Hamre Center for Health and Wellness, Counseling Services

Identity Specific Resources


Identity Specific Workshop Series

The Identity Specific Workshop Series has been adapted to better serve you, our students. We understand that you have limited availability, and we want to meet you where you are. For this reason, student groups, leaders, collectives, clubs, classrooms, and more can invite a counselor from the Hamre Center to present on a topic of interest and join you in your own space.

Our workshops are designed to center the needs and experiences of BIPOC, International, First Generation, and/or Queer/Trans students. We will offer a safe and supportive environment that offers an intersectional framework (including gender identity, sexuality, class, religion, disability, citizenship, and more).

How to get started? First, you can choose from one of the six available topics or we create a topic together. Second, email Hanin (she/her) at hharb@macalester.edu to further discuss this opportunity.

  1. Managing Stress and Inclusive Skill Building: A workshop designed to help students manage stress in healthier ways. We will discuss inclusive skill building related to managing emotions, tolerating distress, communicating more effectively with others, and staying present in your own life. 
  2. 2. Strengthening Activism through Rest and Meditation: BIPOC and QTPOC students have been at the forefront of most social movements. In an effort to make lasting change, most activists recognize the work needs to be attended to daily. This workshop is designed to provide an introduction to mindfulness practice for student activists. 
  3. When Home is Hard: You are probably not the same person today as you were prior to starting college, though your family may only see you as who you were before. You might also find yourself unexpectedly dealing with changes at home that happened while you were away. Returning home can be challenging. This workshop offers a space to connect with others who understand having difficult dynamics at home and an opportunity to learn coping strategies.
  4. Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: Have you ever felt like you’re not as capable as people think you are or felt like a fraud about to be uncovered? You may be experiencing Impostor Syndrome. In this workshop, we will share techniques for recognizing and combating Impostor Syndrome. 
  5. Navigating Conflict – Restoring and Repairing Personal Relationships: Join this workshop to learn tools for using restorative justice principles in personal relationships. 
  6. Prioritizing Play and Movement: A movement-based workshop to learn stress reduction and grounding skills by focusing on spontaneity, play, and laughter. 

For more information, e-mail Hanin Harb, M.S.Ed., LPCC, C-DBT, NCC (she/her) at hharb@macalester.edu.


Identity Specific Wellness Groups

Identity specific wellness groups are tailored to center the needs and experiences of BIPOC, International, First Generation, and/or Queer/Trans students. This will be a safe and supportive environment that offers an intersectional framework (including gender identity, sexuality, class, religion, disability, citizenship, and more). Groups are facilitated by mental health counselors experienced working with these intersecting cultural and identity groups.

Groups encourage continuous attendance to obtain the full benefit and require a pre-group individual meeting to make sure the group is a good fit. With that being said, acceptance into the group will be open throughout the semester.

For more information, e-mail Hanin Harb, M.S.Ed., LPCC, C-DBT, NCC (she/her) at hharb@macalester.edu.


BIPOC Connections

Weekly on Tuesdays, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

This is a virtual space for Black, indigenous, international students of color, and mixed identities and communities to come together to support mental health and share their experiences on campus, at home, and in our community. Some of the themes we may discuss include: imposter syndrome, belongingness, enoughness, gender roles, religion and spirituality, racism, immigration, and ongoing events that impact BIPOC and international folks. 

Within the BIPOC and international community, there are many different ways in how we experience the world. We will work together to affirm one another, better understand ourselves and our community, explore our identities, and the systems that impact us and our mental health. I invite this variety in lived experiences and trust that each of our identities and stories will add to our group and discussions. 

This virtual group will start when we have 5 students committed to attending continuously, though acceptance into the group will be open throughout the semester. This space will be facilitated by Hanin (she/her), a cis-female, Palestinian person and Dana Suttles (she/her), a Black, cis-woamn. For more information or to schedule an individual pre-group meeting, e-mail Hanin Harb, M.S.Ed., LPCC, C-DBT, NCC (she/her) at hharb@macalester.edu or complete this google form

For more information or to schedule a pre-group individual meeting, e-mail Hanin Harb, M.S.Ed., LPCC, C-DBT, NCC (she/her) at hharb@macalester.edu.


NEW: Share your group ideas or request other groups!

We believe in groups as a powerful tool to support mental health and collective healing. We want to offer groups that meet the unique needs, identities, and histories of our students. 

What you say matters! Students have expressed interest in the groups listed below, and we are listening. If you are interested in attending a weekly or bi-weekly group on one of these topics or if you have another group you’d like to request, please complete this Group Interest form. When there are at least 5 students interested, we will reach out via email.

-Trans and Gender Non-Binary Support Group

-BIPOC Sexual Violence Support Group

-International Student Support Group

-A general Mental Health Support Group

-BIPOC Grief and Relief Group

-Mental Health and Disability Support Group


Let’s Talk

Let’s Talk is a drop-in service that takes counselors with varying identities and positionalities out of the Hamre Center and into the campus community with the goal of providing easier access for students who might not find their way to us. These are confidential, informal, and anonymous consultations with no appointment necessary. Just drop in during the scheduled times to sign up for a 15-minute time slot. 

Let’s Talk is not a substitute for formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment, but counselors can listen to specific problems, provide support, help explore solutions, and give information about other resources. Let’s Talk is not designed to provide crisis support.

This program is facilitated by two BIPOC identifying counselors, Dana Suttles and Don DeBoer. Dana (she//her) is a cis-female, Black person.  Don (he/him) is a cis-male, multiethic, gay identifying person. 


Identity Specific Counseling Providers

There are several counseling staff at the Hamre Center for Health and Wellness with varying ethnic and gender identities and positionalities. You are able to request specific counseling staff based on availability, therapeutic modality, gender, ethnic and racial identity, and more. Visit the About Us page to learn more about our counseling staff. When possible and available, you will be matched with a counselor that meets your needs. 


Gender-Affirming Counseling Support

Transgender, genderqueer, gender fluid, or people outside of the gender binary identify routinely face discrimination and misunderstanding from health care providers, which prevents many them from getting the care they need. We are committed to providing comfortable, affirming, and accessible care to our trans, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming students. We strive to create an environment that is trans-affirming and inclusive so that our students feel safe in order to get the care they need. We provide individual counseling for students who are seeking therapeutic support related to gender identity and expression, coming out and physical/social transition, and/or other related or unrelated mental health concerns as it pertains to gender identity.