How Do I Let Students Know That I Care About Them, and That They Can Talk to Me?
Tell Them Right From the Start
Tell them explicitly, and show them through your actions, that you both care about their well-being and want them to get the support they need while at Stanford. Take the time during your first interaction with students to acknowledge the strange and difficult time we just lived through, and the uncertainty (and hope) that we feel for the future. Make sure to highlight that while you are a source of support for them students need at least a few trusted adults during their time here. To succeed AND flourish at Stanford we all need multiple layers of support.
Students want to know that you care about them, and importantly, what kind of support they can expect from you.