Today's Update: Thursday, June 25

June 25, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, 

There is little doubt that many of us are feeling overwhelmed and stressed. These are unprecedented times, and we are all just trying to do the best we can. This is an especially difficult time for many of our students, and that makes it even more important than ever that we support them. 

These stressors vary and can include the effects of racism and bias, interpersonal difficulties, feelings of isolation and loneliness during distance learning, and much more.  

Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service is doing an extraordinary job providing that support. One example is their “Let’s Talk” program. Through a partnership with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and thanks especially to the work of CCS Clinical Counselor, Peter Oduwole, (embedded in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion) they’ve expanded “Let’s Talk” to every weekday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Zoom. 

Students sign up for a time slot, then can talk to a counselor who can provide strategies, give advice or suggest where to go next if further attention is needed. The program, originally developed at Cornell University, helps remove barriers between students and counselors by creating a more informal, casual interaction. While it’s not formal therapy, a brief conversation with a counselor can often be enough for a student to feel heard, solve a problem or figure out what to do next when they feel stuck. Assessment data find that students develop new insights even after a brief conversation and would use this service again. 

“Let’s Talk,” along with the mental health strategies video series CCS created, show how we can support our students even when our normal way of doing business is turned upside down. Their work is Scarlet and Great!