In Brief: BTtoP News and Notes


BTtoP Awards Fourteen Additional Category 1 Well-Being Seminar Grants

BTtoP is proud to announce fourteen $1,000 Well-Being Seminar Grants awarded in February to institutions in the United States, Canada, and Slovakia. The newly awarded institutional projects, chosen from a group of forty-five proposals, represent a wide range of timely and important dimensions of well-being and higher education, including conversations on building well-being into advising, addressing the well-being of first-generation students, and examining how campus well-being is linked to community engagement. Read more: 

BTtoP National Evaluator Ashley Finley Co-Authors Chapter in Intersectionality in Action

BTtoP National Evaluator Ashley Finley and AAC&U Vice President of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Tia Brown McNair co-authored “The Intersection of Life and Learning: What Cultural Wealth and Liberal Education Mean for Whole Student Development,” a chapter in Intersectionality in Action: A Guide for Faculty and Campus Leaders for Creating Inclusive Classrooms and Institutions. The new volume is available from Stylus Publishing.

BTtoP Research Featured in Change Magazine

BTtoP National Evaluator Ashley Finley discusses BTtoP’s research over the past twelve years in a piece from the March/April issue of Change magazine, “Well-Being: An Essential Outcome for Higher Education”. The article discusses the importance of centralizing student well-being for delivering on the full promise of higher education and discusses national and campus-based research connecting student learning and particular learning experiences with students’ increased sense of purpose and flourishing. Read more:

BTtoP-Partnered Research Featured in Journal of College Character

BTtoP National Evaluator Ashley Finley co-authored the article “Perceptions of Campus Climates for Civic Learning as Predictors of College Students’ Mental Health,” which appeared in the February 2016 issue of the Journal of College Character. The piece describes a collaborative study by BTtoP and PSRI (Personal and Social Responsibility Inventory, housed at Iowa State University) exploring whether three broad areas promoted students’ mental health: perceptions of the campus climate related to civic learning, experiences on campus, and civic engagement. Read more: Requests for full text of the article can be addressed to the authors.

Bring It to the Table Documentary Highlights Civility and Citizenship

Bring It to The Table is a new civic engagement project and documentary film that will resonate on college and university campuses this upcoming election season. The project’s goals are to spark conversation about civil discourse, teach good listening, and model ways to have healthy, robust debates about today’s pressing social issues. Filmmaker Julie Winokur notes that, “I wanted to create a film that would inspire people to bridge the divide and talk openly about tough issues such as immigration, economic inequality, racism, reproductive rights, and climate change. Bring It is a story of citizenship and civility. It’s a celebration of the diversity that makes America…America.” To order a DVD, purchase online campus streaming, or to book an in-person presentation with Winokur, visit:


BTtoP Director Don Harward Delivers Keynote at Summit in Vancouver, BC

The Canadian Mental Health Association’s “Healthy Minds/Healthy Campuses” summit, titled “Cultivating a Campus Culture of Well-being with Intention: Aligning Policies, Practices and Core Mission,” took place March 2016, in Vancouver. The event brought together campus stakeholders from across British Columbia to advance collective action on campus mental health and substance use. BTtoP Director Harward was invited by colleagues at Simon Fraser University to deliver one of the event keynote presentations: “Well-Being and Higher Education: A Strategy for Change and the Realization of Education’s Greater Purposes.” For more information on the summit, visit: