Professional Development

Student Success & Retention Innovation will periodically host events and activities for students, staff and faculty surrounding the SSRI frameworks and topics related to student success.

Getting the message: Using micro-messaging to enhance student success

Wednesday, September 15th @ 10am  

Sarah Kyte, PhD - Senior Research Scientist

As practitioners, many of us are in constant communication with students. Join us to learn about how and why your words matter and to learn better strategies for supporting others through effective micro-messaging. In this webinar, Dr. Sarah Kyte, Senior Research Scientist in Student Success and Retention Innovation (SSRI) will connect research to practice with real-world examples and hands-on activities. You’ll learn about the scholarly foundation for micro-messaging, including insights from her 2020 NACADA article with UArizona colleagues, and evidence-based approaches to crafting effective micro-messages around various SSRI frameworks including helping students cultivate a growth mindset. You’ll leave with new ideas and strategies for how to put intentional micro-messaging to work in your everyday communications.

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Compassion in Action
Toolkit & Recording 

Compassion is an institutional value, and in 2020 it is more important than ever.  Faculty, staff and student panelists will be asked to share how they turn compassion in to action through their work, actions, roles, or relationships at the University of Arizona and beyond to cultivate safe & inclusive spaces.

Exhausted, Unfocused, and Confused…How Is Your Mental Health?

Presented by Jenny Simon, MC, LPC, PhD, Life Management Counselor – Thrive Center

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We are united in distress right now; wouldn’t it be great to find some peace together? Join us for a workshop loaded with hands on techniques to improve our mental health. We do better when we are taking care of ourselves. Let’s reset our nervous systems in this brief get-together.

Successfully Supporting Students in Higher Education Who Have Experienced Foster Care or Housing Insecurity

Presented by Dani Carrillo, Program Coordinator, Fostering Success – Thrive Center

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Join us for a discussion around how we currently support students and how you can approach student support through a trauma-informed lens.

Under the Hood: How to Be a Successful Facilitator

Presented by Kelly Amsler, Senior Lead Learning Specialist – C.A.T.S. Academics

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Right now, our screen time, our ability to multi-task, and preserving connections with colleagues and students is integral to our pandemic response and what's left of our work-life balance. With meetings comprising the bulk of our workdays, why not make these as effective, productive and -dare we say- enjoyable, as possible? In this workshop you will learn how to plan for, design, facilitate, and close out a meeting for optimal participant engagement.

Small Acts Transform the World: Micromessaging and Student Success

SSRI is happy to offer workshops to campus groups on the topic of microaffirmations. Microaffirmations are small acts, public and private, that can foster a sense of inclusion and support. Workshops can range from 45 minutes to two hours depending on your group’s needs. If you would like to schedule a workshop, please email