Support for Students Struggling with Global Challenges

Many nations – including our own – are currently confronted with significant challenges, conflicts, natural disasters, public health emergencies, and/or outright war.  As a global community, many students experience the impacts, in some cases deeply.  Georgia Tech is here to support students in need, no matter the reasons or circumstances that may be causing anxiety or distress. The following are the resources and services available for students: 

    • Hip Pocket Fund – The Dean Griffin Hip Pocket Fund offers interest-free emergency loans to students for academic or personal matters and is managed by the Dean of Students Office.  Students in need of financial support from the fund should contact the Dean of Students Office via the request assistance form
    • Advocacy & Assistance: If you are concerned about a student who may be in distress or believe that a student may need personal support, the Dean of Students Office accepts third party referralsfrom faculty and staff. In addition, DOS staff may assist students who need academic-related considerations, e.g., deadline extensions, missing classes, etc. Finally, DOS staff can also help connect students with on- and off-campuses resources and services as needed. 
    • Let’s Talk Program – Weekly informal consultations with mental health professionals are available.  This semester, virtual sessions are offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and students can register or walk-in for a support conversation. 
    • Satellite Counseling Program – Mental health professional staff have been embedded into Georgia Tech colleges and schools. They offer immediate and local access to the students within those majors and offer weekly walk-in availability to students needing an informal consultation. 
    • Faculty/staff consultation: Faculty or staff who may be concerned about a student in their course, a GTA/GRA, or other student employee may reach out for a consultation with a member of the CMHCR team to determine the best course of action and collaboratively determine how to best assist/support the student.