University Counseling staff regard outreach as an opportunity to fulfill our mission to help promote and maintain the emotional well-being of W&L students and to serve as a resource to the entire campus community. One of the ways we help W&L students and serve as a resource to the campus community is through our daily Let's Talk hours. Let's Talk gets our counselors out of the office and "embeds" them in various departments across campus. In addition to providing additional coverage of student concerns, Let's Talk affords opportunities for our staff to partner particularly closely with the following areas:
- Athletics Department (Dave Salge)
- International Student Affairs
- Law School/Kirgis Fellows
- Office of Inclusion and Engagement/BIPOC
- Peer Counselors (Dave Salge)
- Sexual Misconduct Advocacy (Janet Boller)
- Washingtonian Society (Johna Jenkins)
Need a listening ear? The Peer Counseling Program is a team of student volunteers dedicated to helping other students experiencing any kind of emotional problems and/or need for additional social support. Recognizing that students often feel most comfortable talking with friends about life issues, Peer Counselors receive extensive training on how to help other students. They are not therapists, but act as friends who are knowledgeable about the kinds of issues affecting university students. They are also knowledgeable about available campus and community resources.
These caring and committed student leaders go through a week of training in the early fall and then participate in an ongoing monthly training program throughout the year. They learn about depression, anxiety, eating issues, grief, relationship issues, alcohol and substance problems, academic problems, and crisis situations. They learn how to listen without judging, and they keep all contacts confidential (except for situations where a student is at risk of harm to self or others, when they act in concert with University Counseling to prevent harm).
Peer Counselors team up with RAs on each hall to help first-year students make a successful adjustment to W&L but are also available to upper class students. PCs want to be there for you whether your issue is large or small. If you are a W&L student experiencing any kind of life difficulty or just want support from a peer, you can contact any of the PCs, whose contact details are listed below.