The Bluefield State CARE Team is a multidisciplinary group of professional staff from key areas of the college community. Each member brings knowledge and expertise in fields including crisis intervention, student development, health & wellness, retention, academic support, and residence life. The CARE Team collaborates with many other offices and colleagues across campus to connect students with resources and support. Through early identification of academic difficulties, behavioral disruptions, health issues, or social concerns, the CARE Team works with students to mitigate crises and promote retention and success both in and out of the classroom. 2021-2022 CARE Team Members Ron Shidemantle Dean of Students Jane Charnock Deputy General Counsel Dr. Cravor Jones Director of the Counseling Center Dr. Tamara Ferguson Retention Specialist Carolyn Kirby Director of the Academic Success Center Sherri Williams Director of the Student Health Center Zachary Carlisle Director of Student Housing Jessica McDaniel Counselor How the CARE Team Works The CARE Team meets weekly to review CARE Referrals and develop plans for support and intervention. When a CARE Referral is made, it is reviewed for any urgent concerns that require immediate attention. Most of the time, referrals are reviewed during weekly meetings and the team concerns the best way to manage each situation. Not every CARE Referral requires substantial action; in other cases, a series of action items may be developed with the eventual involvement of multiple team members.