Today I sat down with one of the Kenyon students helping to organize protests against changes to the Peer Counseling program. I’m sure you’ve seen the protestors sitting in Peirce with their various signs. Perhaps you’ve even talked to them about their cause. If you haven’t and you’re still not completely clear about what’s going on, I urge you to speak with the protestors and ask them about their concerns. They’re friendly and they don’t bite– I promise. For now, here’s an interview about potential changes to the Peer Counseling program and how these changes might impact the student body. I’d like to thank my anonymous source, the Peer Counselors, and the student protestors for all the hard work they’re doing.
Content warning: This article discusses PTS, depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. Scroll to the last two paragraphs of this post for protest info.
After the recent climate on campus in response to issues regarding Title IX and sexual assault, students, Sexual Misconduct Advisors, Peer Counselors and Title IX coordinators have rallied to find solutions and justice for the community. As a result, these groups have organized two discussions in order to talk about these issues on campus, and what we, as students and members of a larger community, can do to make a change. Continue reading
The following piece was guest written by Tim Jurney ’15 with the help of Olivia Grabar Sage ’15. The Peer Counselors were founded during the summer preceding the 2012-2013 academic year out of a desire to provide resources and outlets for students dealing with mental health issues. In the past year, we have evolved enormously, and continue to evolve to meet the needs of the student body as best we can. Please always feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with questions/comments/suggestions. Our hotline number is 740-398-3806.
Asked to define the Peer Counselors, I’m always a little intimidated. In the course of only a year we’ve grown to mean a lot of different things on campus. But at its most basic, the PCs exist to give Kenyon students peer resources for anything that we think they might need. We’re a new and ever-evolving group; the Peer Counselors understand that everyone’s dealing with their own stuff, and sometimes we need some help, or a patient ear. Anytime you feel lost or hurt or simply in need of a friend, hit us up.