Office of Student Life

Counseling and Consultation Service

Affinity Groups

BIPOC Grad Group
Mondays, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

BIPOC Grad Group is a supportive space for graduate students who hold minoritized racial identities to gather together to offer each other support, perspective, and occasionally challenge in an effort to help each other navigate life’s stressors. The group is a general process group, meaning that group members are welcome to discuss any topic or experience that they would like, as long as they do so in a genuine and respectful way. Group facilitators honor that connection is a meaningful source of encouragement and healing, and we hope that this group will be a place where members can vulnerably create these meaningful connections. For more information please schedule a Phone Screening or reach out to Stephanie Grissett or Mariah Willis.

Buckeye Brothers – Undergraduate and Graduate
Wednesdays, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Buckeye Brothers is a place for men to come together and discuss their problems in a casual and genuine way. The purpose of the group is to help members develop tools to better manage their mental health and relationships with others. We do this through creating a relaxed and supportive environment for members to give and receive feedback from one another and reflect on how their identities as men influence how they approach the challenges. For more information please schedule a Phone Screening or reach out to Jacob Friedman or Christian Carey

Graduate International Student Group
Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

This group provides a space for international graduate students to form community and build support as students navigate their unique experiences on campus. Any and all topics related to being an international student and a graduate student are welcome to be discussed including cultural adaption, transitioning on campus as a graduate student, academics and visa implications, and navigating the career market post-graduation. For more information please schedule a Phone Screening or reach out to I-Shan Yang or Cheryl Li

Latinx – HEART Graduate
Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.

This is a group for graduate students and open to all LatinX-identified students, regardless of identities, nationality or racial/ethnic background and/or immigration status. The group provides a safe and supportive atmosphere in which participants can engage in inviting and authentic discussion around students' experiences as Latinx students on campus. Any and all topics that are relevant to students’ experiences can be discussed, such as sociopolitical issues, immigration status or conditions, intersecting identities, academics and more. For more information please schedule a Phone Screening or reach out to Marcy Lusk

Queer Grad Group
Tuesdays, 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.

This group will focus on the social and emotional needs of graduate students of any gender expression, identity, or cultural background who identify as queer and/or LGBTQ+. This is a co-created space where members are invited to come as who they are while focusing on issues of personal relevance. Consequently, topics in this group will be member generated and likely to capture interpersonal effectiveness, identity development and integration, resilience and cognitive dissonance. Within this process, cis and heteronormative narratives will be deconstructed while stories are told and re-written for the purpose of individual and collective enrichment. For more information please schedule a Phone Screening or reach out to Mark Sampson or Lauren Adams

Queer Undergraduate Group
Wednesdays, 3:15 - 4:45 p.m.

This group focuses on supporting positive mental health and social connectedness among undergraduate students who identify as queer. We understand the term "queer" to be inclusive of any sexual minority (i.e., not heterosexual) and/or gender minority (i.e., not cisgender) student. Members are invited to check in weekly about their progress toward wellness goals, generate topics for group discussion, and support one another as we learn together about each member’s unique experiences as a queer Buckeye. Topics are likely to include (but not limited to) discussion of cultural identities and social experiences, intersectionality, wellness, and gender identity and expression. For more information please schedule a Phone Screening or reach out to Sarah Peters

True Selves
Tuesdays, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

This group is for undergraduate and graduate students who are exploring their gender identity or who identify as transgender or gender diverse.  Common themes include, but are not limited to interpersonal effectiveness, identity development and integration, resilience and cognitive dissonance.  Together, group members navigate common family, cultural, and community issues.  In this safe and supportive environment, group members develop a sense of solidarity. For more information please schedule a Phone Screening or reach out to Ven Palmieri or Sarah Vretas

Understanding Self and Others BIPOC
Fridays, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

This is an undergraduate student group specifically for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who seek a safe space to explore their own identities and shared experiences as it relates to their own culturally diverse backgrounds as well as gain a better understanding of how to relate to others in new and healthy ways. For more information please schedule a Phone Screening or reach out to Amber Jackson or Zaneta Street

Women's Group
Wednesdays, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Women's Group is a weekly space for female-identified students to explore shared experiences, connect with others, and both give and receive support. Members are encouraged to share feedback and practice new ways of connecting with others. The group will discuss themes including assertiveness, self-esteem, vulnerability, gender-based violence, relationships, anxiety, depression and other concerns that impact our overall wellbeing. For more information please schedule a Phone Screening or reach out to Chavonne Gaines

You Good Man? – Undergraduate
Thursdays, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

You Good Man?, named after a popular 2016 Twitter hashtag centering the mental health of Black men, is a support/process group for Black people (inclusive of the African diaspora) who are male identified to discuss topics and issues of masculinity and how assumptions and expectations impact Black lived experiences. Topics will include, but are not limited to racism/discrimination/bias, assumptions of Black male anger and aggression by society, generational trauma, survivor’s guilt, toxic masculinity, intimacy and healthy attachment, self-advocacy and more. For more information please schedule a Phone Screening or reach out to Peter Oduwole