Upswing Events
Upswing is committed to changing the world, one graduation at a time. We invite you to join us for one of our upcoming events, where we’ll bring you best practices in supporting student success, increasing engagement and driving retention.

Upcoming Events

Equity in Education 2024 Virtual Conference
June 11, 2024 from 11am-3pm ET

Join Upswing for Equity in Education 2024, a virtual conference for an enlightening exploration into the critical issue of equity in education. In today’s world, access to quality education remains uneven, creating disparities that perpetuate social and economic inequality. This virtual conference seeks to unravel the complexities surrounding equity in education and chart a path toward inclusive, empowering solutions. Click Register Now to see the full schedule of events, speakers, and panelists.

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Partnership in Practice 2024
June 25, 2024 from 1pm-3pm ET

Join Upswing as we dive deep into Upswing’s holistic student services platform and our engagement and belonging SMS tool, Ana. Upswing’s new partnership team will review how Upswing’s unique and proactive approach to student support improves engagement, persistence, and retention. Our HERO (Higher Education Retention Officer) team will also be joining to talk about what it’s really like to work with Upswing as they review the onboarding process and the ongoing support they provide to every admin, campus tutor, and student we work with.

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Past Events

Upswing & BetterMynd: Addressing the Mental Health Disparity Among LGBTQIA+ Students
April 18, 2024

Studies show that students who identify as LGBTQIA+ often struggle more with substance misuse, depression, suicidal ideation, stress and disengagement than their non-LGBTQIA+ peers. In this webinar, we will address the critical issue of mental health disparities among students who identify as LGBTQIA+ and explore innovative solutions to foster a more inclusive and supportive campus environment.

We will be joined by Tekhara Watson, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (she/her), who has extensive experience in the impact that marginalization has on a LGBTQIA+ individual and their mental health. Tekhara will be discussing:

• The unique mental health challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ students, including stigma, discrimination, and the impact of societal norms.

• How your campus can offer a safe space for LGBTQIA+ students to seek accessible and inclusive support

Navigating Intersecting Identities to Overcome Barriers to Student Success
March 26, 2024

In today’s diverse academic landscape, students bring with them a multitude of identities, including but not limited to race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and more. These intersecting identities often create unique challenges that can hinder academic achievement in the absence of tailored support resources. Throughout this webinar, we will explore the various barriers that students encounter as well as the importance of recognizing and addressing these barriers to create a more inclusive and supportive learning environment for all students. Teresa Caballero-Meehan, MPA, Academic Success Center Evening Coordinator of Richmond Community College, will join us to discuss her experience working with various student identities and the resources she finds to be most effective at reaching students on her campus.

Upholding Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Ed: A Discussion with Upswing Partners
February 21, 2024

In the face of challenges posed by recent Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) bans, college administrators are grappling with the pullback in diversity initiatives due to economic constraints. Throughout this webinar, we’ll explore effective approaches to navigate the challenges arising from DEI bans while proactively fostering an inclusive campus environment. We’ll be joined by a panel of Upswing partner schools that have successfully maintained diversity and inclusion initiatives on their campuses. They’ll discuss their experiences amid evolving regulations and economic pressures.

Coping With Anxious Thoughts
November 15, 2023

In this webinar, we’ll discuss coping with anxious thoughts. We’ll address the difference between stress and anxiety and how anxious thoughts might be impeding your success and impacting your overall quality of life. You’ll learn some grounding tools and when you should seek professional support.

The webinar will be hosted by Chloe Shaffer, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Illinois and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA) in Indiana. She obtained a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bradley University. Additionally, Chloe holds a credential as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She is passionate about working with anxiety or personality disorders and helping those with chronic pain. Chloe provides interventions from therapies to best match client needs such as CBT, ACT, solutions-focused, mindfulness, brain-based, and faith-based interventions. Chloe has served college students via BetterMynd since 2022.

Extending Mental Health for Holistic Student Support in Rural Communities
November 3, 2023

Coping with isolation, trauma, and uninvited change were the themes in mental health support for students during and after the pandemic. Have student mental health needs changed since the pandemic and a “return to normalcy”? Or have those needs been neglected under the pretense of accepting a “new normal”? Are these needs different in rural vs. urban communities?

A recent publication reported that suicide rates in rural communities are nearly twice as great as those in urban communities. During this webinar, we’ll talk to Kate Wolfe-Lyga from BetterMynd, Upswing’s mental health provider and partner as we discuss what mental health for holistic student support looks like today, on and off campuses in rural communities. Kate will share her insights on what BetterMynd’s mental health counselors are reporting from working with students all over the country.

From Insecurity to Success: Navigating the Not So Basic Needs of Nontraditional Students
September 27, 2023

Housing, food insecurity, and transportation issues are needs that we don’t often think about when it comes to student retention, but they are vital for student success. 1 in 3 college students are reported to deal with food insecurity. Nearly half of college students experience housing insecurity. All of these issues are concerns we hear every day supporting students through Ana, our virtual SMS student assistant.

During this webinar, we’ll review the basic needs that we’ve heard from the thousands of students who talk to Ana each day while also reflecting upon past interviews and conversations we’ve had with Upswing students. We’ll also invite our guest speaker Ulric Hill, Director of the Center for Academic Excellence at Durham Tech, to discuss how their community college is dealing with basic needs head-on by adding more resources on campus.

Time Management & Study Skills Workshop
September 14, 2023

In today’s fast-paced academic landscape, mastering time management and study skills is the key to excelling in college while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. This webinar will equip you with actionable strategies and practical tips to:

– Optimize your study routine to boost productivity
– Efficiently manage your time to tackle assignments, exams, and projects
– Overcome procrastination and stay motivated throughout the semester
– Utilize technology and resources to streamline your learning process
– Enhance note-taking techniques and active listening skills
– Create a study environment that fosters focus and concentration

Upswing Virtual Conference 2023: Equity in Education
June 15, 2023

Join us for a series of webinars designed to cover topics important to engaging, supporting, and retaining today’s students. Each webinar will feature an industry expert who will provide in-depth advice and answer questions so you can gain valuable insight to bring back to your campus. All webinars are free to attend. Professional development certificates will be available for attendees.

Student Graduation Stories: How Support and Belonging Helped Pave the Way to Graduation
April 27, 2023

It’s graduation time! That means it’s a time of celebration as well as reflection. Upswing has invited graduating seniors from different colleges and universities to share their personal graduation stories. These seniors will discuss what obstacles they had to face as well as what support, resources, and mentors they found most helpful along the way.

During this webinar, you’ll have the opportunity to ask these students questions about their experience so you can learn more about:

  • What resources were most impactful academically, socially, and holistically
  • How their schools created a sense of belonging and community
  • Their advice to future students like them

Unique Approaches to Supporting Black and Minority Male Students through Graduation
February 23, 2023

Dr. Adrian Haugabrook, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Social Impact Collective at Southern New Hampshire University, and Melvin Hines, CEO of Upswing, discuss how to re-engage stopped out students. In honor of Black History Month, they discuss Dr. Haugabrook’s experience re-engaging Black and minority male students and how those lessons can be applied to other students as well. In this webinar, you will learn about:

  • The needed resources and support for increasing persistence among Black male students
  • Ways in which non-HBCU institutions can foster the level of community many Black male students are seeking while in college

This is a great conversation for anyone interested in learning more about equity in higher education. Please enjoy!

Lessons Learned From a Decade of Online Tutoring
January 31, 2023

Upswing’s Tutoring and Operations Specialist, Shane Cronin, shares his experience and best practices as an online tutor and tutoring manager. Shane is joined by veteran Upswing online tutors who also share their experience tutoring thousands of students virtually. By watching this webinar, you will learn more about:

  • How to create more connections and continuity between on-campus and online tutoring
  • How to create trust and increase engagement with online tutoring
  • How online tutoring can increase early intervention opportunities with more students

This is a compelling deep dive into how to effectively run tutoring programs in higher education. Enjoy the video!

Using Upswing to Drive Academic Success for Targeted Student Groups at N.C. A&T
November 2022

Three Effective Tools for Increasing Hispanic Student Success
September 2022

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