Teaching for Student Well-Being Program

The Spring 2024 Teaching for Student Well-Being Program runs on May 9 and 10 and is open to all who teach at the University of Minnesota.

Enrollment is open

Program Overview

Ever feel like you’ve had superb training in your discipline, but little preparation for the student mental health challenges facing educators today? Or that you’d like a chance to discuss in-depth how course design and teaching practices affect student well-being and learning? This two session online program is for faculty and instructional staff within the University of Minnesota System who wish to explore the answers to these questions.

The format consists of both content to be delivered to participants as well as regular forms of interactivity between participants or with the facilitator. No preparation is necessary for any given session. In alignment with the President’s and Provost’s focus on student mental health as a top public health issue, by the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify/examine institutional and individual expectations around supporting student mental health.
  • Recognize the key role instructors play in student mental health.
  • Adopt effective strategies to prevent unnecessary stress without compromising academic rigor and provide reasonable accommodations for all students, including those with mental health challenges.

Program Details

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Format & Participation Options

  • Blended using Canvas and two online presentations/discussions with synchronous or asynchronous participation options.
  • Attend meetings synchronously from 9:00 -11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2024 and 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 10, 2024.
  • If you are unable to attend the live meetings, you will be given the option to participate asynchronously by viewing the recorded sessions at your convenience and posting a 1-2 paragraph reflection on Canvas. Links to the recordings will be sent to all participants within 1-2 business days of the live meeting.

Successful completion 

Those who participate in both modules, either synchronously or asynchronously, will receive a letter of completion following their participation in the program.

Schedule/Tentative Topics

Details on how to join the Zoom meetings will be shared with registered participants closer to the start of the program.

Module Topic Date
1 Welcome; Responding to Student Distress; Supportive Anti-Racist Strategies; Diversity, Equity, Access, Inclusion and Student Mental Health May 9, 9 - 11:00 a.m.
2 Talking with a Student about Mental Health; Responding Effectively to Student Suicidality; Self-Care for You and Your Students; Wrap-up May 10, 9 - 11:00 a.m.

Program Enrollment

Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis and will be capped at 60 participants. Early registration is encouraged.

Enrollment is open

Accessibility & Accommodation Requests and General Questions

Accessibility & Accommodation Requests

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. Please contact the Center for Educational Innovation (cei@umn.edu) to request accommodations or discuss access needs (e.g. interpreting, captioning, large print, image descriptions, material format, etc.) Whenever possible, please submit requests for real-time captioning, interpreting, and material formatting at least two weeks in advance. Requests made after that point cannot be guaranteed.


If you have questions about the Teaching for Student Well-Being Program, please contact Deb Wingert.