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Concurrent sessions

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How are Polish Universities Supporting Student Psychological Needs? The Role of Staff and Institutional Practices Outside the Classroom

Rene Henry, PHD student |

​​University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland

This research explores how staff’s role and institutional practices outside the classroom support the basic psychological needs of Polish university students. Through Self-Determination Theory, the presenter will frame student interactions with their institutions and non-teaching staff, their views on the importance of support from these sources, and behaviors that either sustain or thwart their basic needs.

Introduction to Restorative Practices: A Global Approach to Reducing Harm and Restoring Relationships

Denise Simpson, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students | University of North Carolina at Charlotte, United States

When students feel a sense of belonging, they are more likely to be retained and have better mental health outcomes. Harmful incidents, such as bias, college policy violations, or interpersonal conflicts, disrupt this sense of belonging. This session overviews restorative practices for repairing harm and rebuilding campus communities, highlighting key strategies, challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned.

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