This page will be tailored toward introductory STEM instructors considering running this experiment in their courses. We will answer common questions below about what it actually takes to run the experiment and what we think you, and your students, will get out of it. Please reach out to the Contacts listed on the side for any questions about this project.


Intro to the Project (3 mins)


Info Session (64 mins)





Kevin Binning



Allison Godwin



Logan Gin



What is the Belonging, Adversity, and Affirmation Project?

This project will deliver brief, in-class, small group interventions discussing adversity that supports students’ sense of belonging. This intervention already exists and has resulted in promising preliminary data. The project will extend the intervention across SEISMIC institutions to evaluate academic outcomes, student experiences, and the conditions that result in the most effective interventions. To complete this project, the team will need to train individuals to run the interventions on each campus, gather additional customized quotes to be used in the interventions, develop a pre and post Qualtrics survey to gain additional data on student affect and on the people running the interventions, and get IRB approval on each campus. One ambition is to learn which classroom context need the intervention the most, and be able to provide tailored interventions when and where it is most valuable.

Common Questions from Instructors

1. What do faculty need to know to participate?


2. What will faculty (or their students) gain?


3. What are the steps involved in this project?


4. What are the expected control and treatment groups? Is there flexibility in this if faculty cannot run the project exactly as defined?


5. How will information be communicated to people who have expressed interest in the project?