Month: November 2018
Passive Program of the Month
||Washington University in St. Louis
|Person in charge:
|Target Population: 14
||Time Needed to Organize: 1 hour|
|Number of People in Attendance: 14
||Date(s) of Program: November 2018|
|Number of People Needed to Organize: 1
||Cost of Program: $0.00|
|On-Campus Population: 5100
||Chapter Size: 29|
|Origin of Program:|
Each month, the RHA advisor creates a new bulletin board dedicated to an issue the
RHA students may be facing that month. Previous bulletin boards have been "Know
Each Other by Name and Story" and "Don't be Afraid to Ask for Help", dealing with
getting to know one another and allowing students the space and resources to ask
for help as the semester began getting more busy.
As the semester continues to press forward toward finals, students often begin to
feel more and more stress. This stress comes from a myriad of sources, but as the
academic calendar intensifies as students approach finals, any small issue can be too
much to handle. To help alleviate some of this built up stress and prevent the
students of our RHA from holding on to their stresses too long, our monthly bulletin
board in the RHA office was converted into a self-care bingo board, 24 unique self-
care activities were posted as a way to encourage students to take time for
themselves and practice self-care.
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|Please give a short description of the program:|
The RHA Advisor bulletin board is located at the exact entrance to the RHA office
in direct eye-line of the main door, which also looks out to a busy pedestrian area.
the location of this bulletin board is a perfect attention grabber. Every student that
walks into the RHA Office, whether it be an RHA e-board member, NRHH member,
or College Council member sees this bulletin board.
The theme for this month was focused around self-care and loving yourself to
prevent and mitigate stress, especially as students began gearing up for finals. To
best accomplish this task, the bulletin board was transformed into a self-care
bingo board. The board featured 24 self-care activities and a free space. The
activities can be found below sorted into their categories:
B (build) - Cook a meal, do a craft, make new friend(s), write an OTM, start a
I (introverts) - read for pleasure, journal, listen to music, deep breathing, use
N (not alone) - Talk to family, hang out with friends, talk to an advisor (FREE
SPACE), Volunteer, play with an animal.
G (get healthy) - walk outside, exercise, sleep (7.5 hours for a whole week), get a
health check-up (mental/physical), drink recommended amount of water.
O (other) - turn off your phone (for 2 hours), Do something spontaneous, Go
somewhere beautiful, let yourself cry, nap.
Instructions were also given for the board. Students were instructed to initial on a
space once they had completed the activity and if they got a BINGO in the month
of November they would receive a prize. the prize is a self-care pack which
features a small plastic trophy with a stick saying "self-care champion", a rubber
pencil, some silly putty, and a bag of tea.
Additionally, the bulletin board was framed by a series of hearts, one from each
student on the RHA E-Board. At the first E-board meeting of the semester the RHA
Graduate Advisors did a self-love activity where they asked each student to draw a
heart and fill it with things that make them happy. These self-love hearts framed
our self-care bingo board as a reminder that we all love ourselves in unique ways.
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|Goals of the program:|
The goals of this program were threefold (in order of importance):
1. Encourage students to practice self-care and stress reduction techniques - This
was by far the most important goal. Observable and Research data all show that
students carry stress and this stress intensifies as the semester goes on, often to
the detriment of the students well-being. Telling students to practice self-care also
can backfire, making them feel more stressed. By "gameifying" this stress relief
activity more students actively participated, and hopefully reduced stress.
2. Allow for students to continue to get to know each other - The secondary goal
was to allow students another opportunity to continue to get to know each other
by being able to look at the self-love hearts around the board. These hearts were a
nice continuation of our first bulletin board as well.
3. Continue the monthly advisor bulletin board tradition - The final goal was to
continue a new advisor tradition of updating the once empty, bland bulletin board
described as an 'eye-sore' every month. The RHA students should know that each
month information specifically related and selected for their consumption will be
posted on that board.
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|Positive and lasting effects of the program:|
This month, the board was designed to be able to asses how many students were
taking advantage of the information being provided, and a 4/5 majority of the RHA
executive board at least marked off one self-care activity. This is an incredibly
positive outcome as every little bit of self-care helps. Just as stressors can build
on themselves and spiral into a vicious cycle, so too can positive things and self-
care. It only takes one act of self-care to end the vicious cycle and turn it into a
virtuous cycle of care and love.
The students this month seemed to really enjoy the bulletin board as evidence by
their participation. Some student even took it further and turned it into a
competition with one another. The students also asked in October that the
November board "not be boring and be thanksgiving themed" and when the
November board was unveiled many complimented its theme and design.
Another key impact this program had was continuing the tradition of a new bulletin
board with relevant and engaging information each month. This bulletin board has
created a true information sharing opportunity many advisors can only dream of
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|Short evaluation of the program:|
No formal evaluation was done at the end of the month, as this bulletin board and
passive program were designed to be as low-key and un-invasive as possible to
the students. It was designed to be seamlessly integrated into their lives and not
have them feeling as if this self-care was one more thing they had to do.
Based on the bingo board, 4/5 of the RHA executive board marked off at least one
self-care activity with only 5 students not marking on the board at all. Of those 13
that participated the average number of spaces marked was 5 spaces, which
translates to 5 self-care activities in one month. Additionally, 9 students achieved
a full BINGO and will be recognized as self-care champions.
In total, over 140 individual acts of self-care were done and recorded on the self-
care bingo board. Over 140 individual moments of self-love and care at a time
when it was needed most.
Of the 24 (25 if you count the FREE space) unique activities, only one went
unaccomplished. No student turned off their phone for 2 hours, all the rest at least
had one student achieve them.
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|How could this program be adapted to other campuses?|
This advisor bulletin board could be easily adapted to other campuses in a variety
of ways. For RHAs with their own office space with a bulletin board, advisors can
just ask to use it on a monthly basis and update accordingly. The Bingo board is
also entirely customize-able and can be made to reflect the students and the
student populations each campus serves.
For offices without a bulletin board, butcher paper can be hung to make a make-
shift bulletin board, and then updated monthly. For those RHAs without an office
space or RHAs/Campuses that wish to be more sustainable, a virtual bulletin board
can be created and put on a shared drive, loop on a television, or emailed out
similarly to a newsletter. This Self-Care bingo could easily be done virtually as well
or on an honor system with students recording on their own bingo cards.
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