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Support Space for Students to Cross Your Academic Finish Line

Wednesdays, Feb. 7 & March 6 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
UChicago Bookstore (970 E. 58th St.), 3rd Floor

A support space for students to gather and gain support as they manage academic projects. Discussion topics can include imposter feelings, procrastination, existential dread, navigating cultural expectations, and more. All students are invited to join, especially historically marginalized students.

FLI Wellness Wednesdays

Wednesdays, January 10 until February 28 from 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Harper Memorial Library, room M311 (take west tower elevator to level “M”)

January 28 and February 28 (last Wednesday of each month) will feature Music Mindfulness Workshop where we’ll listen to music and lyrics through a mindfulness lens and connect through the role of music in expression, self-care, and uplifting communities. 

This program is for FLI (first generation, lower income, immigrant) students to have free, confidential and informal chats with a UChicago Student Wellness therapist who identifies as a member of the FLI community. No appointment is necessary. 

Do you have questions, such as the following:

  • Do I have to be unwell to seek mental health support?
  • Interested in therapy but find the process overwhelming?
  • Can FLI students with intersecting identities benefit from mental health support or therapy?

Drop in to speak to one of us!

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AJ Deloney, LCSW

See me on 1/17, 2/7, and 2/21!

AJ Deloney is a licensed clinical social worker and staff clinician at UChicago Student Wellness. AJ grew up on the south side of Chicago. He completed his Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree at The University of Iowa. Before earning his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago, he had a career in the federal government as a supervisor with the U.S. Postal Service. AJ is pursuing his DSW degree from the University of Kentucky, School of Social Work. AJ’s professional interests include providing psychoeducation about mental health and fighting cultural stigma and its impact on marginalized populations. AJ’s experiences include working with the severely mentally ill and military veterans suffering from trauma. He also volunteers with a non-profit organization that works to reduce community violence. AJ approaches his work with students from a Bio-Psycho-Social perspective, meeting the student where they are with challenges and concerns. AJ’s intersecting identities as an African American male, son of a Vietnam Veteran, and first-generation college graduate are the reasons he is passionate about helping students overcome barriers to mental health treatment.


Khanh Nghiem, PhD

See me on 1/10, 1/24, and 2/14!

Khanh Nghiem, PhD is a staff psychologist and the Associate Director for Diversity, Inclusion and Outreach at UChicago Student Wellness. As someone who identifies as a member of the FLI community and an Asian (Vietnamese) American refugee woman, she recognizes the importance of integrating diversity considerations in mental health and wellbeing. She is passionate about increasing access to care and support for underserved students. Her areas of specialization are multicultural therapy and advocacy, intersectionality of identities and cultural identity development, historical trauma, and family of origin issues.


LGBTQ Wellness: New Year, New Me!

Tuesday, January 16, 12:30 - 1:30 PM
LGBTQ Lounge, CI+I, 5710 S. Woodlawn Ave.
RSVP: https://bit.ly/lgbtqnewyear 

Welcome in the 2024 new year by creating vision boards, talking about intention setting, and practicing mindfulness techniques with Drs. Khanh Nghiem (Student Wellness) and Jacob Longaker (LGBTQ Student Life). This interactive activity is open to all students and will include content directed to those who identify as LGBTQ+. Light refreshments provided.

Wellness Workshop: Deconstructing Narratives

Tuesday, January 23, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Center for Identity + Inclusion, (5710. South Woodlawn Ave)
RSVP: https://ucinclusion.wufoo.com/forms/xat5c4b1xiv4qg/

Join Student Support Services and Student Wellness for a workshop where we'll explore strategies to sustain wellness and prevent burnout during the colder months. We'll be doing an experiential community activity to discuss imposter feelings and deconstruct societal, cultural, and family narratives of success and well-being. Dinner will be provided. This event is intended for FLI (first-gen, lower-income, and/or immigrant/undocumented) graduate/professional students but all students are welcome! If you have any questions, please email studentsupport@uchicago.edu.

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