Week 3. Our topic this week is mental disorders and college students.
For the most part, students in college are in a period of transition, whether contextually or at an age where their development is in process. Student development theory informs us that when people are in a period of transition or significant development, they are more likely to be at risk of feeling marginalized and struggling socioemotionally. Creating an environment in which college students are not only told, but shown, that they and their needs matters, is a significant way to support students (College Student Development). Especially during Covid, when students’ plans and lives have been unexpectedly changing, now more than ever they need their sense of mattering and well-being to be centered.
In an anonymous survey, SCC students with disabilities were asked what their instructors and staff could do to help them feel seen and supported. Their answers reflect student opinions, not the recommendations or opinions of DAS staff. Below are some common themes and responses: