Health and Wellbeing

Programs 

YMCA Membership Program for Cityhawks

CCD is pleased to offer free memberships at the Denver YMCA to all CCD students. Membership at the YMCA permits access to any location across the country and your family members may join for a $20/month family-upgrade fee. To sign up, simply visit any of the 5 metro YMCA branch locations in person and bring proof of current student status at CCD. The Denver YMCA offers:

  • Over 400 fitness classes each week including cycling, yoga, pilates, and Zumba
  • Access to all facilities and most classes are included in the membership. Some classes require a small additional fee
  • Two hours of free child care while you work out
  • Two free “Get Started” one-on-one coaching/personal fitness sessions with a certified fitness professional
  • Discounts of up to 40% on YMCA programs including childcare, swim lessons, day camps, and youth sport

Locker Vouchers 

Why free lockers you ask. Maybe you've got back-to-back activities, a diaper bag for your child, or maybe you don't have a stable place and just need someone to keep some of your stuff. No matter the reason, having access to a safe and secure place to keep your belongings while you're on campus can help you stop worrying about your personal items and start focusing on your classes. If you think having a locker would help you. Schedule a short appointment with our team by filling out this form and we'll get you set up. 

Menstrual Products 

Menstrual products are expensive and are not covered by health insurance nor social programs like SNAP or WIC. We know many students at CCD struggle to make ends meet with limited finances. CCD Human Services Office program is committed to ensuring students' health and dignity and we see increasing access to free menstrual products as a key piece of our equity and inclusion work on campus. That's why we are happy to provide free tampons and pads in our food pantry to any student who needs them. We also strongly support expanding access to free menstrual products across campus. Need some supplies? Stop by the food pantry located in Tivoli Student Union, Room 260.  

Workshops

Black Healing Circles 

We recognize that there is often little to no space on campus specifically for Black students to be able to fully express, and heal from, the racialized trauma & stress you experience each day. We want to change that. That is why we have partnered with a fantastic BIPOC-led organization in Denver, YouthSeen, to hold healing circles for all Auraria students who self-identify as Black. 

Body Positive Learning Cohort

 "It's only through our own transformed relationship with our bodies that we can begin to fight for the liberation of all bodies." -  Sonya Renee Taylor

The Community College of Denver Office of Student Life, in partnership with CCD Health Instructor & Body Positive RD/Nutrition Therapist, Natalie Nowak, has launched the Body Positive Learning Cohort; a six-part workshop and peer-learning series for students interested in building a body-positive campus. As a cohort member, you will learn how to promote healthy eating, sustainable self-care behaviors, and positive body image as the norm. Cohort members become community leaders in the fight against body shaming both on and off-campus. Alumni will have the opportunity to help us shape future workshops and events around campus to combat diet culture and promote health at every size.  

Resources

Mental Health Resources for Black, Indigenous People and People of Color

5 Black Mental Health Resources to Fight the Harmful Effects of Racism

Peer Support for Mental Healing & Suicide Prevention 

Project Lets: builds peer-led communities of support, education & advocacy for folks with lived experience of mental illness, trauma, Disability, and/or neurodivergence.

My3 Suicide Prevention App

  • With MY3, you define your network and your plan to stay safe. With MY3 you can be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others when you are having thoughts of suicide.
  • Who are your 3? Is it your sister? Your therapist? Maybe even a neighbor down the street? Download MY3 to make sure that your 3 are there to help you when you need them most.
  • MY3 is available in the Apple App Store, free of charge.

Mental Health America

BIPOC Mental Health BIPOC mental health statistics information about healthcare disparities and policy issues. Includes a BIPOC Mental Health Infographic and 2020 BIPOC Mental Health Toolkit.

Racial Trauma Includes information on distinct types of racial trauma or race-based traumatic stress (RBTS), multi-cultural mental health treatment resources for RBTS, and information and resources for preventing RBTS and helping communities heal from RBTS.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Finding Mental Health Care That Fits Your Cultural Background Tips on researching providers, what questions to ask and other things individuals can do to help ensure that their mental health care fits their cultural background.

Identity and Cultural Dimensions discusses the importance of cultural competence, disparities in accessing care, promoting a culture of equity and inclusion, providing culturally and linguistically appropriate care, and advocating for change. Includes links to information about:

Using Your Preferred First Name 

The Colorado Community College System (CCCS) recognizes that many of its students may go by a name other than their legal name. CCCS acknowledges that a preferred first name should be used whenever possible in the course of system business and education.  

A preferred first name can be used for the following records:

  • Banner Self Service Pages (Students, Faculty, and Staff)
  • Email addresses (Students, Faculty, and Staff)
  • Additional college communications to the student that don’t require their legal name

How to provide or change a preferred first name:

  • Students have the opportunity to provide a preferred first name when they apply.
  • Preferred first names can be added or changed for students by completing the Change of Information Request.