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"Students are more successful when they
take full advantage of all the resources our
campus offers, and we thought that building
those relationships [with multiple departments] early in their college careers would
help contribute to their overall success."
-Jamie Danzy, Monroe Community College

Counselors take up
residence in dorms

<7%

Colleges with embedded
counselors in 2014

12%

Colleges with embedded
counselors in 2016

advising and career services-introduced
students to their services and offered programming ranging from sleep awareness
sessions to yoga. Danzy opted to host the
event in the dorm to boost its visibility
and increase student participation.
"Students are more successful when
they take advantage of all of the resources
our campus offers, and we thought that
building those relationships [with multiple departments] early in their college
careers would help contribute to their
overall success," she says.
Monroe hasn't collected data to assess
whether the Resource Fair increased the
number of freshmen seeking campus services, but Danzy received a lot of positive
feedback. She plans to make the event a
regular part of residence life.
Is there demand for the service?
A decade ago, an incoming Stephens
College student requested permission to
share a dorm room with her pet. Since the
first four-legged canine resident moved
into the residence hall, the pet population at the Columbia, Missouri, institution has exploded. More than 100 dogs,
cats and rabbits now live on campus.
"I think it draws students," says director of residential life Alissa Pei. "We get
students who aren't sure what they want
their major to be but they know they
want to bring their dog to college."

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Currently, five of the seven residence
halls allow animals and Stephens College
is regarded as the most pet-friendly campus in the nation. The animal welcome
mat goes beyond merely allowing their
presence, as students can access myriad
pet services without leaving their residence halls.
Searcy Hall is known as "pet central"
because the dorm houses pet-friendly
study spaces and a dog bathing station.
Residence life activities include classes
on making dog treats and cat toys. And
when a student requested a doggie daycare, the college added a facility in Searcy
Hall in 2011. A $200 pet fee per semester gives students unlimited free access to
these services.
"If we can prevent them from having
to load their dog up to take it [into town]
to be groomed or for daycare, we want to
offer them that opportunity," Pei says. "By
having these resources for them, we're able
to maximize their experience here."

Source: Association for University and
College Counseling Center Directors

* The University of Iowa: launched
an embedded counseling program
in 2016, which now includes two
counselors in Catlett Hall
* State University of New York
at Oswego: hired a part-time
embedded counselor in 2017 for
group and individual counseling
services in residence halls across
campus
* Montana State University:
converted two dorm rooms into
counseling offices in 2016
* Penn State: added a counseling
office in South Hall in 2016, with
funding from college administrators
and the class of 2016

Jodi Helmer, a frequent contributor to UB, is a
North Carolina-based writer.
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