Religious and Spiritual Life Advisors are available for one on one spiritual counseling. Sessions are tailored to the interests and needs of the student, staff, or faculty member—from exploring faith to learning new spiritual practices to coping with stress or loss. You don't need to be religious to ask for a session! Across topics, the role of Advisors is exploratory and supportive rather than directive or prescriptive. Conversations are kept confidential, with the exception of A) imminent threat to self or others, in which case limited appropriate resources will be contacted, or B) in some cases of litigation or external investigation.

The Advisors are available from mid-August through the end of May each year, and RSL Director Harrison Blum is available throughout the calendar year.

Chairs on the Amherst College Quad in the summer with Mount Holyoke in the distance


Harrison A. Blum

Harrison A. Blum

Director of Religious and Spiritual Life

Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, Harrison Blum fields general and interfaith inquiries for spiritual counseling, and applies a mindfulness and deep listening approach. He is also happy to refer if a student wishes to speak with someone of their own faith tradition. Harrison was raised Jewish and has been practicing (and more recently teaching) Buddhism for the past 20 years.

Office Hours: Please email to find a time. Harrison is happy to chat informally or offer 1 on 1 spiritual counseling.
Contact Information: Harrison Blum hblum@amherst.edu

Shannon Farrand-Bernardin

Shannon Farrand-Bernardin

Protestant Advisor

Cadigan Religious Center Room 105
Emelia Miller

Emelia Miller

Humanist Advisor

Cadigan Religious Center Room 105