What participants are saying
At the conclusion of the pilot year for Meals with Heels, the following outcomes were reported:
- One student said, “I gained a better understanding of who my
professor is and created a relationship with him.”
- After participating in the Meals with Heels program,
57.1% of student respondents say they are very likely to increase their
out-of-classroom interactions with faculty, and 42.8% say they are somewhat
likely to do the same.
- The majority of students (71.4%) think that
faculty and student out-of-class interactions are very important, while 14.3%
say they are important, and 14.3% say they are moderately important.
- When asked what they gained from the Meals with Heels program, students mentioned: relationships with faculty, the background of the subjects taught by faculty, a
better understanding of their professors, and insightful conversation from
participating in the program.
- After participating in the MWH program, 100% of
faculty felt more connected to their students, would participate in the program
again, and would recommend the program to other faculty.
- One faculty member explained, “I really enjoyed
learning more about my students and why they were interested in the class.”
- The program allowed
faculty to connect with and gain insight into the
lives of the students. Student-faculty discussion topics ranged from personal
experiences to discussing future research projects and graduate school
- One faculty member
said that Meals with Heels “helps (the students) realize I'm just another person,
and it helps me realize all the things (the students) have pulling at them.”