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Spotlight on Wellness Center’s Community Spaces

Graphic by Francisco Wang

For any student looking for a little extra social support at the start of the semester, the Wellness Center is offering a variety of community spaces aimed at diverse populations.

These identity-based, informal group sessions provide students with the opportunity to “connect, relax, and share their lived experiences” with like-minded people at a set time every week or month. 

Each of the meetings is led by a counselor from Rollins’ Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Unlike therapy meetings, you do not need to be an existing CAPS client to attend, and they are offered on an anonymous, drop-in basis. 

Many of the groups are already hosting meetings, including the following which are located on campus, inside the Wellness Center:

  • If you’re someone who desires to “abstain from substances, make friends, and find support in sobriety,” the Sober Community Space currently occurs every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. 
  • On Mondays from 3 p.m. till 4 p.m., counselor Lizzy Hunter’s Disability Community Space welcomes students “with disabilities, visible or invisible, who are looking to connect and share their authentic selves and experiences in a safe space.”

Starting this month, the following meetings will be held in the Lucy Cross Center, located in Lakeside Neighborhood: 

  • For LGBTQ individuals, the Queer Student Community Space led by counselors Valeria and Cait occurs on the first Monday of every month. The meetings will be held from 4 p.m. till 5 p.m. 
  • Also on Thursdays, counselor Lauren will be hosting a Black Community Space from 12 p.m. till 1 p.m., starting on Feb. 23. 

If you have immediate concerns, CAPS also offers one-on-one counseling free of charge to students. If you are experiencing an emergency, students are advised to call 911.

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