1. Your Resident Assistant
For first-year, second-year and other students who live on-campus, this resource is one that you see all the time. Resident Assistants (RAs) are trained extensively on the resources available on-campus, and are there to be a resource for students in residence halls. Most RAs are glad to answer questions that you have, and will help you in any way that they can. They are also trained on dealing with issues within residence halls and are there to ensure your safety.
2. Academic Advising
Academic Advising is able to help when you need help regarding your classes and major/minor. Drop-in sessions are available on Monday and Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m; it’s best to call ahead at 303-871-2455 to ensure availability. You can also schedule an appointment (which is highly recommended around registration as there may not be availability for drop-in sessions) at https://isarsgrid.du.edu/eSARS/SLAcademicAdvising/eSARS.asp?WCI=Init&WCE=Settings
3. Health and Counseling Center (HCC)
The Health & Counseling Center (HCC) offers a lot of helpful resources to support you in maintaining your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. They provide medical, counseling and CAPE services, as well as health promotion and collegiate recovery.
4. Student Outreach and Support (SOS)
Student Outreach and Support (SOS) is the office on campus that can support students in addressing concerns and navigating challenging situations. You are able to submit a referral for yourself or one of your peers at the SOS website, and therefore get the support and resources that you need.
5. My Personal Support Portal (SSP)
This is a free, 24/7 support and students can speak to clinical advisors in their preferred language. Although this service was originally made for international students, it has now expanded to include domestic students as well. Information can be found at us.myissp.com.
6. The Cultural Center
The Cultural Center organizes activities on-campus that are catered to students from different cultures. They also manage the DU affinity groups such as the Asian/Black/Latinx/Queer Student Alliances. Joining affinity groups is a good way to find a group of people who understand struggles you are gong through and who are able to support you.
Author: Ronnie Cheng
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