From the Desk of the Provost: October 2015
Dear IU families,
The Bloomington campus came together recently to mourn the loss of two students, junior Yaolin Wang and sophomore Joseph Smedley II, who were taken from our community far too soon. Our hearts ache for the families of these students, and they remain in our thoughts and prayers. Last week we honored Yaolin and Joseph in a candlelight vigil in Dunn Meadow, but the healing process will be slow and difficult. Although this has been a trying time for our campus, we are finding solace in the strength of our community.
I want to take this opportunity to share information about some of the counseling and psychological support services available for students on the Bloomington campus.
- CAPS Now During spring semester 2015, IU’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Program launched CAPS Now, a program that provides our students with easier and more immediate access to mental health care. CAPS is located on level four of the IU Health Center, at 600 N. Jordan Ave. Students may either walk into CAPS during business hours, or call 812-855-5711 and be seen for an initial half-hour assessment within 48 hours. CAPS counselors are professional psychologists, counselors and social workers experienced at working with college students and the specific challenges they face.
- Student Advocates The Student Advocates are retired faculty and administrator volunteers. These caring members of our community have decades of experience helping students navigate challenges with academics, as well as financial and personal issues that interfere with a student’s progress toward a degree. This is a program of the Division of Student Affairs, located in Eigenmann Hall West 225 (1900 E. Tenth St.).
- Crimson CORPS For those who feel more comfortable talking to a peer, CAPS offers Crimson CORPS, a group of undergraduates who are trained to informally listen, support, and help other students find the resources they need during tough times. Becoming a peer mentor for this program is a significant time commitment—participating students take part in regular training sessions and bi-weekly meetings, with a minimum commitment of two semesters. The impact for our students has been remarkable on both sides, and has contributed to the culture of safety and compassion we work hard to cultivate and maintain on this campus.
Our community is committed to helping IU students feel safe and empowered both on and off campus. All students should contribute to a compassionate, respectful campus environment, where students care about one another across friend groups, majors and backgrounds. For examples of how students can become involved in contributing to a positive culture, read about Culture of Care, a group whose mission is about “spreading compassion, and promoting a culture of awareness and courage.”
All my very best,
Provost and Executive Vice President