Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Speech, Language and Hearing Science

First Advisor

Elissa Allen

Second Advisor

Dawn Smith


The COVID-19 pandemic decreased undergraduate students’ feelings of connectedness and increased their anxiety. Research has shown that small group activities between faculty and students may increase feelings of connectedness and community. The purpose of this study is to determine feelings of connectedness among WMU students and identify potential interventions to increase social connectedness that are based on participants’ preferences. The aim of this study is to determine a baseline measure of feelings of social connectedness in WMU students. A secondary aim is to determine student preferences for interventions aimed at increasing feelings of connectedness.

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Honors Thesis-Restricted

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