The University of North Dakota and its students have a variety of groups and workshops to choose from. Some examples of these are support groups are Qmmunity and Black Voices. Qmmunity is a weekly discussion group for LGBTQIA students to connect, share, and explore personal experiences. We ask that attendees show respect for identity, shared stories, and life experiences as we create a safe space for sharing and learning. This is a partner program with the University Counseling Center and Student Diversity & Inclusion. The meetings are from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays until December 9, 2020. The meeting link is https://und.zoom.us/j/94185181964 and the Meeting ID is 941 8518 1964. For more information contact Jeff Gibson at [email protected] or visit https://und.edu/student-life/counseling center/counseling/group.html.
Black Voices is a safe space for black students to connect, share and explore personal and global experiences together. The zoom link and meeting ID is https://und-hipaa.zoom.us/j/91049616189?pwd=SEh6MFlaUnlXNm9UVXNuOCtXN09qUT09. The meetings are from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays until December 2, 2020. For more information contact Carolyn Shabb at [email protected] or (701) 777–2127.
UND also offers support groups for students having a hard and stressful time adjusting to college, or even for personal problems. One group at UND is Coping with Today. Coping with Today is a facilitated conversation focused on the intersection of daily stressors, current events and mental and emotional health. Conversations may include sharing challenging experiences, personal strategies for managing stress, inspiration to keep moving, developing coping skills and understanding how current events impact our individual and collective well-being. Meetings for Coping with Today are Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. until Thursday December 17, 2020. The link for the meeting is https://und-hipaa.zoom.us/j/93304964835. For more information contact Taylor Sorlien at [email protected].
Another group on campus is the Managing Stress Workshop Series. The managing Stress Workshop Series helps you practice simple techniques that you can apply to help manage stress and anxiety. You can join any or all their 30-minute virtual workshops. These workshops are
September 25: Engaging the Parasympathetic Nervous System, Part 1, October 2: Tapping for Release (Emotional Freedom Technique), October 9: Releasing Pressure, October 16: Engaging the Parasympathetic Nervous System, Part 2, October 23: Acceptance as a Part of Stress Management, October 30: Managing Automatic Negative Thoughts, November 6: What to do with Worry, November 13: Self-Care (Moving Beyond Netflix), November 20: Checking in with Yourself, and December 4: Putting it All Together to Prepare for Finals. Meetings are Fridays from 1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. until Friday December 4, 2020. The meeting link is https://und-hipaa.zoom.us/j/97897043438. For more information contact Jodi Ramberg at [email protected] or 701.777.2127
For more information on all of the support groups that UND has to offer visit https://und.edu/student-life/counseling-center/counseling/group.html. Whether you are stressed, unhappy, lonely, or just want to make new friends with either similar interest or someone understanding of your situation UND has something for you.
Destiny Garcia is a Dakota Student News Writer. She can be reached at [email protected]