Support & Services
The Office of Student Activities facilitates learning experiences and leadership opportunities through participation in student organizations, social activities and other student-centered services. The Student Activities Office coordinates New Student Orientation, coordinates various committees involving students, schedules meetings and events in the McCombs Campus Center.
The Health Services Office provides care and education to assist students as they learn to take responsibility for their own health and well-being. Emphasis is placed on the importance of preventing illness through a healthy lifestyle, as well as on helping students manage the health problems college students sometimes encounter. The on-campus health care team at Southwestern includes a registered nurse, a part-time physician and a part-time physician assistant. The Director of Health Services is Dinorah Martinez-Anderson, R.N.
The Counseling Services Office provides free, confidential, short-term counseling regarding personal issues. Southwestern students seek counseling for a wide variety of concerns, including adjustment to college, making friends, motivation, depression, anxiety, sexuality, body image, eating disorders, sexual assault, alcohol or drug use, stress, bereavement, family issues and romantic relationships. Counseling Services staff members also offer outreach programs, group counseling and referrals to off-campus professionals for psychiatric medications and long-term counseling.
The Office of Diversity Education at Southwestern University works to promote diversity and social justice initiatives on campus. Diversity Education also provides resources and supports the continued development of a positive campus climate.
The Center For Academic Success (CAS) offers resources empowering students to achieve academic success. They work with new students to choose the best advisor, offer academic coaching and services for students with disabilities, as well as mentoring and skill development.
The Career Services Office sponsors programs and workshops to help students explore careers and plan, from choosing a major to job search techniques. They host weekly events - including “Professional Practice Interview Day,” “Etiquette Dinner” and “Career Connections BBQ” - throughout the year to assist students in building career-related skills. Students may meet individually with a career advisor for assistance in discerning interests, values and skills as they relate to majors and careers. Self-assessment inventories include the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Additionally, Career Services offers a Resource Center and NACElink, an online job and internship site with a resume database used to refer students to employers.
Southwestern students strongly believe in helping others. That’s the reason half of the student body volunteered to work the overnight shifts when the Georgetown community built a playscape for the city’s children. It’s why dozens of students traveled to southern Louisiana to help victims of Hurricane Katrina rebuild their homes and their lives.
The mission of the Dean of Students is to serve students as they manage academic, personal, social, and emotional issues and concerns, represent their legitimate needs to others, and represent the University’s interests to them. Students may submit an electronic complaint to the Dean of Students via an online submission form. The Dean of Students has administrative responsibility for the Honor Code, Residence Life, and Student Judicial Processes.