ROOTSS (Reach Out, Orientation, Transition & Study Skills): A social, wellbeing & academic co-curricular program to engage & support success of new students in the Faculty of Land & Food Systems

TitleROOTSS (Reach Out, Orientation, Transition & Study Skills): A social, wellbeing & academic co-curricular program to engage & support success of new students in the Faculty of Land & Food Systems
Faculty/College/UnitLand & Food Systems
StatusActive
Duration2 Year
Initiation04/01/2020
Project Summary

This project supports the further design, development, and implementation of “ROOTSS,” an innovative co-curricular program in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems to promote new-to-LFS students’ academic success, social integration, and overall wellbeing. ROOTSS enables students to connect with peers, staff, and faculty through activities including orientation programming, strategic academic check- ins, workshops, online Canvas modules, and social programming. Building upon the success of the LFS 100 course redesign project (supported by TLEF funds in 2018), and the early launch in June 2020, it leverages insights regarding first-year students’ transition to university, integrates with LFS 100 curriculum, and enhances peer learning and support. ROOTSS programming provides new-to-LFS students and senior student facilitators opportunities to grow their social and professional networks and practice skills to enhance their personal, professional and academic success. ROOTSS supports key priorities identified in the Faculty’s Action Plan: improving retention rates, and supporting student wellbeing and development.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project TitleROOTSS (Reach Out, Orientation, Transition & Study Skills): A social, wellbeing & academic co-curricular program to engage & support success of 1st-year students in the Faculty of Land & Food Systems
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2020/2021
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorChristine Klaray
Year 1: Funded Amount30,860
Year 1: Team Members

Christine Klaray, Director, Student Services, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Candice Rideout, Senior Instructor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Cyprien Lomas, Assistant Dean, Learning Technologies, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Zhaoming Xu, Associate Dean, Academic, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Thilini Leitan, Student Engagement Officer, Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Year 1: TLEF ShowcaseYear 1: TLEF Showcase
Year 2: Project YearYear 2
Year 2: Funding Year2021/2022
Year 2: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 2: Principal InvestigatorChristine Klaray
Year 2: Funded Amount19,140
Year 2: Team Members

Christine Klaray, Director, Student Services, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Candice Rideout, Senior Instructor, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Cyprien Lomas, Assistant Dean, Learning Technologies, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Zhaoming Xu, Associate Dean, Academic, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Thilini Leitan, Student Engagement Officer, Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Annie Lin, ROOTSS Program Coordinator, Faculty of Land and Food Systems