The New Student Den / Najia Barclay / Nina Mettler

June 15, 2011
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Problem: Students are intimidated to visit the guidance suite because they don’t want to be perceived as having problems.

Solution: The redesigned and renamed student den is welcoming and encourages students to take
advantage of all the services available from academic advising to psychological and health support.

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Before: Bland, institutional space with white walls and nothing to welcome you to the guidance suite.

After: Bright colors, large text on the walls and positive messages creative an inviting, friendly atmosphere.

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Brightly painted doors with fun pun signs encourage students to enter the center.

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The words “welcome” and “hello” in various languages greet you and provide a recognizable entrance.

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When you first enter “The Den” you see a vivid green wall with large positive messages.

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Interactive bulletin boards line the hallways to help break the ice. Students, teachers and staff all submit answers to the monthly questions.

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The corner previously occupied by a copier and printer is better utilized as a lounge area. As another way to engage students to take ownership of the space, the mural club can paint the walls to help create the relaxing zone.

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A poster campaign throughout the school gives reasons to visit “The Den” including to Find out if you passed, Get condoms and Talk about how you’re feeling.