Let's talk, a space to talk about mental health & wellbeing

New Counseling Program

Let’s Talk is a drop-in service for students that offers informal, confidential consultations with a counselor from the University Counseling Center. This might work best for students who are hesitant about reaching out for formal counseling services or students who would like to share about a specific situation. We offer both general Let’s Talk times open to all enrolled GV students as well as Let’s Talk: Black Mental Health, which allows Black students the opportunity to consult with a Black counselor. Faculty and staff can refer students directly to the Let’s Talk website, which also includes dates and times. Let’s Talk is not formal counseling, thus visits are not documented, except in emergency situations.
Let’s Talk is not appropriate for urgent concerns or mental health emergencies.

DEI Training

DSA's new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee has invited Dr. Alisha Davis to offer a training for the division on Implicit Bias and Microaggressions, November 17, 3-5 p.m., 2266 Kirkhof Center. All Search Committee chairs, current and future, are invited to attend, along with anyone else who is interested. 
Registration for this event will be sent to the division soon. For questions or concerns, please contact Takeelia Garrett (garrettt@gvsu.edu), DEI Committee Chair.
A Ghoulish Rave at Lubbers Stadium poster students dancing during Halloween event
Halloween Fun!
Recreation & Wellness staff teamed up with Alcohol & Other Drugs Services and the Wellness Information Team (WIT) to host a Ghoulish Rave on Wednesday, October 20 in the Rec Center. 45 students enjoyed Halloween themed mocktails, the wellness cart, and goody giveaways. Students were given glow tubes to dance with and were hyped up by fitness instructors, Javen and Toni, with hit songs and Halloween themed routines. This was a fun and festive way for students to celebrate the spooky season in an alcohol-free, safe environment!
Power, Privilege, and Difficult Dialogues.

Teach-In Hosts Needed

The 2021 Teach-In, November 10 & 11, is in need of volunteers to serve as session hosts. The session host attends the session, reminds participants of ground rules (a script is provided), and moderates the session. Having hosts who understand the social justice mission of the Teach-In is crucial to supporting its purpose. To sign up with your availablity, visit the Teach-In website.

A brief (30 minute) required training for hosts will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, November 3 at 11 a.m. and Thursday, November 4 at 9 a.m. However, if you’re not able to attend either session, a recording will be emailed for you to watch on your own time.

DSA Training & Development

2021-2022 Training & Development
Social Justice: Becoming a Heart-Centered Leader
November 3, 10-11:30 a.m
Kirkhof Center, room 2204 (Pere Marquette)

Presenter: Elisa Salazar, Employee Ombuds
*RSVP required

Holiday Celebration
December 8, 10-11:30 a.m.
Kirkhof Center, room 2250 (Grand River)
*RSVP required

Division of Student Affairs Film Series

Fail State
November 18, 12 - 1 p.m. (Virtual)
*Hosted by: Jill Wolfe, Military & Veterans Resource Manager 

*RSVP required to receive zoom link

DSA Professional Development Scholarship
Looking to attend a conference this semester, but low on funds? Apply for our DSA Professional Development Scholarship!
Katie handcycle The Color Run with her friend Rachelle Katie playing Wheelchair Hockey with her friend Katie.
Katie handcycling the Color Run with her friend Rachelle (left), Katie playing Wheelchair Hockey with her friend Katie (right)

Meet the Division: Katie Feirer, 

Recreation & Wellness

 Katie Feirer

Title: Marketing & Communications Coordinator with Recreation & Wellness

Position Description:
  • Lead social media efforts for the department across various platforms and accounts, working with staff and program-areas to develop content, that engage both internal and external campus partners, while maintaining a unified brand identity.
  • Oversee department publications including the monthly newsletter, identifying stories and compiling relevant information from departmental programs.

Share something about yourself that others may not know: My name is on a plaque in Spartan Stadium.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your work at GV? I enjoy playing adaptive sports, participating in adaptive fitness, or being outdoors. 

What is your favorite or funniest college memory, either as a student or as a staff? During my undergrad, I'll never forget sitting in the Spartan Stadium Student Section for the first time.

What do you love about helping college students? Playing a part in a student's ability to change their well being, not only physically, but mentally too is something I'll always enjoy. Having been a college student not so long ago, I remember participating in a sport or fitness class for the first time. I strive to share that feeling with all students I interact with.

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