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Campus Departments ‘Take Over’ HUB Space for Programming Events

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SUNY Plattsburgh’s Community HUB — Honoring, Unifying and Belonging — in the Angell College Center has opened its doors for regular “takeovers,” teaming up with campus departments to share the space.

sean rice“The HUB Takeover was a concept that I came up with after we hosted the student ‘BluePrint Party,’ where we provided a space for students to inform the department of what they would like to see on campus, what their needs were and to answer questions,” said Sean Rice, coordinator of multicultural initiatives. “From that event, I concluded that students were not aware of their resources. I wanted to highlight those resources.”

Rice went a step further — bringing the resources directly to the students by allowing departments on campus such as the Claude Clark Learning Center to take over the HUB to connect with students. For Rice, this move was meant “to ensure that underrepresented students are first aware of the resources and then have the space to ask questions of professionals, which very rarely happens unless students are in crisis or seek out departments on their own.”

Last year saw the first collaboration with the Learning Center, followed by the Career Development Center.

“We had plans for other departments, and then COVID hit hard,” he said.

This semester, they’ve hosted two sessions with the Learning Center: Start Smart in September and the Mid-Semester Tune-up in October.

“The (Tune-up) had an amazing turnout,” he said. To push engagement, he connected with Black Onyx, South Asian Student Association and Fraternity and Sorority Life to promote the event.

“We had around 50 student attendees,” he said. “I am excited to connect with other departments to really push student resources and access.”

“The Start Smart event focused on study skills; the second focused on organization and time management skills,” said Sarah Henley, academic success adviser in the Learning Center. “Both events were also intended to get the word out about the Learning Center’s tutoring services.”

Henley was happy with the turnout and plans to continue taking over the HUB in the future.

“We have found that doing it this way brings more students to participate,” she said. “For Tune-up, we had great participation and the students really seemed to enjoy themselves.”

For information on HUB Takeovers or to coordinate a takeover in the future, contact Rice at 518-564-5417 or email [email protected].

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