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:
a new Slack workspace by and for students,
connecting with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), which is ready to help wherever you are,
and an update from BEAM, because many of you have shared that you’re channeling your energy into career planning.
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.
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:
This spreadsheet of positions posted to Handshake was created to help students who normally work on campus, and who are looking for alternative opportunities this spring.
BEAM continues to offer (online for now) coaching and drop-in hours through its Career Communities team, and drop-in hours for specific communities through its Career Catalysts team. Students can also speak to industry specialists. Here’s where to go to make an appointment.
One more option for students this spring is the Stanford Alumni Mentoring platform. Here’s where you can learn more.
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.