Community Check-Ins

Community check-ins are intended to help foster a sense of connection, provide informal support and consultation, and connect students to campus resources, when needed.  Examples of past community check-ins include providing a space to discuss the impact of local and national events on identity-based communities, providing a space to connect with others with shared identities, and bringing together campus partners and resources in a single, supportive space. The casual nature of these spaces paired with guidance from Counseling and Wellness Center staff and peer support contribute to an environment that promotes emotional and mental well-being. 

The Counseling and Wellness Center is eager to expand our community check-in offerings.  If you would like to see the Counseling and Wellness Center offer a particular community check-in, either as a single session or an ongoing series, please contact Chris Edwards, Outreach Coordinator. 

While an extension of Counseling and Wellness Center services, community check-ins are not a form of treatment. Attending community check-ins does not mean you are a client of the Counseling and Wellness Center.

Breathe

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Tuesdays on Zoom | 3-4:15PM

This is a weekly community support space which will provide a safe, healing space for Black students to release and find rejuvenation. Rooted in cultural empowerment, this will be a space for Black students to share experiences, gain support and build community. The hope is that this will be a safe space for Black students to unmask, “just be” and engage in authentic sharing. Starts October 19!

Soul Space

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10/28, 11/18 & 12/9 on Zoom | 6-7:15PM

This is a monthly series for Black students which centers on holistic wellness and radical self-care practices.

Let's Connect: First-Year Community

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Thursdays on Zoom | 4-5PM

Is this your first year on campus? Would you like to connect with other students new to campus while also having an opportunity to informally talk to a counselor? This is the space for you! During these times of challenge and isolation, we all need a moment to connect. Join us on Zoom, Thursdays from 4 to 5pm.  

Meeting ID: 955 5345 4370 

Password: 934201 

Graduate Student Support Space

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In-person & Virtual Options

Join staff from the Counseling & Wellness Center for a pause in your day to gather together, enjoy a guided relaxation practice, and take some time to share and process your experience as a Western grad student.

In-person  

10/28 2-3pm  AW 406 
11/18 2-3pm  AW 406 
12/2 2-3pm  AW 406 

Virtual

10/22 3:30-4:30pm  
11/23 3:30-4:30pm  
12/7 3:30-4:30pm 

Asian Student Community Care Space

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Mondays on Zoom | 4-5PM

Join us in our weekly drop-in virtual care space centering the voices and experiences of Western's Asian student community.

Mondays, 4-5 p.m. starting 11/1 on Zoom. 

Join Us on Zoom

Meeting ID: 934 2803 5752
Passcode: 5h7gwV

NOTICE: Let's Talk will return as an in-person program for fall 2021. Stay tuned for days, times, and locations! For information about upcoming community check-ins or to collaborate with the Counseling Center, please check back or email Chris Edwards, Outreach Coordinator

Let's Talk Program

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Let’s Talk is a program that provides drop-in consultation at locations around campus for WWU students. It’s free, no appointment is necessary, and students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Just show up for an informal, friendly, and confidential consultation. Speaking with a counselor consultant can help provide insight, solutions, and information about additional resources or how to establish care with a mental health provider. Let’s Talk is not a substitute for formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. The counselor consultant can listen to your specific concerns and serve as a bridge to the Counseling and Wellness Center or other support services as needed

Common concerns brought up at Let’s Talk include:

  • Stress
  • Sadness
  • Worry
  • Relationship issues
  • Academic concerns
  • Family problems
  • Adjustment issues
  • Identity concerns
  • Culture shock
  • Financial strain
  • ...and more!

Questions about Let’s Talk? Visit the Let’s Talk Guide or email Chris Edwards, Outreach Coordinator

The Let’s Talk program at Western Washington University is based on the Let’s Talk Program at Cornell University. With permission, some of the material from this website has been adapted or reproduced from the Cornell University Let’s Talk website. We would like to thank Matt Boone, LCSW, for his assistance in helping us launch this program on our campus. This successful model has paved the way for us and many others.