Counseling Center starts LGBTQ support group
The Counseling Center is cutting the ribbon on a new group for LGBTQ people to talk and get support. This group’s launch has been spearheaded by counselor Julia Kamenetsky to help fill the gaps left by the absence of other LGBTQ groups on campus.
Kamenetsky is new to Rhode Island College, marking her one-year RIC anniversary in April of 2017. She has run a support and empowerment group at another counseling center and says that she has “always enjoyed working with the LGBTQ community.”
When she came to campus, she polled her colleagues and RIC community members about the potential need for such a group, and everyone agreed, especially now that Helping Others Promote Equality (HOPE) is no longer on active on campus.
This confidential support group will meet in the Counseling Center and serve as a “safe space for people to talk about issues related to their identities.”
The group is not open to everyone. Kamenetsky says that it is “specifically for folks who identify as a sexual minority or gender minority.” However, she did say that their was a possibility for others to be included, as long as members of the group to have input.
“The way I am hoping to do it is that any student interested in it; I am going to ask them if they want it to be open to allies as well.”
In order to keep everyone confidential, the group will not be doing LGBTQ advocacy outside of the Counseling Center, but if members wish to do so, they can. Additionally, the Counseling Center supports Student Community Government President Jose Rosario’s goal of getting an LGBTQ coordinator on campus to assist in aiding that community at RIC.
For more information, visit the Counseling Center in Craig-Lee room 130, or call 456-8094 to book an appointment. The Counseling Center also hosts a Meditation and Mindfulness group, which is open to anyone (including students, faculty or staff) who wants a quiet place to practice meditation.