Creating a Sense of Belonging on a College Campus

College campuses across the country are increasingly recognizing the crucial role of creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for their students. This presentation will highlight the importance of fostering a sense of belonging and the significant impact it has on student success, both academically and personally. Participants will gain a comprehensive overview of the various definitions and theories that help shape a strong sense of belonging. Additionally, the presentation will explore key student development and retention theories and the effects of belonging on staff and faculty wellbeing and retention, both of which can impact the bottom line. Finally, the presentation will discuss the effects of belonging on physical space, exploring how furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FF&E) can be utilized to create an inclusive environment.



Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the definition and importance of a sense of belonging on a college campus.
  2. Identify factors that might contribute to or hinder student belonging.
  3. Understand the connection between belonging and student retention, persistence, and graduation rates.
  4. Explain the connection between belonging and staff and faculty retention.
  5. Identify physical space factors that impact belonging in multiple applications.
  6. Develop recommendations for enhancing physical spaces for increased belonging.

Broadcast Date

May 24, 2023, 2:00pm EST

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Meet the Presenter


Katie Clark
Higher Education Market Manager

As KI’s Higher Education Market Manager, Katie Clark has over a decade of experience working in colleges directly with students. She brings a wealth of knowledge to KI’s college and university clients and internal team members. Katie most recently worked at Swarthmore College as the Assistant Dean for Integrated Learning and Leadership and the founding Director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership. She has expertise in design thinking, student leadership development, innovation and entrepreneurship, career services, admissions and enrollment, strategic planning and intentional community building. Katie holds a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and a BA from Smith College in Northampton, MA where she is a Trustee emerita. She has additional certifications in Social Innovation Design from the University of Pennsylvania, Design Thinking training from Stanford’s d.school, and training from the NCAA in student athlete leadership development.