A key part of keeping the DU community safe and healthy includes a focus on general wellbeing for students and employees.
Student wellbeing is a holistic concept that includes mental health, social connections, and identity-based support. The following initiatives and offices are included as examples of DU support for students, helping them along their path toward leading lives of purpose and passion and having fulfilling careers.
- Peer-to-Peer Connections: For any student who is part of a cohort experience at the undergraduate or graduate level, DU will leverage the cohorts to build community and connection in more intentional ways. In addition, DU will use technology to create a “buddy system” to pair upper level students with first-and second-year students who would like to have that connection and engagement. Also, student workers, peer ambassadors in different colleges, and Discoveries orientation leaders can help connect students who may need additional support to campus resources. Involvement in identity-based support services will be leveraged to create peer-to-peer connections. At the graduate level, a more structured mentoring program is being developed to assist in the transition.
- Student Services offered remote services during Spring 2020 and plans a hybrid model of support for students in Fall 2020, with in-person and remote opportunities for connection. Students should have the option of scheduling remote meetings or in-person with the appropriate social distancing and other health measures in place.
- Student Outreach & Support (SOS) provides a central hub to connect students to resources for food and housing insecurity, wellbeing, academic support and more. Students referred to SOS are assigned a case manager and receive outreach within 1 business day. The SOS staff also oversees engagement and assistance funds to support our students. More information including on how to make referrals (self-referrals, referrals for/from peers, from families, faculty, and staff) can be found here.
Identity-Based Support, Programming, and Resources
Through the Cultural Center, Veterans Services Program, Access and Transitions, Learning Effectiveness Program, Disability Services Program (DSP) and International Student and Scholar Services, DU offers comprehensive resources, programming, community building and services for identity-based support.
Mental Health Supports
COVID-19 continues to have a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing of our community. Many individuals report increased feelings of loneliness, depression, anxiety, as well as increased substance use. Moreover, families face new stressors that have strained their relationships and coping abilities.
All DU students, their partners, and dependents also have access to My SSP, a mental health support service. Students are matched with support in their own native language and culture. Confidential support is offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through chat and telephone, with full integration with on-campus resources.
In the fall, we will continue to offer telehealth services from our on-campus clinics to serve the community.
The DU Mental Health and Wellness Collaborative (“The Collaborative”) is a multi-disciplinary initiative focusing on addressing mental illness and enhancing wellness. Across campus, through the Center for Child & Family Psychology Clinic, the Professional Psychology Clinic, the Developmental Neuropsychology Clinic, the Sturm Center, and the Counseling and Educational Service Clinic, it offers low-fee (as low as $5-10 a session) therapy services for children, adults, couples, and families. It also offers assessments to help individuals identify a variety of issues, including ADHD, Specific Learning Disorders, Autism to name a few. In response to COVID-19, the Collaborative quickly organized a group of licensed clinicians and supported their time to provide community services; it continues to offer services that may be helpful for DU community members.
Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment (CAPE) is committed to providing free and confidential advocacy and support to any DU community member impacted by sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, stalking, and harassment. CAPE is available remotely, and we recognize that accessing remote services may not be accessible or safe for some survivors during this time. We are here to navigate barriers to support, and are able to connect through a variety of platforms. We have also compiled a list of online resources and information.
Collegiate Recovery Community is a peer-driven community of support for students in recovery from substance use disorders. The community seeks to support and protect students' long-term recovery through programming focused on peer support, recovery coaching, academic guidance, health and wellness activities, leadership development, and service opportunities. The Center offers a virtual community lounge, alcohol and drug-free social events, support meetings, peer mentoring, and educational seminars and events. The CRC is a supportive environment within the campus culture that reinforces the decision to pursue sobriety. It is designed to provide academic excellence alongside recovery support to ensure that students do not have to sacrifice one for the other. For more information about becoming a member of the Collegiate Recovery Community and Recovery Housing, contact CRC at firstname.lastname@example.org or (303) 871-3699.
Employee wellbeing is also a holistic concept that includes mental health and social support. The following initiatives and offices are included as examples of DU support for employees. For more detailed information on work accommodations or related issues, please see the appropriate sections of this document.
The Wellbeing Program, as a part of Human Resources & Inclusive Community provides programming and incentives to encourage employees to thrive.
Support Linc, formerly known as the Employee Assistance Program, offers a range of supports for employees, including expert referrals and counseling.
Back-up Child Care
DU offers up to three days of back-up child care at subsidized rates through Bright Horizons.