Members of the Hendrix College SOAR team for 2022-23 meet in the student affairs area of the Student Life and Technology Center (SLTC). / Courtesy picture
CONWAY, Ark. (August 29, 2022) – The 2022-23 Student Outreach Alternative Resources (SOAR) team kicked off its 2022-23 academic year with 26 members who have achieved certification in the following programs:
- Mental Health First Aid, a process of helping a person who develops a mental health problem or who is going through a mental health crisis. The training helps these peer mentors identify, understand and respond to signs of addiction and mental illness.
- One Love campaign is a series of short, shareable digital content in five unique chapters that sheds light on unhealthy or emotionally abusive relationship behaviors, or the gray area between love and control. The training teaches peer mentors how to safely intervene and educate their peers when factors indicate “That’s not love!” »
- ASIST, the implementation of LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, is a two-day interactive suicide first aid workshop. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may be having suicidal thoughts and to work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Studies show that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in people at risk.
- Substance (visual identification and identification of symptoms)provides information regarding the identification and prevention of compulsive drug or alcohol use that results in significant disruptions in daily life, including loss of education or job, relationships, and health.
- Campus Safety (for Hendrix College) includes the collaborative process between SOAR team members and campus public safety personnel to protect the rights, responsibilities, and health of residents on campus as well as the physical campus.
- Emotional intelligencea session helping SOAR team members improve their ability as individuals to recognize their own and others’ emotions, to differentiate between different feelings and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior.
Members of the SOAR team also received information regarding:
- Safe Zone (LGBTQ+), a resource for powerful and effective LGBTQ+ ally training and outreach; it provides terminology and definitions to help individuals better understand the changing culture of identity in society.
- Title IX, which protects people from discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities. SOAR mentors learn to identify acceptable and unacceptable actions and behaviors and ensure that campus policy and procedures are followed by students and those who affect life in the campus community.
Full certifications were received by students Janiya Ashford, Joey Beard, Chiara Bunting, Alexandria Cade, Cierra Daniels, Dominic Diamond, Ta’Mya Dotson, Ethan Epperson, Makenzie Henderson, Gillian Henneberry, Julie Hooper, Victoria Horan, Zacchaeus Knowles, Nate Lemke, Alicia McCloria, Areej Mukhtar, Megan Pelley, Sam Pierce, Olman Pineda, Marah Rice, Curtis Rubarts, Monique Williams and Kylon Williams.
Mental Health First Aid certificates were also received by staff members Mike LeBlanc, Assistant Dean of Students; David Bugh, Director of Public Safety; Jessica Gray, Public Safety Officer, Jessica Fulbright, Title IX Coordinator and Education Coordinator; Nathan Van Soy, Director of Student Accounts; Kristi Crowley, women’s lacrosse coach; and Taylor Frombaugh, women’s lacrosse assistant coach.
Additionally, ASIST Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Suicide Management certifications were received by Director Bugh and Public Safety Officer Shondell Ollison.
SOAR is a student-run program operating under the Office of Student Outreach Services (SOS). SOAR is made up of returning students who are campus leaders eager to make a difference in the lives of incoming students by serving students as peer mentors – not in an academic sense, but in the social world of the Hendrix College community.
About Hendrix College
A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation and value have made Hendrix a fixture in many university guides, lists and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with The United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit www.hendrix.edu.