The Undergraduate Student Government Student Affairs wellness course is on track to be piloted for first-year undergraduate students this fall.
Marina Hrovat, Director of Wellness Affairs, spearheaded the initiative after she noticed a large effort from USG to implement in-person training on various wellness topics.
“In working with other members in USG, we realized there were more areas that students needed guidance to thrive in their years at USC,” she said.
According to Hrovat, the course is mandatory and will cover one of nine topics per week, which include active shooter prevention, personal finance, sexual assault, healthy relationships and more. On the tenth week, students will work on projects intended to reflect on what they’ve learned.
“Administrators and specialists in each of the topics would give a short, online video lecture, around 15 minutes, for students to view before class,” Hrovat said. “In the classroom, we would train graduate student facilitators to lead discussion and activities centered around each week’s topic.”
The course is one unit, credit or no credit course with two hours per week of class time and a 15 minute online video lecture, she said.
“The course is not meant to be work intensive, but rather a space for discussion and exploration,” Hrovat said.
The course will be “volunteer-based” for the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019. Then, it will be mandatory for all incoming undergraduates, which includes transfers as well as first-year students, Hrovat said in a statement to the Daily Trojan.
“I feel that if I wanted to know more about [those subjects] I could just do it on my own time,” Jisu Kim, a freshman Biological Sciences major, said. “Having it as a class wouldn’t engage the students.”
Martin Tran, is a residential advisor at Parkside Arts and Humanities Residential College. As an RA, he feels the course mitigates his burden of having to make campus resources known to his residents.
“This is a huge responsibility to put into one person, especially since RAs have many residents on a floor, or possibly two,” Tran said.
However, he thinks the time commitment is too much for students.
“The cost-to-benefit ratio would start [to wane] at some point,” he said.
Hrovat believes that the course is in the best interests of students.
“It is through all of our efforts that we have planned a curriculum that at its core is about changing culture at USC that fosters an accountable, proactive, and ultimately thriving community,” Hrovat said.