What Is DipCares? 

DipCares is a team of individuals who care about our students at Franklin and Marshall and are available to provide support and guidance during challenging times. Many students face difficult times during college. Unexpected life events, personal crisis, mental health struggles, financial issues, or academic difficulties are all examples of challenges that can interfere with a student’s success during their college years. DipCares is here to make sure students are aware of resources, that faculty and staff know how to help students who are experiencing distress, and that no student feels they are alone.

Care Coordination at F&M

The Care Coordinator coordinates prevention, intervention, and support efforts across campus to assist students facing crises, life traumas, and other barriers impeding their academic success.  

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Concerned About A Student?  

The DipCares program allows anyone who is concerned about a student to make a report via our Referral Form. Once the form is received by the Chair of our DipCares Team, outreach is completed with student and support is offered as deemed appropriate.

NOTE: if you are worried about the immediate safety of a student/self, please call 911 or the Department of Public Safety at 717-358-3939. Also, see Resources below.

DipCares Referral Form

Anyone concerned about a student can submit this form. The DipCares team will offer support as appropriate. 

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Resources for Specific Student Issues 

DipCares Statement on Anti-Racism and Supporting The Wellbeing of Our Students of Color  

The Weight by Christina Morton

Dear Students,

We know that prior to the COVID-19 crisis, Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) were disproportionately experiencing high levels of mental health issues and emotional distress. It should come as no surprise to any of us that the reasons for this discrepancy have both historical and societal underpinnings, and, as outlined by Mental Health America, include: 

  • Historical exclusion from health, educational, social, and economic resources, which translates into socioeconomic disparities today. 
  • Socioeconomic status, in turn, is linked to mental health: people in economic distress are at higher risk for mental health distress.
  • Ongoing racism (stereotyping, unrelenting microaggressions, and exclusionary structures/systems) continues to have measurable, adverse consequences, negatively impacting the mental health of BIPOC.

Since the COVID-19 crisis began, the referrals received by our DipCares team have reflected these patterns, with disproportionate numbers of referrals for BIPOC students. Grief and loss were already prevalent in our communities of color, and now, adding to this collective sorrow, our country is processing (and protesting) the recent murders of more unarmed Black people, whose names we will say now: 

Ahmaud Arbery

George Floyd

Tony McDade

Dreasjon "Sean" Reed

Breonna Taylor

The impact of these things on the emotional and psychological wellbeing of our students of color cannot be overstated or ignored. To this end, DipCares would like to offer specific resources to you in this time of crisis and need:

In addition, we have members of our Virtual Care Community who are able and willing to support you individually, on a regular basis, for touch-in and support, for as long as you need. If you are interested in this, simply send an email to the Care Coordinator, Susan Knoll, sknoll@fandm.edu.

We hear you, we see you, we know you are in pain. We will continue to know better and do better.

 

F&M DipCares Team 

Doug Adams, Associate Dean of Students

Melissa Giess,  Assistant Dean of Student Affairs & Weis College House Dean

Todd DeKay, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs & Ware College House Dean

Lauren Firestone, Director of Counseling Services

Jessica Haile, Assistant Dean for International Student Services

Kabi Hartman, Faculty Liaison

Alison Hobbs, Director of Student Accessibility Services

Ali Janicek, Assistant Dean for International and Off-Campus Study

 

 Courtnee Jordan-Cox, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs & New College House Dean

Susan Knoll, Care Coordinator

Laura Medvic, Registrar

Amy Myers, Director of Medical Services

Beth Proffitt, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs & Boncheck College House Dean

Brian Samble, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs & Brooks College House Dean

Colette Shaw, Dean of Students (Chair of DipCares Team)

Anne Strickler,  Public Safety Officer