De’Shawn Ford, a junior majoring in psychology at Concordia University Wisconson and president of the Black Student Union, speaks with Nora Rudzinski, a senior majoring in mass communications, outside the school’s entrance in Mequon, Wis. Credit: Laura Pappano for The Hechinger Report

In a Washington Post story that also appears in the prestigious Hechinger Report, award-winning journalist Laura Pappano outlines the innovative and proactive ways CUW helps students cope.

Laura Pappano writes for The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Hechinger Report, among other nationally known publications. She spent a day on Concordia’s campus in early February, sitting in on classes, observing mental health services and discussions in progress, and interviewing faculty, staff, and students.

Her interest was in Concordia’s mental health and wellness services for students. This school year, partially as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Concordia University added two assets to its repertoire:

  • A new life coaching pilot program
  • The creation of Intake/Triage Coordinator positions

The new services add to the already robust slate of offerings the university has.

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In the media

Check out the story in The Washington Post by clicking here or on the image below.

A longer version of the story ran in The Hechinger Report. Click here or on the image below to read it.

Learn more

CUW students who are in need of mental health or wellness services are encouraged to start by contacting Student Wellness: If you are experiencing an emergency, contact Campus Safety or dial 911.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to take an active part in connecting students with resources too! Click here to learn more about how.

Concordia offers a number of programs that prepare learners to serve as future mental health professionals. Click here to explore our programs.

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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