Drop-In Support/Discussion Groups


Please join us for safe, candid conversations about sexual orientation, sexual identity, and your experiences at Amherst College. All are welcome. Facilitated by Sarah Erickson Psy.D. and Darien McFadden, Ph.D.

Time/Location: Wednesdays at 3:30pm EST starting on 2/24.

Please contact Sarah Erickson or Darien McFadden for more information: serickson@amherst.edu | dmcfadden@amherst.edu


A gathering for students to connect with each other and discuss our experiences around racial identity development, racism, resilience, and ways to thrive at Amherst College. Facilitated by Darien McFadden, Ph.D.

Time/Location: Mondays at 3:00pm EST starting on 2/15.

For more information please contact Darien McFadden: dmcfadden@amherst.edu

La Plática

A weekly drop-in discussion centering the voices and experiences of Latinx students at Amherst. Facilitated by Lola Brown, MSW, LICSW.

Time/Location: Fridays at 3:30pm - 4:30pm EST starting on 2/26. Please email Lola Brown for the Zoom link!

Contact Lola Brown: lobrown@amherst.edu for more information 

International Interactions

Join us to question, discuss, and share experiences of cultural transitions & differences. We welcome all students with international experiences. Facilitated by Wenzhen Zhu, Ph.D. and Melody Dodoo '21 (program coordinator at CISE).

Time/Location: Thursdays at 12pm - 1pm EST starting on 3/4 via Zoom. 

Please contact Wenzhen Zhu: wzhu@amherst.edu for more information 

Skills Classes and Workshops

Peer Support Skills Training (PSST)

When students experience emotional and mental health difficulties, they are most likely to turn to their friends first. PSST equips students with the skills and information they need to be able to respond effectively when their friends are struggling. Fall 2020 schedule coming soon.

To enroll, or for more info, please email Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu


Outreach and Training

We often provide training, workshops, and educational sessions for members of the Amherst community, including faculty, staff, and departments/centers on campus. Topics include tips on accessing and connecting with services, responding to students in distress. The Wellness Team and Mental Health Promotion also provide education on a wide range of topics including self-care, listening/support skills, conflict resolution, resiliency, and goal setting.

Visit the Wellness Team site to learn more about their training, or contact Garrett Fitzgerald at gfitzgerald@amherst.edu. You can also contact Mr. Fitzgerald to inquire about training from the Counseling Center.