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Hendrix SOAR Team Training Readies Participants for 2022-23 Year

Members of the Hendrix College SOAR Team for 2022-23 gather in the Student Affairs area of the Student Life and Technology Center (SLTC). / Courtesy photo

CONWAY, Ark. (August 29, 2022) – The 2022-23 Student Outreach Alternative Resources Team (SOAR) kicked off its 2022-23 academic year with 26 members completing certification in the following programs:

  • Mental Health First Aid, a process for providing help to someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The training helps these peer mentors to identify, understand, and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.
  • One Love Campaign is a series of short and shareable digital content in five unique chapters that shine a spotlight on unhealthy or emotionally abusive relationship behaviors—or the gray area between love and control. The training teaches peer mentors how to safely intervene and educate peers when factors indicate “That’s Not Love!”
  • ASIST, the implementation of LivingWorks Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Studies show that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk.
  • Substance (visual identification and symptom identification) provides information regarding identification and prevention of compulsive drug or alcohol use that leads to significant disruptions in daily living, including loss of education or work, relationships, and health.
  • Campus Safety (for Hendrix College) includes the process of collaboration between members of the SOAR Team and the campus Public Safety staff to protect the rights, responsibilities, and health of the residents on campus as well as the physical campus.
  • Emotional Intelligence, a session assisting SOAR Team members in enhancing their capacity as individuals to recognize their own and others’ emotions, to differentiate between different feelings and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behavior.

SOAR Team members also received information regarding:

  • Safe Zone (LGBTQ+), a resource for powerful, effective, LGBTQ+ awareness and ally training; it provides terminology and definitions to assist individuals in better understanding the changing culture of identity in society.
  • Title IX, which protects people from discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities. SOAR mentors learn how to identify acceptable versus unacceptable actions and behaviors and to make sure that campus policy and procedures are followed by students and those affecting life in the campus community.

Comprehensive certifications were received by students Janiya Ashford, Joey Beard, Chiara Bunting, Alexandria Cade, Cierra Daniels, Dominic Diamond, Ta’Mya Dotson, Ethan Epperson, Makenzie Henderson, Gillian Henneberry, Julie Hooper, Victoria Horan, Zacchaeus Knowles, Nate Lemke, Alicia McCloria, Areej Mukhtar, Megan Pelley, Sam Pierce, Olman Pineda, Marah Rice, Curtis Rubarts, Monique Williams, and Kylon Williams.

Mental Health First Aid certifications were also received by staff members Mike LeBlanc, assistant dean of students; David Bugh, director of Public Safety; Jessica Gray, Public Safety officer, Jessica Fulbright, Title IX coordinator and education coordinator; Nathan Van Soy, director of student accounts; Kristi Crowley, women’s lacrosse coach; and Taylor Frombaugh, women’s lacrosse assistant coach.

In addition, ASIST Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Suicide Management certifications were received by Director Bugh and Shondell Ollison, Public Safety officer.

About SOAR

SOAR is a student–led program operating under the guidance of the Office of Student Outreach Services (SOS). SOAR is made up of returning students who are campus leaders wanting to make a difference in the lives of incoming students by serving students as peer mentors – not in the academic sense, but in the social world of the Hendrix College community.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit