In order to participate in a group, students must complete a Needs Assessment with a UBCS counselor. Contact Counseling Services for more information.
Identity-Based Groups Black Support Group LGBTQ+ Support Group International Student Support Group Graduate/Non-traditional Student Support Group
Skill-Based Groups Coping Skills Flourish Group *Emotional Wellness *Getting Unstuck: Tools for Academic Success * 5-week group, offered twice during the semester***
Understanding Self and Others Groups Connections Perfectly Imperfect: Art Journaling GroupCoping and Connecting (Drop-in Group)
Mindfulness-Based Groups Mindful Self-Compassion iRest *Yoga to Manage Moods * 5-week group, offered twice during the semester***
Black Student Support Group
Wednesdays 2:30-4:00 pm – In-Person (Richmond, North Campus)
The Black Student Support group is a space dedicated entirely to the experience of being Black. We invite members of the African diaspora to come together to create community and dialogue around what it means for you to be Black. In this group we will discuss various topics including culture, racial/ethnic identity, colorism, intersectionality, family, the diversity
LGBTQ+ Support Group
Wednesdays 3:00-4:30 pm – Online
The LGBTQ+ Support Group is a safe space for students of all LGBTQ+ identities to build a sense of community. The group serves as a place to discuss and explore topics related to these identities, which may include coming out / not coming out, relationships with family and friends, dating and intimate relationships, transitioning, and other life experiences related to being an LGBTQ+ person. Topics may also include non-identity related life stressors that students want to discuss.
International Student Support Group
Mondays 3:00-4:30 pm – Online This group provides a safe, supportive, and comfortable place for international students to discuss adjustment stressors and cross-cultural experiences in the U.S. The group also creates a safe and confidential environment for group members to share information and support each other.
Graduate and Non-Traditional Student Support Group
Tuesdays 2:30-4:00 pm – In-Person (Richmond, North Campus)
This group is designed to allow graduate and non-traditional students to explore the unique challenges they face in a safe and supportive environment. It can help students explore their identity, find new ways of relating to others, recognize how stressors impact them, and share personal experiences. The group can assist students in finding alternative ways of looking at life’s challenges to enable the development of healthier coping strategies.
Understanding Self and Others Groups
Thursdays 1:00-2:30 pm – Online
This group provides a warm and supportive environment where members can experiment constructively in a confidential environment with new ways of relating to others, share personal experiences, express fears and concerns, and get support and feedback. People participate in this group for a number of reasons including having difficulties in relationships, finding their relationships are not satisfying, being curious about how others perceive them, and seeking support when experimenting with new relational behaviors.
Perfectly Imperfect: Art Journaling Group *** 5-week group, offered twice during the semester***
Tuesdays 2:00-3:30 pm – In-Person (Michael, South Campus)
Do you feel like what you accomplish is never quite good enough? Do you worry about making mistakes or failing at something? Perfectly Imperfect offers a reflective and playful time for self-connection and uses expressive art activities to learn ways to let go of perfectionism, develop self-compassion, and embrace who you are. Art journaling relies on the use of art supplies and creative techniques without the necessary pressure of a perfect result. The group offers an alternative means of self-expression and connecting with others. No previous experience with art in needed and all supplies will be provided.
Coping and Connecting____***Drop-in Group***
Thursdays 3:00-4:30 pm – Online
This is an open group for students to increase understanding of their current experiences and to find ways to cope and connect with others. Attention will be given to our unique individual experiences and to the contexts in which we experience them, in order to increase the capacity to respond more compassionately to ourselves and to one another.
Tuesdays3:00-4:30 pm – Online
This structured group will teach skills to live in the present, deal with stress, manage difficult emotions, and handle interpersonal conflict in effective ways.
Wednesdays 2:00-3:30 pm – Online
A structured group for women who want to explore their relationship with body image, food, and emotions. This group is for individuals who are in various stages of preoccupation with food and body image concerns. Skills will be taught to live more intentionally and mindfully in the present, deal with stress, manage difficult emotions, and handle interpersonal conflict. Participants will also learn to connect with and live in their bodies more effectively.
Emotional Wellness *** 5-week group, offered twice during the semester***
Wednesdays2:00-3:30 pm– Online
This structured group will provide students with education and coping strategies to help with stress, anxiety, and mood management. Some of the topics covered may include self-care, relaxation and effective stress management, coping with anxiety in healthy ways, and increasing positive emotions.
Getting Unstuck: Tools for Academic Success *** 5-week group, offered twice during the semester***
Thursdays 12:00-1:30 pm – Online
Are you feeling stuck in your studying – finding yourself easily distracted or procrastinating? This group teaches psychological tools to help students better manage the thoughts and feelings that can negatively impact academic functioning, and helps students to act more in line with their academic goals.
Wednesdays 12:30-2:00 pm – Online
Self-compassion involves being warm and understanding toward ourselves when we suffer, fail, or feel inadequate. Self-compassion is the opposite of ignoring our pain or punishing ourselves with self-judgment. Research suggest that the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion can help people regulate emotions, engage in healthy self-care, and respond to adversity in resilient ways. This group will help students learn the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion in order to cope with stress, anxiety, depression, and life challenges in healthy and balanced ways.
Thursdays 3:00-4:30 pm– Online
iRest meditation recognizes that we interpret our human experiences through our constantly changing thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. This yoga-based meditation practice incorporates psychology and neuroscience in training group members to welcome, connect with and engage these changing (and sometimes strong) states, while in a relaxed state. Members will learn to focus and release attention in a way that cultivates concentration, letting go when feeling stuck and tapping into wholeness of Being; which is always present, despite the ups and downs of life. This can lead to a stronger sense of feeling secure and safe with ourselves, while also feeling more connected to ourselves and others. No previous meditation experience needed.
Yoga to Manage Moods *** 5-week group, offered twice during the semester***
Thursdays 12:00-1:00 pm – Online
A co-ed Hatha Yoga group that provides a holistic approach to mood and symptom management. Using a combination of gentle physical poses, breathing and relaxation techniques, this group allows participants to feel more connected and balanced within the body and mind. A trauma sensitive, person-centered approach will be utilized and no previous yoga experience is necessary.For more information, Contact Counseling Services
Throw on that flannel, tie up those boots (w/ the fur), and join us this fall to improve the places we love. We believe that a strong community is a civically engaged community. We put our tools to work on large-scale community projects such as neighborhood clean-ups, tree-plantings, community gardens, and public art installations.
We’re excited to announce our Fall 2022 line-up of events! Most events take place on Saturday mornings and last no longer than three hours. All necessary tools, equipment and gear will be provided by The Tool Library. We do recommend you wear comfortable shoes and clothing you don’t mind getting dirty 🙂
Please bring your cellphone as volunteers will need to sign a digital waiver before each event.
Please join us at one of our upcoming service events:
Saturday, October 1st @ 10AM – Perkins Park Cleanup
Saturday, October 8th @ 10AM – Tyler Street Gardens Work Day
Saturday, October 15th @ 10AM – William Gaiter Parkway Planting
Saturday, October 22nd @ 10AM – Bailey-Dartmouth Garden Work Day
Saturday, October 29th @ 10AM – Dewey Park Tree Care & Cleanup
Saturday, November 5th @ 9AM – ReTree Fall Planting
Take a tour of the GRow Clean Energy Center, and learn the story and stats behind the awardwinning, energy-positive building designed and built by UB students!
Come visit the center Vice President Kamala Harris spoke so highly of! After visiting GRoW on September 14, she said “the work that is being done here is very exciting and really a model for our country. When we chose to invest in the natural talent and invest in our future through young leaders, what we will be able to accomplish in terms of getting in front of the challenges we need to face, but also leading as a nation.” Tours will be led by Martha Bohm, Assoc Prof in the Department of Architecture, Honors College Faculty Fellow and faculty lead on the GRoW Home project. Tours will be led SATURDAY, Oct 8th at 1:30pm or 2:30pm. Meet at the GRoW home located across from the Center for Tomorrow near the Maple Road entrance to campus.
Interested in social justice? Leadership development? Immersive experiences? Earning Honors Experience credits?
Come meet Rachel DiDomizio, and Honors alumna and currently Assistant Director of Community & Civic Engagement at UB. Rachel will be giving a presentation to the Honors College about Alternative Break Programs, including:
WNY BloodCare Innovation Sprint, September 8th through October 6th, a virtual experience
In a 4-week, virtual Innovation Sprint sponsored by Blackstone LaunchPad at the University at Buffalo in partnership with WNY BloodCare and UB’s Office of Interproffesional Education, students will develop innovative solutions to a WNY BloodCare challenge:
Collaborating in teams, students in a 3-5 member group will develop a proposal to address:
How might WNY BloodCare create a robust “transition to independence” management plan for high school students (Grades 9 – 12) to facilitate these patients’ transition to independent living at college? How might WNY BloodCare assess the effectiveness the transition process?
Students will be asked to specifically consider:
Preparing patients and parents for the transition to independent disease management;
Introducing patients to working with their healthcare team as an independent adult;
Ensuring patients have robust self-management skills;
Transition plan must be a short, efficient tool that can be used to prompt discussion with the patient at annual clinic visits;
Preparing students for college readiness; and
Reporting mechanism for development and implementation of the transition plan.
A virtual Innovation Sprint:
Week 1: Thursday, September 8th from 6 – 8:00 p.m. ET – Kick-off
Week 2: Thursday, September 15th from 6-7:00 pm ET – Meet with venture coaches & resources.
Week 3: Thursday, September 22nd – Teams submit/upload recorded pitch idea.
Week 4: Thursday, October 6 – Final Pitch Presentation session from 6-8:00 pm ET.
What is an Innovation Sprint?
You will work collaboratively on a team to solve a challenge statement presented by WNY BloodCare.
Innovation Sprints welcome idea creators and builders! By participating in this Innovation Sprint, you will:
Use creative problem solving techniques to help WNY BloodCare find real-world solutions to their challenges;
Work collaboratively with other students of all disciplines and pitch your solutions for prizes;
Develop skills such as teamwork, problem-solving and presentation skills; and
Plus… Innovation Sprints look great on LinkedIn and resumes!
The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) is looking to hire two student tour guides for the Fall 2022 semester to lead our prospective student visits. Interested students should be comfortable leading tours, speaking with larger groups of people and talking about your experience in engineering.
Undergraduate SEAS student with Sophomore standing within an approved major