Programs and Services
Student Support and Advocacy Informs, Consults, Develops and Supports
SSAC workshops and events raise awareness and promote healthy lifestyle choices through interactive and educational activities. Popular outreach events include the Health and Wellness Expo, Turn Off the Violence Week, Safe Spring Break Awareness Week, Love Your Body Campaign, Give Cancer the Boot (formerly Breastival and Testival), and Victims’ Rights Week. In addition, SSAC staff present in academic classes, at residence halls, and for student organizations, and use online education modules to educate students.
SSAC also informs students by creating and disseminating health-related educational resources. Materials range from Quit Kits to help with smoking cessation to online lists of local violence prevention offices to brochures on stress management.
SSAC staff is available to consult with any member of the Mason community about alcohol or drug issues, personal health matters, or inter-personal violence issues such as stalking, intimate partner violence or sexual assault. SSAC provides information on campus and local resources and works to connect students with the appropriate offices. Students with substance-related conduct infractions are often referred to SSAC for assessments.
SSAC offers students a variety of learning and leadership opportunities. SSAC trains graduate interns, peer health educators, peer advocates and office assistants to help facilitate educational programs, provide direct support to students, volunteer at SSAC events, and/or work in the office.
SSAC staff provides individual support, including short-term interventions with students who have alcohol or drug concerns. SSAC supports survivors of interpersonal violence by responding to crisis needs (including emergency housing assistance), aid with reporting, guiding students to psychological, medical, legal and judicial resources and advocating for students within the Mason community. This support is available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week during the academic year.
In addition to individual support, SSAC runs several groups, including one for sexual assault survivors and another for students seeking to reduce their substance use.