Community Liaisons serve as bridge builders with student communities on campus that face additional barriers and stigma about accessing mental health care.
In their role, the Community Liaisons serve as a conduit with their designated campus community. They will assist in bringing information about mental health and related services to the community and listen to the needs of the community so that information can be shared back with CAPS and with Cornell Health more broadly.
While all Community Liaisons are CAPS therapists, they are not the “designated therapist” for members of that student community. Rather, they can help students within the community by answering questions about mental health services and support, provide educational presentations, meet with student groups, and generally be a resource for the community.
Currently, CAPS staff serving as Community Liaisons provide outreach to:
- Black students
- Indigenous students
- Latinx students
- Low income and first generation students
- LGBTQ+ students
How to connect with a Community Liaison:
- Students with individual questions about their own mental health care can stop by during a Community Liaison's Let's Talk drop-in consultations.
- Students who would like to request an educational presentation or connection to a student group can email Cornell Health. Alternatively, call Cornell Health during business hours [607-255-5155] and leave a phone message for a particular Community Liaison.
In the news:
- “New Community Liaison Expands Mental Health Access for Indigenous Students” (Cornell Daily Sun, Feb.3, 2022) features Clinical Social Worker and Community Liaison Wahieñhawi “Hawi” Hall.