Health & Wellness
Personal health and wellness is critical to a successful student experience. OSS collaborates with departments, faculty, advisors, and the larger GW community as a part of a network of services that provides an integrated and holistic approach to student support. That network considers the personal dimension of health and wellness, as well as accessibility to safe spaces, food security, and physical well-being and mental guidance, all of which are integral to a successful experience.
Campus Recreation, housed within the Division for Student Affairs, provides sound programming for the university's diverse community in the areas of intramural and sport clubs, fitness and wellness instruction, and informal recreational opportunities.
At GW, we aim to create a community that cares for one another. The CARE Team is a cross-departmental support system housed within the Division for Student Affairs which recognizes that student concerns are often multi-faceted. Students are connected to resources through inter-departmental collaboration to provide them with appropriate and personalized outreach.
Colonial Health Center
GW’s Colonial Health Center (CHC) is a multidisciplinary, integrated, student healthcare service within the Division for Student Affairs that provides confidential, student-centered care in an accessible, safe, culturally sensitive, and supportive environment. The CHC seeks to promote healthy lifestyle choices and to holistically support the physical and emotional well-being of students in order to achieve academic success. The CHC offers:
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)- CAPS supports mental health and personal development by collaborating directly with students to overcome challenges and difficulties that may interfere with academic, emotional, and personal success.
- Medical Services- The Medical Services Team at the CHC provides high-quality medical care to all GW students; offers easy access to care to enable students to return to classes as quickly as possible; educates and encourages students to become active participants in their care; monitors and responds to public health issues on campus; and supports the university community in making healthy lifestyle choices through education, outreach, and special programming.
Collegiate Recovery Community
GW is proud to host a Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) through the Division for Student Affairs to support students in recovery from substance use disorders, eating disorders, and/or other process addictions. The CRC provides a supportive community to help students navigate recovery while pursuing their academic, professional, and personal goals.
Designed by students, run by students, built for students. GW Listens is a free, anonymous peer support hotline available from Sunday- Tuesday, 9:00pm-1:00am. If you call outside their hours, your call will be forwarded to CHC's 24/7 support line. If you send a text, messages will be replied to when they return.
Please send an email to [email protected] with any questions about the GW Listens program. Follow GW Listens on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get updates for more information.
If you or someone you know has experienced sexual or gender-based harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence or stalking, GW wants to help you get the support that you need. Haven offers resources related to sexual or gender-based harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence and stalking.
The Store is a student-run food pantry that is managed by the Store student organization and the Division for Student Affairs, providing resources and support for students living with food insecurity. The Store was founded on the principles of Faith, Trust, and Respect. Their mission is to address students' needs by offering food and other resources to ensure that every student has the opportunity to succeed.
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