HOiST – Helping Our Students Thrive

HOiST - Helping Our Students Thrive
HOiST (Helping Our Students Thrive) is a series of workshops around creating a broader mental health support network for our students. Each session is led by a campus expert who will help facilitate a conversation around what campus resources are available and what appropriate levels of helping might look like for those working outside of that specialized area. Participants will leave with resources they can use in their own work with students


Upcoming Sessions

Sessions will be held virtually through Microsoft Teams sessions. Please register for the sessions using the links below.

Date/TimeSession DescriptionLinks
January 24, 2024
10:00 - 11:00 am
“Pirate Populations”: Students with Disabilities & Student Academic Success Services

With guidance from the QEP, our HOiST series will “Go Intercultural!” this spring with focused conversations around “Pirate Populations” on campus and the scholarships and practitioner perspectives that support our students. This first session will highlight the unique needs of students with disabilities and those using academic success services.
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February 12, 2024
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
“Pirate Populations”: Peel Center and Ledonia Wright Cultural Center

Continuing our Intercultural focus on “Pirate Populations,” this session of HOiST will feature the resources offered in the Peel Center and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center with an emphasis on scholarship and research that support these services on campus.
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March 21, 2024
1:00 - 2:00 pm
“Pirate Populations”: Pregnant and Parenting Students & Student Veterans and Military Affiliated

This session of HOiST will share the services and programs that support our students who are pregnant or parenting, as well as our military-affiliated and veteran students. Showcasing the Dean of Students Office and the Military and Veteran Resource Center, this presentation will offer Q&A opportunities with campus experts and researchers.
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April 8, 2024
2:00 - 3:00 pm
“Pirate Populations”: First Generation & Online/Distance Education Students

Concluding the “Pirate Populations” series, this HOiST session will share more information about the perspective of our first generation students at ECU and the programs designed to help with their transition to the campus community. Attendees will also learn about the needs of our online/distance education population and recommendations for increased engagement.
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Additional Resources for Faculty


HOIST Campus Experts

Are you looking to engage mental health and wellness more directly in your classroom or position? Would you like to gather resources from different offices or share ideas that you have? If so, please reach out to the following individuals/offices who has presented at HOIST over the last few years. If you’d like to be a future HOIST speaker, please email Nikki Caswell (caswelln@ecu.edu) and Lauren Thorn (thornl@ecu.edu).


Mental Health Awareness and Classroom Pedagogy

Mental Health Campus Resources

Inclusive Classroom Pedagogy

Student Success Campus Resources

Title IX and Student Safety Campus Resources

  • Office for Equity and Diversity, 252-328-6804
  • ECU Police Department, ecupolice@ecu.edu


HOIST Archive

TermSessionRecording Link (if available)

Fall 2023

ChatGPT and other AI Tools: How to Integrate Successfully on Campus

ChatGPT and other artificial intelligence tools are making waves across higher education, but many schools are still figuring out how to appropriately manage expectations and maximize benefits. This discussion will highlight challenges, strengths and opportunities for collaboration as we navigate the new frontiers of AI on campus.
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Additional Resources

Example - ChatGPT and other Autogenerative AI Tool Policy

Example - Visual Overview - Scaffolding ChatGPT Objective Writing

Example - ChatGPT Tutoring Concept Dialogues</a<

“Health Promoting Campus and Strategies: What Techniques Translate to the Classroom”

As ECU begins the process of being designated as a “Health Promoting University,” there is an opportunity to incorporate strategies that highlight trauma informed environments and positive connection to students. In this session, participants will learn about the Okanagan Charter which calls for universities to embed health into all aspects of campus culture, as well as tools that can assist with integrating health into the classroom environment.
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“Student Burnout and Stress in the Classroom”

Managing stress and challenging behaviors in the classroom has become a critical part of student success. In this program, participants will learn about mental health resources on campus as well as examples of how faculty have made changes or adapted their classroom environment to meet student needs.
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Financial Well-Being Resources for our Campus

The financial well-being of our students is critical to their success in the classroom, but often faculty and staff aren’t aware of the resources available. Participants in this program will learn about services and referral options for financial support and addressing the basic needs of our students.
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Fall 2022

Build Your Resource Network

Participants will have an opportunity to learn about available resources and services from the Pirate Academic Success Center, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Disability Support Services, University Writing Center and Dean of Students.
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Civil Discourse and the Academy

Participants will discuss and review Freedom of Expression regulations, examples of positive and effective civil discourse, and ways to manage dialogue and free speech topics in the classroom.
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Student Mental Health and Classroom Expectations

Participants will learn about mental health resources on campus as well as examples of how faculty have made changes or adapted their classroom environment to meet student needs.
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University DEI Efforts and Goals for our Campus

Participants will receive information and updates about the various DEI groups, programs and organizations on campus, including Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, Intercultural Affairs, Office for Equity and Diversity, and Intercultural Affairs.
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HOiST: Supporting Students going through Challenges and Loss

When a student is experiencing challenges, loss, grief, or trauma, what resources are available to support them? Join us in a discussion around services and supports on campus that are available for faculty/staff to refer and share.
HOiST: Engaging in Collaboration Across Divisions

Looking for ways to collaborate across departments or divisions? Learn about how some of your ECU colleagues developed strong networks to build innovative programs that bridged areas of practice and divisions.
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HOIST: Intersectionality and Creating a Sense of Belongingness

What is intersectionality, and how does it impact our students who carry multiple identities? This discussion will highlight resources, programs and considerations for the classroom or other campus environments.
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HOiST: Helping Students Through Accommodations, Attendance Policies and Withdrawal Options

Attendance policies, accommodations and withdrawal options can be overwhelming for many students—and even some faculty members! Learn more about the current procedures and recommendations for supporting students.
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Join the Session (Teams Meeting)

Spring 2022

Diary of a Faculty Member..."I'm completely overwhelmed with accommodation letters!”
Diary of a Faculty Member..."I have a student who can't afford the textbook for my class, and I'm wondering if they can afford groceries.”
Diary of a Faculty Member..."I'm so proud of my research assistant and want to recognize their hard work!”
Diary of a Faculty Member..."I'm worried about my student!”
Diary of a Faculty Member..."My student just turned over a desk during class!”
Diary of a Faculty Member..."I really want to be more involved in the ECU campus events or volunteering!”

Fall 2021

Your Role in Inclusive Classroom Approaches
Your Role in Accomodations and Absences
Your Role in Academic Integrity
Your Role in Student Mental Health
Your Role in Managing Disruptive Classroom Behavior
Your Role in Referring to Advocacy and Title IX

Spring 2021

COVID-19: How are faculty and staff REALLY doing?
COVID-19: How are our students REALLY doing?
Substance Use Among Students
Title IX and Sexual Assault

Spring 2020

Suicide Awareness
General Mental Health


Syllabus Language and Academic Integrity Resources

The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities has created several Academic Syllabus Statements that you can add to your syllabi.  They have created faculty resources and upholding academic integrity activities for inclusion in your course. For reference, ECU’s Academic Integrity Policy.


HOiST (Helping Our Students Thrive) is sponsored by the University Writing Center, Dean of Students Office and the Office for Faculty Excellence.