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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

Upholding Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Ed: A Discussion with Upswing Partners
February 21, 2024 at 12pm ET

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.

Register today to take advantage of this opportunity to engage in a thought-provoking discussion with fellow administrators committed to empowering students from diverse backgrounds and promoting a sense of belonging.

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How Upswing's Holistic Solutions Help Non-Traditional Students Graduate
February 28, 2024 at 12pm ET

In today’s day and age, academic support alone just isn’t enough. During this demonstration, you’ll learn about the transformative role holistic solutions play in supporting nontraditional students on their journey to graduation. We’ll dive into the innovative approaches and comprehensive support Upswing offers to address the unique schedules and demands of today’s students.

Join us to explore the tools that can make a difference in helping nontraditional students not only persist but thrive on their path to graduation.

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How Empathy at Scale Helps Admins Better Support Students
March 19, 2024 at 12pm ET

In this webinar, we’ll explore how Upswing’s human-powered AI SMS assistant, Ana, is revolutionizing the way administrators support students by delivering personalized encouragement, empathy, and valuable resources directly to students through text messaging. You’ll learn how Ana’s empathetic responses in real-time contribute to a sense of connection and understanding, addressing the individual needs and concerns of each student. You’ll also discover how Ana’s capabilities enable administrators to extend empathy at scale, reaching a larger number of students and ensuring that no one feels left behind.

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Engage and Increase Student Usage with Ana
March 26, 2024 at 12pm ET

During this demonstration, you will learn how Upswing’s human-powered, AI SMS assistant, Ana, can help your institution engage students and boost the utilization of campus resources. Through data and real-life student messages, you will also gain insights into: • How Ana provides personalized support via text messaging, tailoring recommendations based on their individual needs and academic journeys

• How Ana fosters a sense of connection with students, promoting engagement and creating a supportive environment

• Best practices for administrators in using Ana to communicate with students effectively

• How Ana can be leveraged to highlight and promote various campus resources, including academic support services, counseling, career guidance, and more, encouraging students to take advantage of available opportunities.

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Upswing & BetterMynd: Addressing the Mental Health Disparity Among LGBTQIA+ Students
April 18, 2024 at 12pm ET

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

Register today for this unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of mental health disparities among LGBTQIA+ students and explore collaborative solutions for a more supportive and affirming educational environment.

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Improve Mental Health & Student Retention
April 25, 2024 at 12pm ET

During this demonstration, we’ll discuss the crucial intersection of mental health and student retention. We’ll explore how Upswing’s partnership with BetterMynd is revolutionizing student support by offering accessible 1:1 teletherapy and crisis intervention.

By attending this demonstration, you will:

• Learn more about Upswing and BetterMynd’s collaborative efforts to enhance student well-being

• Learn more about the benefits of 1:1 teletherapy and crisis intervention in a university setting through real data

•Discover the impact of mental health on student retention and academic success

Register today for valuable insights into creating a campus culture that prioritizes mental health and ultimately contributes to higher student retention rates.

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Past Events

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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