Fostering Success and Wellness
Student Affairs prides itself in its long-standing commitment to enhancing student learning through a variety of services, programs, and activities that foster students' overall emotional, physical, and cognitive wellness.
- The University Career Center (UCC) assists students with any obstacle or concern along their path to find employment, including helping undergraduate and graduate students dress for success and feel confident when networking or interviewing. Students who utilize a Career Center service, such as a meeting for a résumé critique or mock interview or attending a job fair, are provided the option of selecting one professional outfit from the Career Closet. To date, 156 students have benefitted from this service.
- Parent & Family Relations (PFR) believes in supporting efforts related to student retention and academic endeavors through offering financial support via scholarships, research funding, and emergency aid. In 2017-2018, these outreach efforts enabled 35 students to remain enrolled at TTU, pursue research interests, and assist with cost of attendance by awarding $16,300 in scholarships and awards .
- "Feel Better Fast" is a weekly workshop series hosted by the Student Counseling Center designed to help students feel better prepared to deal with stress and learn new skills to manage their emotions, improve relationships and take better care of themselves. In these counselor-led group sessions, students learn techniques such as mindfulness, relaxation, and emotion and stress management .
- The Raider Red Pantry, the campus-wide food pantry operated by the Center for Campus Life and the Office of the Dean of Students, opened in the fall 2017 semester. This pantry is open to all students at Texas Tech who are experiencing food insecurity. More than 150 students were served by the food pantry, more than $5,000 in financial support was donated to the pantry, and more than 3,000 pounds of food was given by faculty staff, students and the community through various food drive initiatives.
- Red to Black Peer Financial Coaching Program in the Center for Campus Life was named the #1 financial literacy program in the nation by LendEDU. The program
achieved this #1 ranking by offering comprehensive and individualized peer financial
coaching and programs for TTU students, including holding 150 student client sessions,
making 80 presentation to approximately 2,500 students, and hosting a successful outreach
events Financial Education Week and America Saves Week in the fall and spring semesters.
- The Fall 2017 Majors and Minors Fair, hosted by Transition & Engagement, provided more than 1,250 students with an opportunity to meet with faculty and professional advisors to discuss a variety of possible majors, as well as many available career opportunities connected to each major. This format provided an informal way for students to engage with faculty members to discuss major choices and future career opportunities, and ultimately encourage academic success. The Majors and Minors Fair is possible through collaboration between academic colleges, many departments and various academic support services.
- The Risk Intervention & Safety Education (RISE) Peer Educators are a diverse student leadership group who seek to influence their
peers to make healthy decisions, reduce their high-risk behavior, and develop safe
coping skills. Peer Educators facilitate workshops with student groups and classrooms
that have designated learning outcomes for participants. In its third year, this program
has experienced a 125% growth in student participation. Students who participate in
Peer Educator program learn valuable transferable skills such as public speaking,
active listening, confidence, and problem solving.