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BEAM, Well-Being at Stanford, and More Week 2 Updates

A message to all undergraduates with campus updates.

Hello everyone!

Let’s go for a walk with Riva around Lake Lag! 

I hope you can find a place where spending time alone enables you to take a break from thinking about other parts of your life and our collective lives, and just embrace what it means to be present among things that are beautiful and peaceful.

I’d also like to share just a little bit more information about ways to relieve unconscious stress. Here’s the NPR interview I mention in the video, and below you’ll find more on:

I’d like to send a huge thanks to everyone emailing my office with suggestions for these walks with Riva. Where should we go next time? Down Lasuen through the middle of campus? Across Meyer Green? Along the Row? I’m taking requests, and I’d love to hear from you.


Susie Brubaker-Cole
Vice Provost for Student Affairs


Student Slack workspace

Three undergraduates -- Rachel Naidich, Lainey Wang and Maddie Wang -- have created a Slack workspace with the intent of replicating, in the midst of COVID-19, some sense of the Stanford community. The workspace allows interest groups and class-wide discussions to take place. It also provides opportunities for students to meet new friends and study buddies. Students looking for pset partners, study sessions, or just people to talk to can join the workspace and find individual channels for their interests and spring quarter classes. You’ll also find a feature that makes it simple for students to schedule Zoom meetups with others, helping students stay connected while we’re apart. Thank you Rachel, Lainey and Maddie for creating this workspace for everyone!

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

CAPS is open and ready to help. Here are five ways to connect this spring:

  • For students sheltering in place here in California, CAPS is providing telehealth video visits, including brief therapy and medication treatment. 

  • For students outside California, CAPS is providing care management services, including helping students connect to resources in their area, and supporting them while they are seeking care locally.

  • For students on or near campus, CAPS is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and available to meet in-person with students whose needs can’t be met via telehealth services. CAPS asks students to call ahead to consult on how best to meet their needs while adhering to public health guidelines for COVID-19.

  • CAPS is collaborating with community centers, campus partners, and Well-Being at Stanford to determine what type of virtual outreach services will best meet community needs at this time.

  • For immediate mental health crisis assistance, students can call CAPS 24/7 from any location to reach an on-call counselor (650-723-3785).

BEAM Career Education

BEAM has been hearing from employers and students who’d like to connect. Here’s how BEAM is moving the conversation forward:

We love hearing from you

What’s on your mind? How can Student Affairs help you now, and throughout this quarter? Please share your suggestions and questions for our community centers, health services, residences, Student Services Center, and more. This helps us tremendously in terms of tracking trends and responding to student interests. We’ll do our very best to provide answers to you individually and/or via next week’s video and message.