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With its tendency to approve legislation, the Undergraduate Council may be straying away from taking more meaningful stances on campus issues.
Jafet Arrieta, a physician who researches mental health care in Latin America, Julie Lee, an administrative fellow at the Bureau of Study Counsel, and Reginald Fils-Aime, a Haitian physician, were among the panelists featured during a Tuesday afternoon panel that discussed mental health resources in poor settings as part of Inside Out, a series of events on mental health awareness held this week.
Members of the Student Mental Health Liaisons handed out free t-shirts and Italian ice in exchange for signing a pledge to, among other things, “be an advocate for mental health on our campus.” The students were stationed on the Science Center Plaza for much of Thursday.
“We want people to know that they are cared for and are not alone,” said Alyssa R. Leader ’15, a member of Response Peer Counseling.
Administrators say they will not use information gathered from students’ meetings with Bureau of Study Counsel counselors for disciplinary purposes.
Lauren N. Reisig ’16 listens during an open forum about administrative changes at the Bureau of Study Counsel. Reisig voiced concerns about whether students with mental health concerns will need to attend University Health Services instead of the BSC. She said that she worries that students may not feel as comfortable going to UHS. UHS Director Dr. Paul J. Barreira responded by saying that the best way to deal with stigma regarding mental health is to attempt to change the perception of it.
Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay M. Harris discusses new changes to the Bureau of Study Counsel at an open forum on Wednesday.
Director of University Health Services Paul J. Barreira discusses new changes to the Bureau of Study Counsel at an open forum on Wednesday.
Several students who attended a town hall discussion raised concerns about student privacy in advance of the Bureau of Study Counsel’s move back to the purview of Harvard College.
The Bureau of Study Counsel, located on 5 Linden Street, has been a home to study services for students and will be making an oversight change from University Health Services to Harvard College.
Under the umbrella of Harvard University Health Services for the past 11 years, the Bureau of Study Counsel has created organizational difficulties for College administrators.