CAPS Services for Students of Color
Let's Talk at DMS
The CAPS Let’s Talk program at the Department of Multicultural Services provides students of color with a space to discuss issues of race, intersecting identities (e.g., sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship status, religion, etc.), and other stressors (e.g., family, finances, relationships, etc.), as these concerns can impact student mental health and academic achievement.
The Let’s Talk program is an outreach initiative that meets and engages students in conversation in an environment that feels safe and empowering to them. If a student visits the Let’s Talk Program and they require additional support, such as crisis services or counseling, or if they would benefit from additional CAPS services, the student will be referred to CAPS for further assessment, support, and linkage to the appropriate services.
The Let’s Talk program was created to address the negative impact that racism, hate crimes, and microaggressions have on students of color, particularly at a PWI (predominately white institution). By providing this preventive care, the Let’s Talk program intends to positively contribute to the mental health and wellness of students of color as well as to their retention and graduation rates.
Please visit us at the Let’s Talk Program at the Department of Multicultural Services!
When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1-4pm
Where: Suite 2200 Memorial Student Center
Women of Color Group
This is a supportive space for women of color to explore their experiences, thoughts, and feelings from a cultural lens on topics such as confidence, well-being, and much more.
“Thank you, [facilitator], for leading this group of strong women of color into forming a great support system within each other. I will take everything I learned with me and utilize it to grow as a person. Thank you.”
“It’s the best way to get out of your comfort zone with a small group of people and it begins your journey to learn more about yourself.”
“The group helped me learn that it is okay to express my inner self and taught me ways to look at myself and see what I could grow within myself.”
“I loved being able to open up and trust a group that understands what I’m going through.”
“It made me want to participate more on campus and it made campus not seem like a bad place.”
“Please continue the group.”
Men of Color Group
This group provides a safe and brave space for male students of color (e.g. Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, etc.) to provide support and explore topics related to race, culture, ethnicity, relationships, academics, anxiety, and much more.
International Students Group
This group helps increase knowledge of U.S. cultures and practice English-speaking skills. Students develop skills to cope with adjustment, stress, loneliness, relationships and other challenges. They receive support, understanding, and suggestions from other international students. The group provides a space to share learning experiences, resources, and connect with others from around the world.