Faculty/Staff Advisory Board
In January, 2005, counseling Services created an Advisory Board comprised of Middlebury faculty and staff. In recent years universities across the nation have been confronted by a number of events that have radically altered the landscape of mental health in institutions of higher education. Changes that have been noted include an increase in students attending college with serious psychological issues, using psychotropic medications, or facing enormous familial or financial pressures. This trend has been reported in recent scientific literature as a national phenomenon. As a result we as a community must meet the needs of our students with innovative, student-centered outreach and compassionate, responsive leadership.
The Advisory Board meets once a semester, with ad hoc sub-group meetings as needed.
The goals of the Board are as follows:
1. To exchange information on the latest counseling services, faculty, and staff initiatives to meet the educational and mental health needs of our students.
2. To provide resources and methodology for faculty and staff to update their colleagues in their home departments on effective ways of managing students with special needs.
3. To partner with the counseling services to meet the unique needs of various departments.
Student Advisory Board
The Student Advisory Board helps guide the work and mission of counseling services. It was created in 2005 to allow us to be even more responsive to the needs and concerns of students. Students on the board provide feedback on the work our office is already doing and how our presence on campus is perceived by students. The board also provides new ideas about how we can reach out to students as well as potential programs and services that we might offer to better respond to their needs.
The board meets over lunch once in the fall and once in the spring. We reach out to numerous offices, academic departments, athletic faculty, and student groups to find a diverse group of students to invite to participate on the board. Each semester, 10 to 12 students accept an invitation to participate on the board.
If you are interested in being considered for the board, please contact our office.