This article originally appeared on ST. LAWRENCE COLLEGE ALUMNI / VOYAGEUR / 2022 magazine.

By: Gayathri Shukla

WE’VE ALL EXPERIENCED THE STING OF FEELING LEFT OUT. 

Perhaps, it was a group where you struggled to fit in or be accepted. Understandably, you may have left that group

to join others where you felt more welcomed. However, what if the place you feel you don’t belong is

the place you have to be for eight hours a day, five days a week? According to Harvard Business Review, “social

belonging is a fundamental human need, hardwired into our DNA. And yet, 40% of people feel isolated at work

or school.” When students or staff feel like they don’t belong at work or school, their performance and personal lives

suffer. But then, there is the added backdrop of isolation from pandemic protocols and the repercussions of social

justice movements, such as #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter, or #StolenSisters. So, it is no wonder that our collective

sense of belonging is fractured now more than ever. As a result, institutions everywhere are taking a hard look

at their culture.

 

St. Lawrence College has undoubtedly embraced this journey, beginning with a steadfast commitment to

advancing its recently established Belonging value.  

Read the full report here (flip to page 24).