We Stand For Student Health and Wellness
Nationwide, campuses are facing a mental health crises and Stanford is no exception. We have seen an increase in demand for counseling services, leading to increased wait times and student frustration with our campus mental health system. Increasing costs for health care make it hard for students to receive the treatment they need. It’s hard to focus on academics when worried about how to pay for medications, regular doctor’s appointments, psychotherapy, or treatment at emergency rooms or urgent care clinics.
- Developing a Vision for CAPS - As the only slate who attended the candidate forums for the new CAPS director search, we have already established relationships with all three candidates. The Director of CAPS is seen as the campus point-person on a mental health and wellness at Stanford for students, staff and faculty and the new CAPS Director must take this into account in developing their vision for the future of student wellness at Stanford.
- Graduate Student Support - The resources provided to graduate students through CAPS are severely lacking. Graduate students face specific and unique academic challenges, such as their relationship with their adviser. CAPS staff must better support graduate students.
- FLI Community Support - A growing number of Stanford’s peer institutions, such as Georgetown, provide FLI-specific mental health and wellbeing support resources. We plan to work with the CAPS director, once that person is selected, and the FLI community to create new programs at Stanford to support the mental health and overall well-being of FLI students.
- PHE pay equity - Peer Health Educators in undergraduate dorms make significantly less than other student staff positions and are grossly undercompensated for the amount of work they do to support students. PHEs require more hours of training than RAs and are often a student’s first point of contact as they seek help with depression, eating disorders, anxiety, and other common health and wellness challenges. We will push for increased funding for the PHE program and higher stipends for PHEs in recognition of the valuable work that they do for our students.
- Diverse CAPS Counselors - We will advocate for improved services at Vaden and the hiring of more CAPS counselors experienced with underrepresented populations, including students of color, gender nonconforming, LGBTQ+, FLI, and students with disabilities.
- Intersectional Approaches to Care - While a lot of attention in our communities has been focused on supporting students of color, there has been markedly less public discourse about supporting students with multiple marginalized identities. We need to ensure that CAPS staff are able to support our diverse student body and that the programming that occurs whether by student groups, CAPS, the Bridge, or community centers, needs to recognize students don't just carry a single identity.
- Cardinal Care Changes - For students receiving Cardinal Care, such as students who do not have access to insurance through their parents, we will fight to keep premiums and out-of-pocket costs as low as possible and help to advocate for additional subsidies for students that do not already get additional funding to cover the full cost of insurance. We will push for affordable dependent health care coverage and child care options for student parents.
- Promoting Overall Well-being - CAPS and other entities such as iThrive can play a larger role in promoting student well-being. We've heard from students that there needs to be more of a focus on healthy sleeping habits and balancing school with health and we look forward to helping facilitate greater conversation and programming around student well-being.