Student Support Resources

The University maintains a range of services and resources that support you as whole people with a range of needs and concerns. If you do not see a resource listed here that aligns with what you are looking for, please contact the ADGS for additional referrals.  

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Affirming Your Diverse Viewpoints, Perspectives, and Experiences

Make Connections & Build Community

  • Affinity groups through Student Counseling Services: Groups for BIPOC and first-gen students.
  • BIPOC Mental Health Collective: Open to all UMN students, staff, and faculty.
  • Community of Scholars Program (COSP): Join a welcoming and inclusive community for domestic graduate students of color and Native American graduate students in research-based programs.
  • Department of Psychology Queer Affinity Group: Contact Jessica Arend ( for details, meetings are posted on the department calendar.
  • Grad InterCom: An initiative that recognizes and caters to the unique needs of International graduate students. Offers year-round programming to support and build community among international graduate students.
  • IDEA in Psychology Teaching Group: Programming is announced via email to members of the department.


  • All-Gender Restroom Map: The majority of these restrooms are single-stall & wheelchair-accessible, removing barriers that previously existed because of gender, disability, or safety concerns. 
  • Disability Resource Center (DRC): The DRC works with students, faculty/instructors, staff, and guests with documented disabilities to facilitate access on an individualized, case-by-case basis.
    • U Return: For graduate students seeking disability-related accommodations as UMN employees. 
  • Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life: Education, advocacy, outreach, and support to students, staff, faculty, alums, and community members.
  • Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE): A community-based space focused on the academic experiences of first-generation students, students of Color, and American Indian students. 
  • Women’s Center: Advances gender equity across identities, educates and inspires feminist leaders, advances an empowering intellectual environment, and advocates for an equitable University culture and community.

Conflict Resolution, Reporting and Navigating Challenging Situations

We hope that your graduate student experience is positive, but recognize that sometimes difficulties, miscommunications, and other problems arise. Support is available to help you address a wide range of issues.

An overview of grievance processes for students is provided in the Graduate Student Handbook. Students may also wish to explore the following resources:

Family & Parenting

  • Lactation Spaces: A full list and map of publicly-available lactation spaces on the Twin Cities campus. Elliott Hall's wellness/lactation space is S440. 
    • For more information, go to building page under Wellness/Lactation Room. 
  • Student Parent Help Center: Apply for childcare grants, work with a counselor specializing in supporting graduate students, and community spaces.

Health & Wellbeing

  • Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing: Events, mindfulness programs, and other services and events to support all members of the UMN community.
  • Nutritious U Food Pantry and other food and nutrition resources: A range of options are available for students experiencing food insecurity. No proof of need is required for most of these services.
  • RecWell: Offering recreational and fitness, massage therapy, meditation, and other services to all UMN students who pay the student services fee. Students who no longer pay the student services fee (GRAD 999 or PSY 8444) can opt to pay for services. 


UMN resources to support you in identifying on- and off-campus housing, and matching you with a roommate.

Mental Health

Your health is very important. Please consider utilizing these support resources as appropriate, or contact a member of the University community that you trust if you are experiencing difficulties. 

Mental Health Services and Resources

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call 911 immediately. Additional crisis support is available 24 hours per day:

  • University crisis line: call 612-301-4673 or text "UMN" to 61222
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: call or text 988 or 1-800-273-8255

You can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus via the Student Mental Health Website. Core campus mental health resources include, but are not limited to:

Additional resources are available off-campus. SCS and Boynton both offer consultative services to help students navigate to mental health services that meet individuals’ specific needs. Recommended resources include:

Mental Health Advocates (MHAs)

MHAs are trained staff and faculty volunteers who serve as resources to students and colleagues about the mental health resources available on campus. MHAs take active steps each month to make positive changes impacting student mental health within their sphere of influence. 

If you are uncertain what resources would best fit your needs or you wish to talk to someone about your options, please contact one of Psychology’s Mental Health Advocates:

  • Laura Luepke (, Associate Director of Graduate Studies
  • Michael Houlahan (, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Liza Meredith (, Assistant Teaching Professor
  • Christina Wiencke (, Associate Director of Curriculum and Instruction

You can review a full list of MHAs and may consult with any MHA on the list.


Graduate students are encouraged to pursue mentorship during their time in the Psychology PhD program. Mentorship may be informal and/or pursued through formal programs:

  • APA Mentorship Resources and Services: APA members can connect with experienced senior psychologists in a range of mentoring opportunities for graduate students and early career psychologists. Some literature and resources are available without a membership.  
  • Community of Scholars Program (COSP): Year-round programming for domestic graduate students of color and Native American graduate students to build community networks, obtain personal guidance, and pursue informal mentoring opportunities . 
  • Diversity in Psychology Support (DIPS) Program: A student-led initiative that pairs first-year students from historically underrepresented backgrounds in psychology with experienced students within their program who are also from underrepresented backgrounds.  
  • First-Gen Connect: A network for first-gen college students in graduate programs at the U of M that provides resources and opportunities for participants.
  • Next-Gen Psych Scholars Program (NPSP): A virtual graduate student-led mentorship program for underrepresented (e.g., BIPOC, low-income, first-gen, LGBTQIA+) undergraduates and post-baccalaureates interested in applying to psychology PhD programs. 


Centralized information about safety services on campus are provided on the Safe Campus website. Resources address, but are not limited to: 

  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention
  • Sexual Misconduct Prevention
  • Transportation Safety
  • Workplace and Lab Safety

Resources of particular relevance to graduate students include:

  • All-Gender Restroom Map: The majority of these restrooms are single-stall & wheelchair-accessible, removing barriers that previously existed because of gender, disability, or safety concerns. 
  • Aurora Center: Serves all victims/survivors/concerned people of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment at the University of Minnesota and Augsburg University.
    • 24-hour helpline: (612) 626-9111
  • SafeWalk Service: A free service for when you will be on campus late. Call 624-WALK (624-9255) and the dispatcher will send a uniformed escort to walk you to your destination. 


Travel-related information is provided in the following sections of the Psychology Department Intranet: 

Additionally, international students and domestic students traveling internationally must also carry travel insurance and register with the GPS Alliance

Pat Frazier
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS)
N571 EltH | 625-6863
Laura Luepke
Associate Director of Graduate Studies (ADGS)
S243 EltH | 626-3483
Hope Savaria
Graduate Program Support & Event Specialist
S244 EltH | TBD
Heidi Wolff
Curriculum and Graduate Services Specialist
S258 EltH | 624-5002
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