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NSF MIRRORS Scholarships: JCU students pursuing science and technology majors may now apply for Molding Identity & Raising Retention through Opportunities for Reflection In STEM (MIRRORS) scholarships. These scholarships, funded from the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program, will provide support to low-income students with demonstrated financial need and academic promise to succeed in STEM disciplines at JCU.

LGBTQ+ Scholarships for College Students: Scholarships established for LGBT college students are available from several public and private organizations, as well as individual donors. Some welcome all LGBT applicants, while others may focus on specific subgroups. Check out our list of LGBT scholarships below for more details.

College and Graduate School Scholarships for Women of Color: A Bauce curated list of scholarships that are targeted towards multicultural women of African and Latin descent who are enrolled as undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of academic disciplines. Unless otherwise stated, all minority scholarships are applicable to women from underserved ethnic groups, including African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Asians.

Pride Scholarship: Financing higher education can often be a challenge for LGBTQ+ youth, especially when families are not supportive. According to The 2013 National School Climate Survey conducted by the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), LGBT students who experienced discrimination are more than three times more likely to have missed school than those who did not. Additionally, LGBT students who experienced LGBT-related victimization are more than twice as likely to report not pursuing post-secondary plans. But there’s ways that we can help.

45 Scholarships for LGBTQ+ Students: While many college campuses have made strides to better the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ+) students, they often face unique challenges in their personal lives and academia – funding shouldn’t be one of them. Scholarships aim to broaden opportunities and make the college transition a successful experience, but with millions of options out there, how do students find the right fit? To help simplify the hunt, Nitro has compiled an extensive list of LGBTQ+ scholarships created specifically for identifying LGBTQ+ and ally students.

Throughout Northeast Ohio, one in six people is food insecure – meaning they may not know where their next meal will come from. The Greater Cleveland Food Bank seeks to bridge the meal gap, connecting individuals with the nutritious meals they need to succeed.

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in Northeast Ohio having provided 45 million meals in 2014 to hungry people in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Ashland, and Richland counties. Our mission is to ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day.

Contact the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s Help Center

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank can help you apply for Food Stamps or other benefits you may be eligible for over the phone or you can drop in. Contact the Help Center at 216.738.2067 to speak with a benefits outreach counselor.

Ready to apply?

The Benefit Bank provides a free service to apply for public benefits. Apply for SNAP online now at the Ohio Benefit Bank website.

Check your eligibility online.

Use the Benefit Bank QuickCheck tool to check your eligibility.

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Black Lives Matter Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma (Nicole, C., 2016): Racial trauma exacts a psychological and physiological toll on people of color, and those involved in the Movement for Black Lives are especially vulnerable to hourly personal, emotional, and physical racist attacks. Guided meditation is one way to assist in calming a heightened state of distress, affirming one’s value and humanity, and re-centering with love for Black people. This is a 17-minute guided meditation using mindfulness, affirmation, and metta (loving-kindness).

Free Guided Meditations (The Center for Kory Mindfulness, 2017): The Koru Mindfulness® program was developed over the course of a decade by psychiatrists Holly Rogers, M.D., and Margaret Maytan, M.D., to bring the benefits of mindfulness to the college students they worked with at Duke University’s student counseling center. Stream their free guided meditations to help you with your meditation practice. These free guided meditations will help anyone who is looking for guided help in their meditation practice. To learn more about The Koru Mindfulness program click here.

Guided Imagery (The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, 2017): Guided imagery practices can help students relax; improve sleep; prepare for surgery; experience greater clarity, compassion, and gratitude; and feel more calm, confident, and comfortable. Ohio State Integrative Medicine offers the following free guided imagery recordings. Some specific meditations that align with the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion’s mission include:

  • Accessing Inner Intuition and Wisdom (Patrice Rancour, M.S., RN, PMHCNS-BC): This “mountain meditation” exercise can help you access your inner intuition and wisdom to guide you on the road to health and healing.
  • Autogenic Training (Kathi Kemper, M.D., MPH): Autogenic training is a simple practice of sitting or lying quietly while repeating a series of six phrases that elicit relaxation and ease. This guided practice is adapted from Autogenic Training by Dr. Kai Kermani. A 2002 meta-analysis of over 60 studies published on autogenic training concluded that this practice can offer significant benefits for people with headaches, including migraine headaches; mild-moderate hypertension; asthma; anxiety; depression; and insomnia.
  • Comfort in the Face of Pain and Loss (Patrice Rancour, M.S., RN, PMHCNS-BC): This practice helps us re-connect with a lost loved one, developing compassion, patience, comfort, and warmth.
  • Easing Pain (Patrice Rancour, M.S., RN, PMHCNS-BC): This meditation is adapted from Guided Meditations, Explorations, and Healings by Dr. Stephen Levine. It helps us notice our pain without judgment, breathing into it with curiosity, compassion, softness, and space. It can also be used as a mindfulness practice to change our relationship to pain and promote relaxation and ease.
  • Life Purpose (Patrice Rancour, M.S., RN, PMHCNS-BC): Welcome home to your wise, inner self. This recording will guide you through symbolic inner rooms to take you deeper and deeper into your own true nature and lead you to the gift to yourself of remembering and affirming your life purpose to help you align your daily activities and become more effective and engaged.
  • Safe Place (Kathi Kemper, M.D., MPH): Deeply imagining oneself in a safe, secure place helps create the same physiologic state as actually being in that space. Repeated practice can help promote restful sleep and balanced autonomic and immune function as well as mental clarity and calm, confidence.
  • Self-Awareness (Patrice Rancour, M.S., RN, PMHCNS-BC): This practice is adapted from The Power of Kindness: Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life by Piero Ferrucci. This practice can also be considered a mindfulness practice–mindfulness of sensations, thoughts, and emotions–helping us know ourselves as awareness and peace.
  • Skill Master (Patrice Rancour, M.S., RN, PMHCNS-BC): Would you like to master a special skill? Many athletes use guided imagery like this to help improve their skill and performance. Practicing this imagery can help you learn and practice a selected skill to help you gain confidence and mastery.

Heart-Centered Practices (The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, 2017): Heart-centered practices can evoke healing and positive emotions, which broaden and build compassion, forgiveness, gratitude and loving-kindness (extending goodwill for safety, health, peace, and happiness). Ohio State Integrative Medicine offers several free heart-centered recordings; some specific practices that align with the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion’s mission include:

  • Being Peace (Kathi Kemper, M.D., MPH): This is a useful practice for clinicians and caregivers to promote a sense of peace, drawing from nature, filling the self, and expanding outward.
  • Forgiveness: Lovingkindness for Those Who Are Difficult (Kathi Kemper, M.D., MPH): This guided experience helps build the ability to extend lovingkindness toward others toward whom we have negative feelings such as anger, hurt, fear, betrayal, or disgust. This is generally practiced after mastering the ability to sustain lovingkindness toward someone else who is easy to love and others who are neutral. This is an advanced practice.
  • Lovingkindness for Loved Ones (Kathi Kemper, M.D., MPH): This guided experience helps build the ability to extend lovingkindness toward loved ones, whether they be people, pets, plants, places, or experiences. This is generally the first practice before extending lovingkindness toward oneself, neutral people, or forgiveness toward those who have hurt us in some way.
  • Lovingkindness for Others (Kathi Kemper, M.D., MPH): This guided experience helps build the ability to extend lovingkindness toward others toward whom we feel neutral, such as acquaintances or people we just happen to see in our daily lives. This is generally practiced after mastering the ability to sustain lovingkindness toward someone else who is easy to love.
  • Lovingkindness for Self (Kathi Kemper, M.D., MPH): This guided experience helps build the ability to extend lovingkindness toward ourselves. This is generally practiced after mastering the ability to sustain lovingkindness toward someone else who is easy to love.

Unhelpful Thinking Habits (Vivyan, C., 2009): Over the years, we tend to get into unhelpful thinking habits such as those described below. We might favor some over others, and there might be some that seem far too familiar. Once you can identify your unhelpful thinking styles, you can start to notice them – they very often occur just before and during distressing situations. Once you can notice them, then that can help you to challenge or distance yourself from those thoughts, and see the situation in a different and more helpful way.

The Learning Commons is a collaborative learning center offering students free study tables, résumé help, wellness and study skills workshops, and a variety of other fun and interactive programs! The facility is located in the lower level of Grasselli Library.

Click here for the 2019-2020 Calendar


  • Q:What if I can’t find study tables in the subject that I need?
  • A: If you have checked both the Learning Commons calendar and the additional peer learning options listed on this page, please contact Amy Wainwright (
  • Q: What are the steps involved with adding a new study table at the Learning Commons?
  • A: First we will reach out to the academic department to get recommendations for candidates to fill the position. Next we will conduct interviews and hire a peer learning facilitator. The hiring process takes several weeks when training time is also accounted for.
  • Q: What if the scheduled Learning Commons study table times do not fit into my schedule?
  • A: Please contact Amy Wainwright, who will investigate peer learning facilitator availability for individual sessions. This is dependent on current employee schedules.
  • Q: What do I do if I need help right away?
  • A: In addition to contacting Amy Wainwright, we suggest that you contact your professor and utilize scheduled office hours. You can also contact the Office of Academic Advising in the College of Arts and Sciences or the Boler Dean's Office for additional academic support.

The Writing Center hours for 2019-2020 are:

  • 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays
  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Fridays

After-Hours are Wednesdays and Sundays from 7-9 p.m. (walk-in basis only) and all happen in the Learning Commons.

To schedule an appointment, do one of the following:

Click here for the JCU Writing Center’s webpage.

John Carroll University does not currently offer student legal services. However, click here to access Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s extensive resource outlining where to go for legal advice in the Greater Cleveland area.

"The way that CSDI has impacted my experience on campus was by the office not only being an office that mentors students but one that helps students maneuver their way through college. The office provided resources and support for a student such as myself who was a first-generation student, a student who had no one in her family with knowledge of attending college. When I entered John Carroll ... I was unsure of what to do and struggled with classes and financial aid. Someone recommended that I go to the office to seek support with these issues. After that, I was able to do just that, plus meet new people who were students that shared the same experiences and background such as myself. Being in this office, I was able to grow and to expand my horizons on who I wanted to be and what I wanted to achieve in my four years at John Carroll. CSDI helped me open my eyes and showed me that I should be proud of who I am, that being a Latina woman, and a person who works hard and never gives up. Having the CSDI office on campus helped me get through my four years as a student at John Carroll University, and I would not have been able to without the office." (Wanda Rosario '17)
Student with CSDI Staff person at graduation event.

Talking can help.

Whether it’s stress, sadness, relationship problems, or academic trials – sharing your concerns with another person can make a positive difference. Now, just imagine that the person you are talking to has experience in dealing with your issue and may know some solutions. Then talking may really help! And that’s what Let’s Talk is all about.

What is Let’s Talk?

Let’s Talk is a program that provides easy access to free, informal, confidential consultations with therapists from the University Counseling Center. Just walk-in during the times listed below because no appointments are necessary! Consultations are on a first-come, first-serve basis – but there is typically not a long wait. Let’s Talk is a place where you can talk about concerns and receive expert suggestions about solutions and resources, or just have someone who listens well and can offer support. No topic is off limits, but common concerns include:

  • Stress
  • Sadness
  • Difficulty adjusting to school
  • Academic concerns
  • Family problems
  • Financial struggles
  • Relationship concerns

When & Where is Let’s Talk?

Tuesdays from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion.

How is Let’s Talk different from counseling?

Therapists at the University Counseling Center provide short-term therapy, which usually consists of weekly 50-minute appointments. Let’s Talk is not formal therapy; it’s a drop-in service outside of the University Counseling Center where students can have a brief, informal consultation with a counselor from time to time. No appointment or paperwork is necessary.

What happens in a Let’s Talk session?

The Let’s Talk consultant will carefully listen to your concern, will most likely ask you some brief questions, and will work to understand your goal for coming to Let’s Talk. Once your problem and goal are clear, depending on your needs, the consultant will offer you support, perspective, and suggestions for addressing the concern. You are welcome to return to Let’s Talk at another time, but this decision is up to you.

Who should visit Let’s Talk?

Let’s Talk is open to all current undergraduate and graduate students at JCU. However, Let’s Talk is best suited for the following people:

  • Students who are not sure about counseling and are trying to figure out what it’s like to talk with a counselor;
  • Students who are not interested in on-going counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor;
  • Students who have a specific problem and would like someone with whom they could talk;
  • Students who have a concern about a friend and would like some perspective on what to do.

Limits to Confidentiality

Conversations with Let’s Talk consultants are confidential, with a few rare exceptions. Consultants may need to share information in an emergency when there is an immediate threat of harm to yourself or to others. Consultants are required by law to report when a minor, elderly person, or someone otherwise incapacitated and unable to act on his/her own behalf is being abused. We don’t want anything to be a barrier to students accessing help. If you have further questions about confidentiality, we encourage you to discuss them with a Let’s Talk consultant.

Please remember:

Although Let’s Talk consultants are also mental health professionals, Let’s Talk is not a substitute for psychotherapy or formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. Let’s Talk is for consultation about a specific problem. Most students come to Let’s Talk only once or twice. It’s also a place where students are able to have questions answered about formal counseling. Your Let’s Talk consultant can help you determine whether formal counseling would be useful for you.

If you have any questions about Let’s Talk, please contact the coordinator, Mark Onusko, at or 216.397.4283.

Let’s Talk Consultants

Mark Onusko, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist and the director of JCU’s Counseling Center. He completed his doctorate in clinical psychology at Adler University in Chicago which focuses on social justice and mental health. He has worked in a number of settings, including community mental health centers, hospitals, a halfway house for recently incarcerated individuals, high schools, and university counseling centers. His university counseling experiences include Northwestern University, University of Pittsburgh, and University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Some of his professional interests include treatment of anxiety and depression, adjustment to college, identity development, LGBTQ+ issues, multicultural issues, and working with international students.

Alia Lawlor, LPPC-S, CCMC, completed her psychology degree at Kent State University and her Master’s in Counseling at Cleveland State, and is a licensed supervisor for master’s-level counseling interns. Alia has worked with college students of all ages at different universities for more than eight years. In addition to college counseling settings, her work settings include private practice, corporate settings, and owning her own businesses developing webinars, training programs, and other educational outreach programs. Alia’s experience is in, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, diversity issues & international students, sexual & emotional abuse, LGBTQ+ issues, women’s issues, athletic performance, couple’s counseling, existential concerns, meditation, and mindfulness

Sarah Amoroso, M.A., LPCC, is a bilingual clinical counselor at JCU’s Counseling Center. As a graduate of JCU, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology, and then went on to complete a Master’s degree in Community Mental Health Counseling. She has been fortunate to work in non-profit settings, community colleges, and universities with a range of populations from children, teenagers, families, adults, and college students. Her consultations and counseling sessions can be provided in Spanish when requested. Her areas of interest include, but are not limited to, adjustment difficulties, relationship issues, multicultural counseling, and the prevention/education of mental health and wellness.

JCU’s Counseling Center is deeply indebted to the counselors at Cornell University’s counseling center who pioneered and modeled Let’s Talk and made it such a successful service at Cornell. Their staff were generous and inspirational in sharing the concept and name of Let’s Talk with JCU’s Counseling Center.

Career Chats provides an opportunity for students to meet with a Career Services advisor to discuss any career-related decisions. From academic major selection or résumé reviews to career options, internships, and interviewing, this program provides easy access to assistance and conversation with the Center for Career Services. No appointments are necessary – simply walk-in during the times listed!

Career Chats are held every Thursday from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. at the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion (CSDI) located on the 2nd floor of the D.J. Lombardo Student Center (above the bookstore).

Dr. Michael Martin, Associate Dean for Sciences, Mathematics, & Health, will be holding open office hours in the Center for Student Diversity, and Inclusion from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm on Tuesday. Dr. Martin directs the Colleran-Weaver Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program that is available for all student majors. If you are interested in performing any research, scholarship, or creative activity during your time at John Carroll, please stop by to discuss funding options.

In an effort to make community-based resources more accessible to those living and working on campus, the Title IX office is pleased to announce that the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center will again be offering weekly drop-in hours at JCU. During these hours, a professional CRCC advocate will be available for confidential conversations about the external services for safety, support, and accountability that are available to those who have experienced gender-based violence. Learn more about CRCC’s services at

CRCC drop-in hours will be in the Center for Student Diversity & Inclusion on Mondays from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. No appointment is necessary. Those interested in using the service should simply indicate to CSDI staff that they would like to meet with the CRCC advocate.

CSDI staff picture in the office in front of whiteboard.


Total number of visits to CSDI last fall 2018. Total number of unique visitors is 185, with each visiting us an average of three times.

Two students talking on campus.


Total number of visitors for Let's Talk last fall 2018.

students at program in csdi lounge.


Total number of visitors in the CSDI Lounge.

Reporting Structures

John Carroll University is dedicated to building a campus community free from bias, discrimination, and hate. We understand our Jesuit mission as being fundamentally opposed to these things. We cannot at once be committed to “service for the common good” and also tolerate behaviors that are harmful or destructive to others.

Title IX requires all schools receiving federal financial assistance to take reasonable steps to create a safe, nondiscriminatory learning environment. If discrimination based on sex occurs, John Carroll University will take immediate action to end the discrimination, remedy its effects, and prevent its future recurrence.

Report Bias, Discrimination, Hate

Report Sexual Harassment and Interpersonal Violence