The Division of Student Affairs sees you through the transition to remote instruction during Summer and Fall 2020. Our departments continue to engage with all students through our programs and resources to encourage you to achieve your full potential.
Please follow all our Instagram accounts to stay up to date with everything happening in our departments.
Read the latest Ram Roundup student newsletter for all events and opportunities.
Conversation Series on Latinx Farmworkers and Immigrant Women 12 PM Mondays, October 5, 12, 19. In anticipation of keynote speaker for LatinX Hertiage Month, Monica Ramirez, DMC will host this conversation series. Participants will receive videos and media to have discussions about various intersecting topics: farmworkers, immigrant women's experiences, and gender equity in the workplace. Sponsored by the Dowdy Multicultural Center & the Center for Women & Gender Equity Register Here for zoom link and videos: https://tinyurl.com/dmc-latinx-fiw
Homecoming 2020: Out of this World Save the dates for Homecoming 2020: October 18-24th. It will look a little different this year but same great WCU spirit! Details will be on the Homecoming website soon.
Ongoing Support & Engagement:
The Twardowski Career Development Center is offering all of our services and resources virtually through Handshake to continue to help students. Virtual Resources for your Career Development
Check out Career Development Center Summer Success YouTube Series
Our virtual career platform is a great way to get connected with the office and to internships, full-time positions, and part-time opportunities. To the graduating class of Spring and Summer 2020, the TCDC is ready to help you transition successfully into the workforce or graduate/professional school. Students can get an online resume review in Handshake if you upload your resume to your profile.
- Schedule a phone or virtual appointment for assistance with major exploration, resumes, cover letters, graduate school applications, interviewing, and more.
- Upload your resume- we will review it and send feedback. Turn around times is 2 business days
- Connect with employers by searching for and applying to job/internship openings or attending virtual events.
Ram Nation ramnation.wcupa.edu
Building your professional network has never been more important. Ram Nation allows you to connect with alumni to:
- Schedule informational interviews
- Develop connections for mentorship in your field
- Participate in discussions on career topics or start your own by asking a question.
Big Interview wcupa.biginterview.com
This online system is an excellent interview preparation tool that combines practice and online content to help improve interview skills and build confidence.
Interstride Access through Handshake
This interactive career platform is designed to enhance the career exploration and job-search experience for international students.
Keep your career development going by setting goals and remaining actively engaged in your career journey. Please visit wcupa.edu/careerdevelopment to learn more and follow @wcu_tcdc on social media for continued updates regarding virtual services. Email us directly with any questions at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Office of Wellness Promotion engages students in individualized wellness coaching to help enhance well-being through goal setting, increased self-awareness, and acquisition of new knowledge and skills; opportunities to evaluate personal decision making about alcohol and cannabis use; as well as programming, including peer to peer workshops, Wellness Wednesdays, the Ram Box and campus events. Stay up-to-date with the latest department events and information through following our social media pages:
The Student Recreation Center will reopen Monday, August 24th.
Hours: Monday – Thursday 7am- 8pm, Friday 7am – 5pm, Sunday 11:30am – 7pm. Closed on Saturday.
For more information, please visit our COVID-19 policies and procedures FAQ page. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com and we will respond in a timely manner. Follow us on Instagram (@wcupacampusrec) and Facebook (WCUPA Campus Recreation) for daily information.
In the current COVID-19 context, the Center for Contemplative Studies is offering free daily practices, live via Zoom, as well as a range of audio and video recorded practices. A full schedule, with links, is posted at so you can join quickly and easily. The Center's Director, Don McCown, leads a 30-minute meditation and dialogue Monday through Thursday at 9 AM. There are sessions featuring yoga, mindful movement, and dialogue, as well as shared reading and discussion. While most of these and other daytime sessions have always been free and open to the public, they are now available in real time to a wider audience. Everyone is welcome!
The Center for Women & Gender Equity has produced resources/referral guides for the campus community:
****We are currently without Front Desk support - if you call and we do not answer, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible. We appreciate your understanding and patience.****
In these uncertain times, it is normal to experience increased feelings of stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. As the university continues remote instruction in fall semester, the Counseling Center will be offering online counseling services to enrolled students. Although the Counseling Center doors will be open, all services will solely be online to protect the health and safety of students, staff, and faculty.
If interested in mental health services, students will need to go through our Triage hours which are Monday – Friday between 1-3pm. Unlike in previous years where students walked-in for triage, students should call the Counseling Center (610-436-2301) on the same day they are interested in scheduling a triage appointment. These appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage students to call earlier in the day to reserve their timeslot for that afternoon. If your call is not answered, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.
Triage appointments will be occurring via phone and students will be sent an email with forms to complete. These forms must be completed in order to participate in the triage phone call.
During the triage session, students will discuss their concerns and options for counseling moving forward. Options may include: short-term online counseling via Zoom Health with a Counseling Center counselor, online group counseling via Zoom Health with Counseling Center counselor(s), or obtaining off-campus referrals for longer-term or specialized counseling via our referral specialist (Janelle Silbert; firstname.lastname@example.org). If students know they are solely interested in off-campus referrals, they can contact Ms. Silbert directly.
Please be advised that due to licensure rules, we may be limited in our ability to provide online counseling to students who will be located outside of Pennsylvania in the fall semester.
If a student is experiencing a life-threatening mental health emergency during business hours (Monday – Friday from 8 AM – 4 PM) and they need to talk to someone immediately, please call the Counseling Center (610-436-2301). Students in crisis are able to come to the Counseling Center office, we ask to please call before entering so that health and safety measures can be taken.
A mental health emergency is defined as:
· Suicidal thoughts with plan and intent
· Homicidal thoughts with plan and intent to harm another
· Survivor of a recent traumatic event (e.g., victim of a mugging, sexual assault, recent death)
· Experiencing hallucinations (visual or auditory)
Check out this "Am I in Crisis" Handout
We will also continue to provide virtual outreach services. If a class or student organization is interested in an online workshop or training, please contact our outreach coordinator (Liz Carper; email@example.com).
Click here for Resources for Coping with the impact of COVID-19 and other mental health concerns.
Please remember to check our website and @wcucounselingcenter @wcudogtherapy on instagram for pictures and videos of our therapy dogs.
The Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs has a new name change! It will now be Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact.
The Food Pantry is has new Fall 2020 hours!
In-person (limit one shopper at a time): Monday - Friday 10am-2pm
Order pick-up (in tent): Monday - Friday 2pm-4pm
To help maintain the health and safety of our students and staff, Resource Pantry users now have the opportunity to pre-order food and personal care items to be packaged and picked up by outside. Orders can be picked up Monday through Friday from 2-4pm in the tent located outside of Commonwealth Hall. Use this link to pre-order items.
Pantry closed on weekends. Masks are required to enter. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Voter engagement is about learning how to participate in upcoming elections through voter registration and turnout, but it also involves opportunities for students to become educated about key issues and races, as well as why civic participation through voting is so important. The Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact works with a number of campus and community partners to provide comprehensive voter engagement programs and information to all WCU students, faculty and staff. Below, you will find many Frequently Asked Questions (and answers!), as well as useful resources to prepare you for the 2020 elections, and beyond!
Students who are interested in participating in the WCU Voter Engagement Task Force should email Pam Frontino (email@example.com).
Want to keep track of all of the steps necessary for voting this fall? Create a Voting Plan to help prepare! We'll email you updates and reminders leading up to the election.
Power in Our Ballot: Students of Color Initiative- Interested in issues impacting your community? Interested in engaging students of color in voting? Interested in solcial change related to communities of color?
Join one of our teams!
Phone-Banking: Call students to learn their registration status, provise information & encourage students to register to vote.
Student Organization Outreach: Raise awareness about voting to student groups & encourage them to raise awareness & encourage others to register to vote
Classroom Engagement: Present voting information to classes.
If you are interested, email BGreen@wcupa.edu ! Dowdy Multicultural Center & Youth Empowerment and Urban Studies (YES!) Minor
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Divided Sisters by Kathy Russell, Midge Wilson
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr.
The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy by Lani Guinier, Gerald Torres
The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
Making America White Again, by Toni Morrison
My President Was Black, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?, by Ibram X Kendi
Trouble the Narrative, by Austin Channing Brown
Here's Why It Hurts When People Say, "All Lives Matter," by Mani S. Viney
American Son (Netflix)
Dear White People (Netflix)
If Beale St Could Talk (Hulu)
King in the Wilderness (HBO)
See You Yesterday (Netflix)
The Hate You Give (Cinemax)
When They See Us (Netflix)
About Race Podcast
Code Switch (NPR)
Intersectionality Matters! Hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw
Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
Pod for the Cause (Leadership Conf on Civil & Human Rights)
Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)
Parenting Forward podcast episode ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt’
Fare of the Free Child Podcast
We have over 300 student organizations and clubs to get involved with today. Visit RamConnect to explore the right group for you. Log into your RamConnect account to learn more about involvement opportunities and follow all of our social media accounts for various opportunities.
RamConnect 101 - Overview of some introductory features of RamConnect, West Chester University of Pennsylvania's online campus and community engagement management system.
Student Support Center: a new resource for students designed to serve as a one-stop for student information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ongoing information and updates)
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Use
Opioid Treatment Program Directory (find treatment programs in your state that treat addiction and dependence on opioids)
PA Free Quitline (tobacco cessation)
Emotional and Mental Health
Active Minds (includes information for supporting a friend)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Managing stress and anxiety during COVID-19)
Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health During an Infectious Disease Outbreak Text TALK to 741-741
The Steve Fund: Managing Mental Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic (mental health and emotional well-being for students of color) Text STEVE to 741-741
Food Access and Nutrition
PA Nutrition Education Network (food access and food safety)
Intimate Partner Violence and Survivor Support
Casa de Esperanza *English and Spanish available (Latinx Survivors)
Center for Asian Pacific Family *multiple languages (Asian & Pacific Islander Survivors)
Crime Victims Center of Chester County (Sexual Violence, Stalking & Other Crimes)
DOD Safe Helpline (Military and Veteran Survivors- confidential)
FORGE (Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Survivors)
National Domestic Violence Hotline Text LOVEIS to 22522