What We Do
Learning for Life (L4L) functions as a catalyst to build connections among campus and community resources as well as to seed new initiatives for student success.
- Empowering peer-peer support
- Catalyzing new initiatives, seeding them throughout campus and fostering sustainability
- Grounding all work in evidence-based practice and current research
Navigators and Navigator Networks: In partnership with the School of Social Work, L4L has developed a network of trained advocates to support L4L Scholars as system navigators who provide peer support and linkages to on and off campus resources. The network is organized through two Educational Support Facilitators, who serve as the central point of contact for students served by the project as well as the Navigators. Ed Facilitators also coordinate project objectives including outreach to students, the development of marketing materials, communications, and data collection. Clinical oversight for the Navigators is provided through a faculty member of the School of Social Work.
Navigators serve between 15 and 25 Scholars, and are located in various placements around campus including: the Preparatory Enrollment Program, Outreach Programs, Financial Aid, the Bursar’s office, Veterans’ Resource Center, the Women's Center, Counseling Center, Disability Services Area, with main hubs in the Unity Center and the new Student Resource Area (SRA). In addition, representatives of our partners keep a regular schedule on campus in the SRA. The SRA also provides a portal for other community resources to reach students on campus, including Central Falls High School and the Office of Rehabilitative Services.
What We Offer
Students can connect with L4L staff directly or through a referral from on or off campus. We provide confidential, personalized linkages and support. Students can come to L4L for one-time assistance to overcome a challenge they are facing. They include:
Becoming connected to a Navigator, senior level student whose primary role is to support L4L Scholars as they work toward their academic goals. Each Navigator will work with a network of students, building bridges upon which students can reach each other and the resources they need for success.
The Student Resource Area (SRA) is offered by the Unity Center and Learning for Life. The space in lower Gaige Hall (B-9) is available for use by students for study groups or just hanging out between classes. The SRA is also a portal for students to connect with resources from on and off campus including our partners from the College Crusade, College Visions, and Goodwill Industries of RI.
Financial goal-setting and skill-building opportunities: L4L assists students in building secure financial foundations in order to ensure future success include FAFSA completion and planning for college expenses.
Career-planning to ensure that their academic plan aligns with their future career goals. Research shows that students who are able to link their academic path with a clear career goal are more likely to complete their education.
As students move through the L4L activities, they will be building their own Scholar Plan that will help guide their educational decisions. Each student’s plan will link their academic plan:
- Career Goals
- Financial Needs
- Social Connections
The plan can be used as a resource to guide conversations during academic advising sessions. The plan will help students determine in which areas they might face challenges so they can be linked to appropriate resources.
Campus collaborations: In addition to hosting Navigators, several campus departments have joined in collaborative initiatives to further our shared purpose to serve students. These include:
- The Enrollment Management Unit: The Finish Strong Initiative to expand their efforts to reach out to students who left campus before finishing a degree program
- Counseling Center: Training Peer Educators who will provide instruction, public awareness, and outreach to students to prevent interpersonal violence and suicide
- Career Development: Developing a network of Peer Mentors to reach out to students about Career Development events, services, and resources
- ALLIED: Replicating a college success course model that has proven effective for education students to other schools on campus
- Disability Services Center and the Counseling, Educational Leadership and School Psychology Department: SAIL – The development of a Learning Clinic to provide Comprehensive Learning Evaluations as well as coaching to improve working memory and executive functioning
- Unity Center: The creation of a Student Resource Area to provide a student-centered place on campus that is devoted to bringing community resources to campus for students.
- ESL Intensive Program at RIC and Learning for Life (L4L) are now working on a partnership to help Advanced ESL students make a smooth transition from ESL into college. Here’s more information about ESL Intensive Program at RIC. http://ric.edu/esl/