College students can have many stressors–academics, relationships, depression, anxiety, and more. With the recent political changes to our country, there are new crises in the lives of our students with diverse and multicultural backgrounds. International students, especially those from countries highlighted in the recent executive orders, face tremendous uncertainty and confusion. Racism and fear are on the rise. Fortunately, support abounds on the Indiana University Bloomington campus.
“At Indiana University, we embrace openness to the world. This has long been a hallmark of great global universities such as ours that seek to attract the best students, scholars and researchers from every country and champion the cause of greater cultural understanding,” said President Michael A. McRobbie in a recent statement. “The directives contained in this executive order will have a considerable impact on IU’s international students and scholars, many of whom are feeling frightened and unsettled, interfering with their travel plans and other commitments.”
If you identify and need someone to talk to in this regard or for other general stressors, a “Let’s Talk Now” consultant or counselor is an excellent place to start.
What’s Let’s Talk?
As a student, you may confront issues in and out of the classroom that affect your ability to succeed in both your personal life and the classroom. Often it can help to talk to a willing ear. Other times, you may need more advanced help. Either way, Let’s Talk has you covered with two programs:
- Let’s Talk Now is a free and confidential informal conversation with an emphasis on self-understanding and finding solutions to your problems. In addition to your walk-in conversation, Let’s Talk Now connects you to other accessible campus resources, both informal and formal.
- Let’s Keep Talking is for when you do need more than just a friendly chat. Professional counselors are available to meet and address any more complex issues.
Our diverse group of consultants and counselors come from Indiana University Health Center’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the School of Education’s Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology.
What’s the first step?
Drop in during scheduled hours at any of our six locations to talk informally with a Let’s Talk Now consultant about anything at all. It’s free and confidential!
Counselors are available to talk–not judge–and there’s no pressure to continue beyond this initial conversation.
Hours and Locations for Let’s Talk Now:
- Asian Culture Center: Wednesdays 1:00-3:00 p.m.; Thursdays 12:00-2:30 p.m., 4:30-7:00 p.m.
- First Nations Educational and Cultural Center: Thursdays, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
- La Casa, Latino Cultural Center: Tuesdays, 1:00-3:30 p.m.
- Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center: Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
- Office of International Services: Fridays, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Let’s Keep Talking hours and locations can be found at go.iu.edu/letstalk.