Guiding Frameworks

Strengths Based

Building on the inherent strengths and talents that student's bring with them into the university setting. 

- Laurie A. Schreiner, 2005, NACADA Journal

Identifying Strengths

Growth Mindset

"The understanding that abilities and intelligence can be developed"

Carol Dweck, 

The mindset campaign

Sense of Belonging

"Sense of belonging is, at the most basic level, whether or not students feel respected, valued, accepted, cared for, included, and that they matter, in the classroom, at college, or in their chosen career path."


Terrell Strayhorn, 2012

Sense of Belonging Campaign

Critical Race Theory (CRT)

Increasing awareness of systemic racial inequities using Critical Race Theory (CRT) creates opportunity for people in power to engage in socially conscious action and decision-making within higher education.

Critical Race Theory


Micro-affirmations and micro-aggressions can greatly impact the institutional environment.  By affirming students and creating a more welcoming environment we can help students succeed.  

Taxonomy of Micro Affirmations