From the desk of Bill Stackman, vice chancellor for student affairs
There’s a framed print that sits on the shelf in Beth Lauchstaedt’s office. It reads, “Students need someone to care. I will always be that person.”
This is such a great way to sum up the motivation for working in Student Affairs that I wish I had come up with it. But the words belong to Lauchstaedt, who recently started a new chapter in her Mizzou career as a member of our Care Team.
“That sign embodies the passion I feel for this work and I think it is integral in explaining why I do this work,” Lauchstaedt said. “I hope that students feel the care, support and passion that myself and the other members of our team feel as we work with students.”
Part of the Office of Student Accountability & Support, the Care Team provides one-on-one support, including interventions, advocacy, referrals and follow-up services for students when they experience significant difficulties related to mental health, physical health, personal and family emergencies, financial issues or other areas of concern.
“Students can expect that a member of our team will provide individualized support based on their specific needs,” Lauchstaedt said. “Because student needs vary, our support for each student will be different. Oftentimes our work with students involves assistance with connecting to resources both on- and off-campus.”
Alaina Karaffa, another new member of the Care Team, brings a wealth of experience from working in community non-profits. “I enjoy helping people unravel knots and support them in being their best self and reach their goals,” she said.
Karaffa brings the same supportive attitude to her work on the Care Team. “We are here to listen and meet students where they are,” she said. “We are supportive, lend an ear and help navigate whatever may be going on in their life.”