation for the co-curricular. It was also expected to provide a safe space for students to identify and develop their strengths and creativity, while they learned how to practice the art of leveraging their unique talents; in short the seminar was expected to offer a transformative experience directed toward a budding wholeness. 

Primary Investigators: Kat Weaver, Director of La Verne Experiencekweaver@laverne.edu, and Felicia Beardsley, Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, fbeardsley@laverne.edu. 

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