2020-21 Student Engagement

Speed Friending

With Covid-19 creating a challenge for many students to connect during the 2020-2021 academic year, many students without roommates or new students to UNCG struggled to make connections and meet others. Without the plethora of student programs that usually encourage social bonding, some students really struggled to connect with others. Speed Friending was designed to help fill this gap, and specifically target students without as many opportunities to bond with other students. The program’s goals were:

  • Using targeted and specific marketing, reach out to student populations that have been identified as potentially having barriers to creating social connections with other students.
  • Provide a safe environment for students to network and get to know each other, opening the door for future social engagement as well as developing a sense of belonging within their communities.
  • Provide opportunities for all students in the community to get out of their room and engage with their peers.

Events and Programming

Programming and in-person interactions of groups of residents had to look different during the 2020-2021 academic year. Due to social distancing guidelines and state requirements for limited in-person gatherings, residence life staff were required to find new ways to interact with residents and encourage them to interact with each other. Despite these limitations, close to 900 programs were offered to the on-campus residents.

Many programs met multiple objectives as outlined by the chart below: