On-campus resources aid CSU students in emotional, mental and physical health

Hannah Ditzenberger

From legal hardships to finding friends, Colorado State University students face challenges on a daily basis. The University offers resources for students to improve their emotional, mental and physical health and assist in various problems that arise.

Counseling Services

Located in Hartshorn Medical Center, counseling services are available for all students who are enrolled in at least one class and pay the University health and counseling fee.

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Counseling services employs licensed psychologists, clinical social workers and professional counselors. Graduate students in these fields are also available at the center. Students can meet with staff for a variety of issues, including long-term mental health concerns and emergency crises.

Services include individual counseling, couple therapy and group therapy.

Women and Gender Advocacy Center

The Women and Gender Advocacy Center educates students on gender, social justice and interpersonal violence.

Their mission is to “provide a safe and affirming space for the students we serve at Colorado State University, while supporting systemic change to end all forms of oppression within our community.”

They provide support and assistance for students being stalked and victims of sexual violence, relationship abuse, harassment and childhood abuse.

WGAC programs include Men in the Movement, Take Back the Night and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

WGAC is located at 234 Lory Student Center and 112 Student Service Building.

Student Legal Services

For students enrolled in at least six credits, student legal services offers free, confidential consultation with professional lawyers.

Combined, the employees have backgrounds in every type of legal issue, with the exception of tax, immigration and complex intellectual property issues.

The SLS office, located at 284 Lory Student Center, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekday.

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Ally Resource Center

The LGBTQQA Resource Centers seeks to “foster a campus free of prejudice, bigotry, harassment and violence.”

Programs include the Coming Out Group, a group that discusses coming out, healthy relationships, religion and more; LGBTQ 101 and Beyond, a workshop about LGBTQ community; and Visible Voices, an educational tool used to teach students about issues surrounding LGBTQ youth and their families.

International Student and Scholar Services

The International Student and Scholar Services office assists international students with “cultural adjustment, academic integration, professional growth and personal support.”

The department puts on events and programs to foster international student relationships and understanding of the United States. Upcoming events include Career Success Workshop: Interviewing Skills and Learn to Ski Trip with Fort Collins International Center

Student Case Management

Student Case Management assists students when they are facing difficult situations, like illness, family problems, injury and personal crises.

They connect students with resources that will help them with their individual problems. Additionally, student case management helps students communicate with their professors when challenging circumstances arise.

Student Case Management is located in E203 Newsom Hall.

The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT)

From difficulty choosing a major to preparation for graduate school, TILT offers support for students experiencing a range of academic challenges.

Located on the north side of the Oval, TILT offers individual and group tutoring for students in various chemistry, biology, math and economics classes.

Resources for Disabled Students

Resources for Disabled Students provides support and aid for students with permanent and temporary disabilities. Support differs from student to student.

Their goal is to”ensure students with disabilities or chronic health conditions have the opportunity to be as successful as they have the capability to be.”

Resources for Disabled Students is located at 100 General Services.

Native American Student Services

Native American Student Services assists Native American students in their academic and personal goals. The department aims to help Native American students successfully transition to the University without forsaking their cultural values.

Additionally, the office educates CSU and Fort Collins on Native American history, culture and philosophy.

Programs include Native American Heritage Month, Eagle Feather Tutoring Program and Native American Women’s Circle.

The office is located in the Lory Student Center West.

Asian Pacific American Cultural Center

The Asian Pacific American Cultural Center’s mission is to provide “programs and services to support the retention, graduation and success of students.”

Located in the Lory Student Center West, the center’s programs include T.E.A. Time, a bimonthly event about Asian culture, and First Year Mentoring Program, a support group for students to discuss their transition to university and to learn about Asian American issues.

Black African Cultural Center

The Black African Cultural Center supports students in their “academic, professional, cultural,and personal development.” They attempt to educate students on the culture, history, heritage and traditions of African American culture.

Their programs include Black History Month, African American Women Dedicated to Excellence and Rites of Passage.

The BAACC is located at 204 Lory Student Center.

Collegian Diversity Beat Reporter Hannah Ditzenberger can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter at @h_ditzenberger.