December 09, 2022

Register Now for 2023 Book Group to Discuss Belonging

Are you anticipating some time to read over the winter break?

Image of Belonging book cover Image of Belonging book coverFaculty and staff are invited to join one of several groups meeting in January and February to discuss psychologist Geoff Cohen’s recently published book, Belonging: The Science of Creating Connections and Bridging Divides.

Professor Cohen spoke at the fall CAS retreat about how small interventions in the classroom can improve student belonging, with beneficial impacts on well-being and achievement. His book provides the theory and research on “situation crafting” that explains those findings, and also explores belonging in the workplace, policing and the community, and bridging partisan divides.

Choose Your Discussion Group Format

We envision informal, flexible opportunities for faculty and staff to talk together about belonging at LC, with Cohen’s book as a springboard for discussion. There will be two formats:

  • One group will meet weekly (beginning January 6 at noon) to work through the entire book a few chapters at a time.
  • Another option will involve two meetings in the month of February, one focused on a few selections from the book related to faculty/staff belonging and another focused on selections related to student belonging.

Come once, come often, mix and match formats, select those sessions that are of greatest interest to you. Each session will have a facilitator to get the conversation started.

If you would like to receive more information about the discussion groups (or obtain a copy of the book), please sign up with this form and provide contact information.