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Belonging at St. Lawrence College

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

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).

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