Creating a culture of care means having the courage to take action for others.  It’s about creating an environment where everyone feels welcomed, included, affirmed, that they matter and that they belong.  Whether you are standing up to or calling out hurtful/offensive language, or cutting off a friend who has had too much to drink, or holding open the door for someone who is behind you.  Any and all actions (big or small) help to create a culture of care at ISU. 

Sense of Belonging

Sense of belonging is a basic human need, is a fundamental motive that drives our behavior, is related to mattering, and is associated with positive student outcomes.  Belonging is fluid and dynamic; influenced by time, context, and circumstances.  Belonging is key to a person’s sense of self and all students want to belong.  The absence of belonging can lead to diminished engagement and involvement.  Because belonging is a basic human need and central to a student’s success, it’s essential that all of us work to create an environment that is open, welcoming, affirming, and inclusive of all students and that we strive to live the ISU Principles of Community.   

(Strayhorn, 2012)

Ways you can help create a culture of care at ISU and enhance yours/others sense of belonging

  • Say something or do something when you witness acts in conflict with ISU’s principles of community.
  • Become aware of your own biases and beliefs about other people or groups of people
  • Monitor and explore your own use of language and the ways in which you might engage in marginalizing communication and/or behaviors.
  • Seek opportunities to become knowledgeable about people, cultures, traditions, and values that differ from your own.
  • Participate in campus dialogues that address issues of marginalization, oppression, and wellbeing.
  • Actively listen to others and seek to understand more deeply
  • Provide encouragement to others who might need to access resources on campus or in community.
  • Genuinely show you care about others overall well-being.
  • Promote a feeling of belonging and connectedness with peers.

Any and all positive actions are important and help to create a culture of care at ISU.  How will you do your part?