Amid student pushes for increased mental health resources, the University of Minnesota’s Office for Student Affairs added a new position focused on helping students with a wide range of issues.
Emily O’Hara, whose official title is care manager, said she helps students with issues ranging from difficulties in coursework to mental health issues to homelessness. While her position covers a broad spectrum of student issues, she helps direct students for more specific resources, like places to get professional mental health help, she said.
By Mary Shafer
When she started college in CLA, Alex West Steinman (BA ’11, journalism), was not sure what she wanted to do with her life and career. Fast-forward a few years and within days of graduation she had traded in her tassels for an office at Fallon, the global advertising agency located in Minneapolis.
Now she is the company’s director of communications, a position she says is, “beyond what I would have dreamed of,” Steinman is making her mark as a Renaissance woman with interests and influence in a wide array of fields.
Master Gardener volunteers with University of Minnesota Extension hosted weekly afternoon Peace Sanctuary Garden classes at a community garden on Aurora Avenue in St. Paul during the summer of 2016. The purpose was to engage residents in investing in their neighborhoods by offering communal gardening time, a garden science lesson and a nutritious garden snack. Read the full Extension story.
Fourth- through eighth-graders participating in the White Earth Indian Reservation Summer Academy of Math and Science explain it best: Asked how the experience differs from school, popular responses were “funner,” “shorter and funner,” and “a lot funner.”
“You learn a lot, but you don’t know you are learning,” explained another student.
University of Minnesota Extension and the reservation began the cooperative effort 18 years ago when members of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe challenged the University to help engage struggling students in math and science.