Black Student Support Group
With Dr. LaNeisha Waller, UCS and Shalisa Gladney, RVAP

The Black Student Support Group will serve as a space for Black identifying students of all gender identities to respectfully listen to each other, share thoughts, feelings, provide validation, and offer encouragement to fellow Black students at the University of Iowa. The group is open for Black students to discuss the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 within the Black community and serve as a space for Black students to process the violence, police brutality, and racism experienced during this time of social and political unrest as it relates to the Black Lives Matter movement. 

  • The primary goal of a support group is to help members cope with issues or problems in their lives. This is NOT a clinical therapy group. Member commitment to a support group is minimal, meaning, members can ‘drop in’ for a session whenever they choose.
    • Although attendance may be minimal, it is encouraged that members try to attend support groups regularly, for the benefit of themselves and the group.

Tuesdays (Bi-Weekly):

  • Starting September 15th, at 4:30PM
  • September 29th, at 4:30PM
  • October 13th, at 4:30PM
  • October 27th, at 4:30PM
  • November 10th, at 4:30PM
  • November 24th, at 4:30PM**
  • December 8th, at 4:30PM

How to Join: You must complete THIS form in advance to receive the Zoom link. Please complete by Tuesday at 3:30pm.

Living Through Loss
With Dawn Bates
Description: Loss and grief touch all of our lives in different ways and have a variety of impacts.  Losses may be new or years old, but they may still impact our daily lives.  Grieving is a journey that affects us in varying degrees at different times of the year and different points in our lives.  Sometimes it can be helpful to have support and guidance on that grieving journey.  Living Through Loss offers that support to University of Iowa students. 
Day/Time: Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm CST
How to Join:

ADHD Support Group
With Kyle Votroubek
Description: The ADHD Support Group is for students with ADHD to connect and talk about resources, tips/tricks/advice about managing ADHD, and share experiences of navigating college and relationships with ADHD. All ages, races, genders, and majors are welcome as a variety of identities help students connect across diverse experiences and perspectives. Students are welcome to participate as often as they would like - weekly or only during weeks that is convenient.
Day/Time: Fridays 1:30-2:30pm CST
How To Join: Contact Kyle Votroubek at

Chronic Health Conditions Support Group
With Heidi Schmitt
Description: School, work, and simply managing everyday demands can feel overwhelming. It can be even more challenging when you have a chronic health condition. This support group gives you a safe space to connect with those who can relate to your experiences.
Day/Time: Fridays 11:00am-12:00pm CST
How to Join:
Contact Heidi Schmitt at with any questions you have about this group

With Tianyi Xie and Scott Liu
Description: The Solidarity support group is a safe space for students of color to talk about concerns, share experiences, and stay connected with one another and the UI communities. Potential topics including racism and discrimination, social distancing and loneliness, navigating the education system, and other adjustment difficulties. Max 12 participants, first come first serve.
Day/Time: Fridays 12:30-1:30pm CST
How to Join: Email Tianyi Xie at

Success, Not Excess
With Heidi Schmitt
Description: This group provides a safe and supportive space for UI students wanting to make or considering changes in their alcohol or other drug use. The group emphasizes success in academics, relationships, mental and physical health, and other goals through abstaining or reducing alcohol and other drug use. The group operates from a “no pressure” approach by encouraging discussion of shared experiences and achieving success on campus by removing the barriers created by substance use.
Day/Time: Thursdays 4:00-5:00pm CST
How to Join:
Contact Heidi Schmitt at with any questions you have about this group

International Student Support Group
With Scott Liu, Yunjin Lee, and Brittany Greenbaum
Description: A space where international students can care for one another.
Day/Time: Tuesdays 9:00-10:00am CST
How to Join:

Homelife: Student Parent & Caregiver Support Group
With Elizabeth Marilla-Kapp
Description: HOMELIFE is a weekly, Zoom-based support group for students who are parents, students who are caregivers, and students who are expecting. Taking care of others while studying is always a big challenge, and Covid-19 has amplified caregiving stressors in so many ways for so many families. At Homelife we will connect, care, and strategize together. No registration required--come and go as needed.
Day/Time: Mondays 6:30-7:30pm CST (with no meeting on September 7)
How to Join:

COVID on Campus 
With Elizabeth Marilla-Kapp and Kristin Wurster 
Description: Covid-19 has made this fall semester unlike any before. You may be experiencing health and safety concerns, distress related to isolation, major changes to your routines and future plans, or significant loss. “Covid on Campus” is a weekly Zoom-based drop-in group for students to connect with one another, and with University Counseling Service staff, about the impacts of Covid-19. Students are welcome to join for a brief check-in or to stay for the whole hour. 
Day/Time: Thursdays 2:00-3:00pm CST
How to Join: