There are many different ways to get support on campus for a variety of common concerns.
Here we describe some of the main resources available at CUA and how to access them.
Center for Cultural Engagement
The Center for Cultural Engagement offers intercultural programs that provide opportunities for students to learn and engage in various activities and discussions about culture. Previous offerings have included lunchtime discussions, guest speakers, and Alternative Spring Break.
International Student and Scholar Services
ISSS is the primary resource for international students at CUA. This office advocates for international students and provides opportunities for intercultural education and exchange through several cultural programs throughout the year. These events can be a helpful, fun way to meet other international students and to socialize with fellow CUA students. They work closely with Enrollment Services to issue the appropriate immigration documents for incoming and returning students. Once students have arrived at CUA, ISSS helps students with their adjustment to the DC area and continues to assist with relevant immigration regulations. Their website offers practical tips for questions such as how to get a driver's license, open a bank account, and navigate the city.
The Counseling Center is the university's on-campus mental health agency and is open to any enrolled CUA student. As a mental health agency, the Counseling Center primarily works with students who are experiencing emotional difficulties, such as stress, anxiety, depression, grief, or relationship problems. For international students, the Counseling Center can be a space to speak with a professional about topics such as homesickness, adjustment to a new culture, and connecting with others.
Individual therapy provides students with a safe, confidential space to process their experiences. For most students, therapy is a way to learn new ways of coping with stressors and to enhance their existing strengths. Therapy is always collaborative, and students will work with their therapist to identify goals and priorities for therapy.
For situations in which a student is highly distressed, the Counseling Center offers same-day walk-in appointments. During these appointments, students can discuss their situation and consult with a therapist about how to best proceed. Some students feel better after just one such meeting, and other students may decide with their counselor that they would be best served by pursuing ongoing services (i.e. individual or group therapy).
Counseling Center clinicians are available to consult with students, parents, faculty, and staff members about matters related to students' mental health and well-being.
CUA Student Organizations
Student organizations can be a great way to meet other CUA students who share your interests and identities. The Nest includes a complete listing of student organizations on campus. We have included a partial list below of some groups that are centered on specific racial/ethnic identities, languages, or nationalities.
- Arabic Club
- Black Student Alliance (BSA)
- Chinese Club
- CUA Chinese Students & Scholars Association (CUA-CSSA)
- CUA Student Organization of Latinos (CUA SOL)
- Filipino Organization of Catholic University Students (FOCUS)
- German Club
- Indus Valley Association
- Saudi Students Association (SSA)
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
- Spanish Club