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LUNCH & LEARN - The First 3 Weeks: College Students’ Initial Sense of Belonging

2023thu12oct12:00 pmthu1:00 pmLUNCH & LEARN - The First 3 Weeks: College Students’ Initial Sense of BelongingVirtual Event | EVENT COMPLETE

Event Details

You’re invited to join SOCHE for a virtual lunch and learn entitled “The First 3 Weeks: College Students’ Initial Sense of Belonging,” on Thursday, Oct. 12, beginning at 12 p.m. ET. The session will be presented by Dr. Jeff Montgomery, Dean of Technical Studies at Southern State Community College.

Belonging is a fundamental human motivation. Positive belonging in students can promote higher rates of retention and student success. Similarly, lack of belonging predicts lower academic achievement and departure from the institution.

Institutions can take practical steps to promote a sense of belonging in their students, often with little or no cost to the college. Those colleges that take these steps can anticipate greater student satisfaction, completion, and success.

This presentation will discuss what factors influence students’ sense of belonging in community colleges, why belonging is important for keeping students on the path to success, and why college practitioners should be interested in nurturing that. Discussion will include factors that influence student belonging within the first three weeks of their community college experience, as well as what role faculty and staff can play in fostering belonging.

From this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Define sense of belonging
  • Understand the role that a sense of belonging plays in student success and completion
  • Focus on the impact that the first three weeks of a community college students’ experience has on belonging and decisions to persist
  • Review the top factors that influence sense of belonging and how colleges and practitioners can leverage this information to improve belonging amongst their students and personnel

Registration for this event closes on Monday, Oct. 9.

When: Thursday, Oct. 12, at 12 p.m. ET

Where: SOCHE Zoom platform (link sent at least 24 hours prior to event)


  • Personnel from SOCHE member schools: $5
  • Personnel from NON-member schools/organizations: $10
  • Students: FREE

Questions? Contact Mindy Claggett at SOCHE

Registration Cancellation Policy

Student Registration Fee Policy

Registration for this event closes on Monday, Oct. 9.

About the Presenter

Photo of Dr. Jeff Montgomery

Jeff Montgomery, Ph.D., M.Ed.
Dean of Technical Studies
Southern State Community College

Dr. Jeff Montgomery works at Southern State Community College, a small college serving rural students in south-central Ohio. He served as a faculty member in the Computer Science Department for 15 years before taking the role of Dean of Technical Studies, a title that he has held for eight years. He has degrees in English and Computer Science, and a master’s in Education, and a Ph.D in Higher Education. He lives in Washington Court House, Ohio, and works on the Hillsboro campus, where he also serves as campus director.


October 12, 2023 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm(GMT-04:00)

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