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SXU to Offer Series of Academic and Career Workshops


Saint Xavier University (SXU) is offering a series of career, leadership, academics, viable employment and service (C.L.A.V.E.S.) workshops. The series, which is made possible by the U.S. Department of Education Title V grant (#PO31S190311), launched in the fall and is now on its second round for the spring semester. The workshops are offered to sophomore students, but all students are welcome to attend. Students will be able to engage in topics that interest and affect them and learn about tools that will help them in school and beyond.  

Each workshop is offered twice weekly on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. to accommodate varying schedules, beginning on February 3. The workshops will conclude in May. Students who attend seven workshops will receive a certificate of completion and an invitation to a pinning ceremony.  

Workshops include topics with titles such as: SXU Resources; This is Me; My Strengths; The Entrepreneur in You; Spirituality and Social Concern; Take the Lead; Managing Your Finances; The Customer Experience; College to Career; and Stress Management.

"Institutions do a great job providing extensive curricular and co-curricular resources and opportunities for support to the incoming first-year students, but as students progress to the second year, they may find the level of support they initially received is not as deliberate or tailored to their specific needs as second-year students," said Imelda Macias, director of graduate admission and Title V CASA program director.  

"Students can find themselves feeling lost and overwhelmed. Research has shown that second-year students face many barriers, such as academic struggles, lack of motivation, identity confusion, major and minor career indecision and difficult selecting meaningful campus engagement that connects to their interests. These barriers can hinder students' abilities to persist in college, but these workshops will provide students the support they need and a safe space where they can share their thoughts and feelings," added Macias.  

The fall launch was well-received by students, many of whom have already expressed interest in participating in future sessions as peer leaders. To register, visit The Den.