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Campus Resources: Are they for Me?

  • Melissa Pennestri
Posted on June 15, 2020
Student Lifestyle

YES! Campus resources are here not only to assist and support you when needed but to also make you feel a sense of belonging as well as provide students another way of making sure their voice is heard. It is important to note that it is okay to seek out support. It does not mean that you are incapable in any way — in fact, just the opposite. Knowing when to ask for help shows that you are mature enough to recognize that, in order to be successful, you need some additional support.

You will be introduced to all of these resources in your UNIV 101 class that all incoming first-year students must take. This class is very important, as it will not only highlight all the resources that Drexel has on campus but you will learn some important mechanics necessary to function at Drexel such as how to register for classes.

Campus resources are here not only to assist and support you when needed but also to make you feel a sense of belonging as well as to provide students another way of making sure their voice is heard.

Below I will list some of the resources that you may find useful or just may want to be a part of in order to find a sense of community in your home away from home:

  • Office of Counseling and Health Services – offers free individual and group counseling services to students. There are also other programs and online services offered with the goal of assisting students with embracing and maintaining good health. You can also get involved virtually as a volunteer if you are interested in caring for the emotions of others around you.
  • Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion (SCDI) – supports and empowers students of all backgrounds as they build a sense of community that reflects the diversity of Drexel's student body. SCDI works to make sure every Dragon feels welcome! SCDI supports Drexel's faith- and diversity-based student organizations and communities such as AHLNA (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native American), LGBTQIA+, first-generation, and international student populations.
  • Center for Learning and Academic Success Services (CLASS) – offers free academic support in the form of academic tutoring, tips for time management, strategies for academic success, as well as a long list of various workshops and events.
  • Office of Equality and Diversity – is charged to provide equal opportunity and equal access to education, employment programs, and activities. Coordinated by the Office of Equality and Diversity, Disability Resources works with students who have documented disabilities, assisting in providing reasonable accommodations to enable student success.
  • International Students & Scholar Services – offers a variety of services to approximately 5,000 international students, scholars, and faculty representing 127 different countries.
  • Office of Spiritual and Religious Life – works with a variety of campus partners to cultivate a culture of mutual respect for the variety of faith traditions on campus. If you are interested in joining a spiritual and religious student organization, the office of spiritual and religious life can connect you with your interest group.
  • Office of Veteran Student Services – coordinates a campus wide effort to ensure that student veterans and military dependents can access campus services with ease.
  • Center for Inclusive Education and Scholarship – provides support for programs which serve traditionally underrepresented and underserved populations. The goal of this center is to support the life cycle academic experience of Drexel students, from pre-college access programs to graduation and beyond.

The above list is just a small sample of what Drexel offers to support our students emotionally, academically, socially, and spiritually. I urge you to investigate these resources and to get involved! For a full list of student resources, you can visit our Resources for Drexel Students.


Melissa Pennestri is the Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Drexel. She spends her free time with her husband and two sons (when they make time for her).

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