Wellness Ambassadors

Supporting student wellness takes not just one department, but our entire community.  In each of their roles on campus, staff, faculty, and student leaders have opportunities to express care for students, connect them with support, and create a culture of resilience.  Here are a few ways that individuals at East Bay can become Wellness Ambassadors at Cal State East Bay.

Donate to the STRONG Award

The STRONG (Support Through Resiliency, Optimism, and Nurturing Growth) Award is intended to support East Bay students who have been victims of violent crime orother traumatic incidents.

The Award recognizes that these individuals are more than just victims of these events, but are resilient individuals. The founding alumnus and donor, Theodore Vuong '17, wanted students to know they are not alone and that alumni are supportive of their bravery in overcoming trauma. He also wanted to inspire others to take action in their communities and for causes they care for, knowing every bit of support helps. Fundraising for the award is ongoing and potential donors can donate through the button below. 

Engage with CARE

Staff and faculty often encounter challenging situations with students, from emotional needs to troubling or disruptive behavior.  It is important to put these situations into the context of the larger challenges that the student may be experiencing. 

Know that you are not alone in managing the situation.  Our campus has a multidisciplinary Student CARE team that receives reports about students of concern, and connects them with supportive resources on and off campus.  For more information or to submit a CARE report, go to East Bay CARES.

The campus has also created guides for deescalating difficult situations in the classroom and on campus.  The Classroom Issues and Guidance for Faculty is on the Academic Senate website, and the Student Issues and Guidance for Staff is on the CARE website.  For more detail about how to respond to these situations, consider the Wellness Ambassador trainings below.

 

Participate in a Wellness Ambassador Training

Anyone on campus may encounter a student in distress.  The following is a list of trainings to equip staff, faculty, and student leaders to better support community wellness.

All trainings are currently being held over Zoom.  Please click on the appropriate links below to register for a live session.  Additional sessions will be added throughout the year.  We will also add videos of the trainings as they become available, so that partners who are not able to attend a live workshop can still receive the information.

Participants in multiple live sessions will receive thank you gifts!  Please email shcscounseling@csueastbay with questions or for additional information.

Helping Students in Distress

Please see this website for more information on our Helping Students in Distress workshops, as well as recording of a past workshop.

Avoiding Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

Using the book Trauma Stewardship by Laura Vandernoot Lipsky, we will explore how supporting students in the current climate is affecting us, personally and collectively. Workshop will focus on strategies to manage the potential for burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious traumatization. All staff, faculty, and student leaders are welcome.  Led by Chetina Hunter, LMFT, APCC, and Shauna Olson Hong, LCSW from Student Health and Counseling Services.

We will also be offering a follow up session for participants in an initial Avoiding Burnout and Compassion Fatigue session.  This will be a chance to connect with other staff, faculty, and student leaders, discuss how you are trying to implement the ideas discussed, and find ways to support one another in this work.

Avoiding Burnout and Compassion Fatigue
Link to the slides used in the workshop.

Trauma Informed Teaching and Care Strategies

Students are entering their classes with a host of personal challenges that impact their ability to learn.  Trauma informed teaching strategies can help us engage students where they are, create spaces to build community, and connect students to the supportive resources that they need.  Led by Shauna Olson Hong, LCSW, and Chetina Hunter, LMFT, APCC, Student Health and Counseling Services.

We will also be offering a follow up session for participants in the Helping Students in Distress, Trauma Informed Teaching and Care Strategies, or I Can Help workshops.  This will be a chance to connect with other staff, faculty, and student leaders, talk over scenarios and questions, and develop best practices together.

If you are not able to attend a live workshop, please feel free to watch this video of the workshop recorded at Back to the Bay, Fall 2021.

Helpful links:

Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence

Confidential Advocate CheRonn Ford discusses the dynamics of domestic and interpersonal violence, safety strategies, and how we can all support survivors.

I Can Help: Suicide Awareness and Intervention

Learn strategies to prevent suicide on an individual and systemic level.  Workshop includes interactive activities to practice to identifying students in distress, asking directly about suicide, and connecting students to supportive resources.  Led by Kathryn Kirkpatrick, LCSW and Shauna Olson Hong, LCSW from Student Health and Counseling Services.

We will also be offering a follow up session for participants in the Helping Students in Distress, Trauma Informed Teaching and Care Strategies, or I Can Help workshops.  This will be a chance to connect with other staff, faculty, and student leaders, talk over scenarios and questions, and develop best practices together.

I Can Help

Recorded workshop from Wellness Ambassador Training, Fall 2020.

Link to the sides used during workshop.

Introduction to Restorative Justice: Creating Community Through Restoration Practices

This training is designed to introduce restorative justice by highlighting the difference between punitive systems and restorative engagement. Your facilitator for this training will be CheRonn Ford, CSUEB Confidential Advocate. CheRonn is a trained Circle Keeper and facilitator for social justice programs throughout Northern California. She volunteers for the Insight Prison Project at San Quentin and Valley State Prisons, Restorative Justice for Youth (RJOY), including hosting survivors for Victims and Survivors Day at Valley State Prison, Chowchilla, California.  

  • Fall date TBD

HOPE Ambassador Training

Many of our students are experiencing challenges in basic needs such as food and housing security.  Join Pioneers for HOPE to learn about how to recognize these challenges, and connect students to basic needs supports on campus and in the community.

Training dates and times TBD - see HOPE website or follow @pioneersforhope for information and updates.