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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Anti-Bias Reporting @ F&M 

The Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) ensures that student(s) have access to appropriate support and to assist the College in a coordinated campus response to bias-related incidents and situations. The primary functions of BIRT are to respond, support and communicate to the campus when warranted. For more information and the reporting form, visit here.

 
DipCares Mission Statement 
DipCares is a team of college staff dedicated to supporting the health and wellbeing of students while they are pursuing an undergraduate liberal education. Our aim is to provide the necessary social and emotional resources to meet the needs of our diverse group of students, and empower them to seek these out, and to ask for help when needed. We are dedicated to encouraging our students to think critically about their decisions and consider how to take control of their lives. We will provide the scaffolding to help students make decisions that will allow their full engagement in the learning process, as well as their academic and personal success, by living fulfilling lives, and the ability to make meaningful contributions to their families, workplaces, communities, and the world.  

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, Director of Academic Advising and Student Success

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

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs & Brooks College House Dean

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

Anne Strickler,  Public Safety Officer