Welcome! Use this page as a guide for wellness support resources you may need as a Latinx and/or Hispanic student at UNC Charlotte.
Here you’ll find common challenges Latinx students may navigate during college, as well as suggestions for self-care and resources that are specifically geared towards supporting our Latinx/Hispanic campus community.
What do I do if I’m Feeling Overwhelmed?
If you are feeling overwhelmed and you recognize you need additional support we want you to know Charlotte offers a number of different resources. The Health and Wellbeing Unit at UNCC can be a great place to get your physical wellness needs, emotional wellness needs, or any other resources that can help you feel you can amplify your well-being through your college career. Below you can read about some of our different departments:
Center for Integrated Care (CIC)
The Center for Integrated Care (CIC) is a one-stop shop for referral and linkage to wellbeing resources both on and off campus.
Center for Counseling at Psychological Services (CAPS)
The Center for Counseling at Psychological Services (CAPS) provides comprehensive wellness-related programs and services to UNC Charlotte students.
Center for Wellness Promotion
The Center for Wellness Promotion uses a public health model and effective prevention and health promotion strategies to help students make informed decisions about their personal health and wellbeing.
University Recreation (UREC)
University Recreation (UREC) provides fitness support at all shapes, all sizes, all ages, all disability levels, and all fitness levels
Multicultural Mental Health & Equity Initiative (MMHEI)
The Multicultural Mental Health & Equity Initiative specifically addresses the mental health and wellbeing needs of students of color, endeavors to destigmatize mental health among folx of color, eliminate barriers to access, and provides culturally congruent support/resources. MMHEI staff includes two Latinx and bilingual Spanish clinical therapists to specifically provide mental health support for Latinx students.
One of the most important aspects of personal well-being and mental health maintenance is self-care. Self-care activities are anything that you do to help yourself feel happy, healthy, and balanced, and are unique to each individual person. The benefits of incorporating self-care are strong and can help support you as a student in adjusting to college, managing the stressors of each semester, and thriving during your academic career. We acknowledge that for Latinx/Hispanic cultures, healing and self-care often occur in community, so we also encourage you to scroll below to the community resource list on this website. Here we’ve compiled a set of resources specific to self-care, in both Spanish and English, to practice with!
- Decolonizing Self Care Practices for the Hispanic/Latinx Community
- Information about Sleep Hygiene and Sleep Hygiene tips (English)
- Información sobre Sueño Saludable y Consejos para dormir (Español)
- Quick guided breathing meditation (English)
- Body scan meditation (English)
- Meditación guiada corta (Español)
- Meditación de escaneo corporal guiada (Español)
- Searchable directory of Latinx therapists
Student Organizations for Latinx Students
Did you know there are over 10 student organizations that center Latinx identity on campus? From community building to cultural heritage, leadership, greek life, and service there is likely a student organization for you! Check out the websites of our active student organizations and greek life chapters.
- Association of Latino Professional for America (ALPFA)
- Brazilian Student Association
- Caribbean Students Association
- Club de español para amigos (CEPA)
- Corazones Unidos Siempre Chi Upsilon Sigma Nat Latin Sorority
- Hispanic College Awareness Program
- Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc
- Latin American Student Association (LASO)
- Latinx Student Union
- Latinx Honor Society
- La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity Incorporated
- Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) - and group website
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Campus Resources for Latinx Students
We want you to know there are also specific offices, organizations, and entities that can help various areas of wellness from financial and legal services to educational services and student advocacies. There is also a growing community of Latinx students, faculty and staff that are committed to make the campus environment one that celebrates the Latinx Experience. Please check out below the effort of all of these campus partners.
Special thanks to the Latinx Faculty Staff Caucus, who developed an initial list of resources for students on campus.
- Latinx/Hispanic Faculty and Staff Caucus serves to facilitate and influence UNC Charlotte policies that affect the educational and professional development of its members, to promote community involvement and awareness, and to provide guidance regarding its activities and goals. The Caucus often meet with students to hear what the needs are on campus that need to be advocated for. You can also join listserv for events and announcements.
- Directory of Latinx Faculty and Staff is a guide that highlights and celebrates the wide-ranging contributions of Latinx and Hispanic scholars on UNC Charlotte's campus. If you are interest in knowing if there’s a Latinx faculty or staff in your area of academic interest and you wish to know more about their work this is a great place for it!
- Office for Identity Equity and Engagement aims to educate, develop, and engage students regarding their various intersecting identities (gender identity, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual identity, etc). They provide students an affirming and equitable environment committed to fostering a campus community that celebrates and supports expansion of identities through resources and programming.
- The Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusion emphasizes the student success and academic support of students from the following populations: African American, Asian American, Hispanic/Latinx, Pacific Islander, Native American, Multi-racial, LGBTQ, first-generation, students from rural communities, and students who have a reported disability.
- Student Assistant Support Services serves to to assist, support and advocate for students experiencing a broad range of issues, concerns or challenges interfering with a student’s ability to be successful academically or personally.
- Student Legal Services provides free legal advice, limited representation, and resources to enrolled students.
- Office of Civil Rights and Title IX takes active measures to create or restore a respectful, safe, and inclusive environment for community members that is free from discrimination, discriminatory harassment, and sexual or interpersonal violence. They do so through education, providing resources, responding to reports, and highlighting a culture of respect.
- University Center for Academic Excellence provides academic support services and resources that increase learning effectiveness, enhance student success, and promote academic excellence, through workshops, mentoring, tutoring, and more.
- The Office of Diversity and Inclusion provides information on diversity resources and events on campus. For more information on Latinx student resources on campus check their website here.
Community and Virtual Resources for Latinx Students
If the campus and self-care resources don't feel like they are meeting your needs we want you to know Charlotte with many local and national organizations dedicated to supporting the lives Latinx communities, and issues relevant to Latinx and hispanic families. Check out some of the resources below:
Immigration Support and Services
- Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy provides legal services and community programming to immigrants
- Latin American Coalition offer advice and assistance in immigration law to low-income immigrants, including citizenship and family
- The Immigration Legal Resource Center offers updates on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) policies
- Carolina Migrant Network : provides cost-free volunteer attorneys to support with immigration bond proceedings
- International House: provides low cost english classes tutoring and legal services
Community Therapy Options
- Opportunities for low cost clinical services in Durham at El Futuro
- Searchable directory therapists through Latinx Therapy
Low-Cost Health Options for Immigrant Families
- Carering is a low cost clinic for community members
- Camino Community Center is a bilingual and multicultural health center for underinsured populations
Financial Support and Wellness
- Information on FAFSA application and scholarship application for DACA students can be found at So Much Potential
- Information in spanish on how to fill out FAFSA application can be found at Federal Student Aid
Interpersonal violence prevention resources for Latinx community
- Legal Aid of North Carolina – Battered Immigrant Project: Non profit that provides support for migrants who've experienced domestic violence
- Safe Alliance (Spanish): Spanish resources for interpersonal violence in Latinx community
- Women’s Law (Spanish): Safehouses for women survivors of gendered violence in spanish
- ourBRIDGE for KIDS is a non-profit that supports immigrant and refugee community in Charlotte
- Project 658 provides trainings on job, resumes, tutoring, and ESL classes