CASAS provides emotional support and information about available resources to students who are survivors of sexual violence. CASAS also supports friends and family members of people who have experienced sexual violence. Staff and peer advocates can assist survivors with obtaining protection orders, changing housing, accessing medical services, understanding options for financial aid and emergency leave, and considering reporting options. In addition to daytime appointments, evening appointments are available.
The Counseling Center provides brief individual counseling, group counseling, workshops, and self-help resources for Western students. Crisis services are available 24 hours a day throughout the year, and the Counseling Center reserves daily appointment times for students with urgent concerns as well as crisis phone support when the Center is closed.
During the 2019-20 academic year, the Counseling Center will again provide the Queer Connections support group. The Counseling Center will also offer a weekly Yoga for Resilience group. This is a trauma-informed yoga class intended for students of all bodies, all levels, and all genders; it is an LGBTQ+ affirming space. Go here for more info.
The Equal Opportunity Office/Title IX Coordinator serves students, faculty, and staff with concerns related to discrimination or harassment. Washington law and Western’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity prohibit discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, as well as race, national origin, religion, disability, veteran status, and other protected characteristics. People can request assistance or file a discrimination complaint with the EO Office, or can raise a concern of bias anonymously via the EO Office’s Bias Incident Reporting Form.
The Ethnic Student Center, a student-run organization within the Associated Students, helps students affirm their identity, build community, and cultivate leadership. The ESC provides comfortable lounge space, cable TV, desk space, computers, supplies, and a supportive staff. ESC clubs are cultural/ethnic organizations that offer social connection and a variety of activities.
Peer Sexual Health Educators educate and empower students to live sexually healthy lives. Information sessions and outreach programs are designed to help students experience their sexuality and sexual relationships in ways that are empowered, healthy, positive, and pleasurable. Peer Sexual Health Educators provide free, confidential, one-on-one information sessions for students for students of all genders and sexual orientations interested in learning more about sex and sexual health.
The Student Health Center is every student’s home for health and well-being at Western Washington University. All students have access to a wide range of services. The Student Health Center is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment. A preferred name and pronouns can be added to the medical record at any visit. Services include primary medical care, behavioral health, and sexual health care. Same day appointments are available for illness, injury, mental health support, STI testing, and emergency contraception. Services also include sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention counseling, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV prevention, and contraception. Condoms are available for free in the Health Center.