Student Life

Key Support Resources for Students

This webpage provides Reed students with 24-hour access to information about resources on campus and in the Portland area. 

Students who would like further assistance identifying, sequencing, or connecting to relevant resources can contact the Reed Care Team by email at careteam@reed.edu or through the online care referral form. The Care Team seeks to proactively coordinate support and resources for students who may be experiencing personal or academic issues that interfere with their ability to be successful at the college. 

Resources are organized by the following categories:

The information provided in this resource guide is current for Spring 2019. 

Mental Health Resources

On-campus counseling at the Health & Counseling Center: The counseling staff at the Health & Counseling Center (HCC) includes psychologists, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, a case manager, and psychology and psychiatric nurse practitioner interns. Counseling appointments are available weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (closed from noon to 1 p.m.), with walk-in urgent appointments available every weekday at 3 p.m. Students can schedule a counseling appointment by calling 503/777-7281 or visiting the HCC, located at the northwest corner of campus. Counseling services at the HCC are free to all enrolled students.

Off-campus counseling: The case manager at the HCC, Gabe Baker, LCSW, assists students with referrals to off-campus counseling services and clinicians. Gabe can answer questions about health insurance, co-pays, and transportation to off-campus providers. Gabe has relationships with a wide range of culturally competent and responsive off-campus providers. Students can consult with Gabe by appointment (call 503/777-7281) or by email at bakerg@reed.edu. 

Off-campus mental health services are also summarized in the Reed Multicultural Off-Campus Resource Guide.

Wellness: Reed's Community Wellness program is organized by a team of students, staff, and faculty from across campus focused on providing support for students' holistic wellbeing. Community Wellness supports the Mental Health Peer Advocates and Multicultural Peer Health Advocates, who aim to create engaging, relevant and inclusive programming on reproductive health, mental health, the intersection of identities and health, and self-care.

Physical wellness: Reed's Athletics, Fitness & Outdoor Programs offers a wide range of physical education and fitness classes, outdoor programs, and gym facilities to support student wellness and self-care. The Sports Center hours of operation can be found online.

MInd Spa: Reed's Mind Spa is a dedicated space for relaxation, wellness, and self-care. Students can use the private Mind Spa room in the HCC to practice yoga, sit in a massage chair, or meditate. The Mind Spa is open by appointment during HCC hours of operation. 

Urgent mental health support 

Reed After-Hours Crisis Line: Students can talk with a cost-free and confidential licensed counselor by calling 866/432-1224. Available 24 hours a day.

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 to connect to a trained crisis counselor. Available 24 hours a day.

Multnomah County Mental Health CrisisMental health crisis support and access to Project Respond, a mobile crisis counselor program to help facilitate access to psychiatric inpatient hospital care. Call 503/988-4888 for consultation. Available 24 hours a day.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The Lifeline provides 24/7, cost-free, and confidential support for people in distress and prevention and crisis resources for students and their loved ones. Call 1-800-273-TALK or use the chat feature on their website. Available 24 hours a day.

The Trevor Project LGBTQ Suicide Hotline: A crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline for LBGTQ+ youth and young adults. Call 866/488-7386 (available 24 hours a day) or text START to 678678 (available 7 days a week from noon to 7 p.m. PST).

Lines for Life: Lines for Life is a regional nonprofit dedicated to preventing substance abuse and suicide. Call 800/273-8255 or text 273TALK to 8398631. Available 24 hours a day.

Portland-area mental health care

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare Urgent Walk-In ClinicMental health emergencies and crisis support, including emergency medication refills. Open seven days, from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., at 4212 SE Division Street, Suite 100, Portland. 

Cedar Hills Hospital: Short term inpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment; outpatient services include day treatment and intensive outpatient care. Call 503/844-5000 to set up an intake appointment or present in-person. Available 24 hours a day. 10300 SW Eastridge St, Portland. 

Crisis Assessment and Treatment Center (CATC)Mental health respite center for acute mental health crises for individuals who are on the Oregon Health Plan or who are uninsured. Stays can range from one to seven days on average; all stays are voluntary. Available 24 hours a day. Call direct at 503/232-1099, or call the Multnomah County Crisis Line at 503/988-4888 if the direct line is busy. 30 NE MLK Blvd, Portland. 

Adventist Emotional Wellness Center: Intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization program for acute mental health crisis. Open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 503/261-5953 to access. 10101 SE Main St, Portland.

Medical & Physical Wellness Resources

Medical Services: Reed's Health & Counseling Center provides primary medical care, including the diagnosis and treatment of acute illness, injury, and chronic conditions, women's health care and annual exams, and referrals to area specialists as needed. Currently enrolled students can access the HCC for primary care and consultation cost-free, regardless of health insurance. The HCC is open for medical appointments on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (closed from noon to 1 p.m.). Students can make a medical appointment by calling 503/777-7281 or through the Student Health Portal

Nurse Advice Careline: Students can call the Nurse Advice Careline at 800/607-5501 to consult about medical symptoms with a registered nurse at no cost. Available 24 hours a day.

Wellness: Reed's Community Wellness program is organized by a team of students, staff, and faculty from across campus focused on providing support for students' holistic wellbeing. Community Wellness supports the Mental Health Peer Advocates and Multicultural Peer Health Advocates, who aim to create engaging, relevant and inclusive programming on reproductive health, mental health, the intersection of identities and health, and self-care.

Physical wellness: Reed's Athletics, Fitness & Outdoor Programs offers a wide range of physical education and fitness classes, outdoor programs, and gym facilities to support student wellness and self-care. The Sports Center hours of operation can be found online.

MInd Spa: Reed's Mind Spa is a dedicated space for relaxation, wellness, and self-care. Students can use the private Mind Spa room in the HCC to practice yoga, sit in a massage chair, or meditate. The Mind Spa is open by appointment during HCC hours of operation. 

Urgent Portland area care clinics

ZoomCare: Same-day urgent care and primary and specialty care appointments, including medication refills. Locations near Reed in Sellwood, Woodstock and on Hawthorne. Schedule a same-day appointment online.

Providence Hospital Express Care: Urgent care medical services. Schedule a same-day office or virtual appointment online.

Legacy Go Health Urgent Care: Urgent same-day medical services. Make an appointment online or walk-in. Multiple locations in the Portland area.

Portland area hospitals

Information about local hospitals can be found on the HCC webpage.

Portland area primary care doctors

Dental care

Other community resources

Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Resources

Reed Sexual Assault Prevention & Response: Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (SAPR) advocates are highly trained Reed students who provide a wide range of confidential services for survivors of sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship abuse, and stalking. Advocates offer emotional support, information about options and campus processes, referral to medical care, counseling and other resources, and reporting assistance to the college and/or police. Students can contact a SAPR advocate directly by calling or texting the response line at 503/847-9772 or by emailing sapradvocates@reed.edu. Response time is within 24 hours. 

Call to Safety: Crisis support, follow-up advocacy, in-person medical advocacy, and support groups for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Call 503/235-5333 (available 24 hours a day) or text 503/235-5333 (available Monday–Fridays from 11am–3pm). 

Safety Resources

For on-campus emergencies, please call Community Safety at 503/788-6666. For off-campus emergencies, dial 911. 

Community Safety: Community Safety is open 24 hours a day, including weekends and days the college is closed. Community Safety Officers (CSOs) assist with on-campus safety and security issues, including emergency medical assistance. For on-campus emergencies, call 503/788-6666. For non-urgent situations, call the CSOs at 503/517-5355, text 503/849-8678, or walk-in to 28 West for assistance.

Reed Night Owls: Night Owls offer students support in staying safe during weekend evenings and special social events. Night Owls are an extra set of trained, benevolent eyes who travel Reed's campus at night, offering peers support, such as accompaniment to a residence hall, a snack or some water, friendly conversation, and, if needed, a phone call to Community Safety for additional support.

Reed Night BusThe Night Bus is a shuttle service provided by Reed to help students who live off campus get home safely late at night. The Night Bus picks up at Eliot Circle. Hours of operation and shuttle boundary information can be found here.

Housing & Food Resources

Residence Life: Residence life coordinates placement in on-campus housing, facilitates community-focused programming, and ensures a safe and welcoming environment in the residence halls and other college housing options for students. Students experiencing facility, roommate, or community concerns are encouraged to reach out to their Area Coordinator or House Advisers for assistance.

Limited on-campus housing is available during the winter and summer academic breaks. Visit break housing for more information and to apply.

Emergency housing: Students who find their on- or off-campus housing unsafe or uninhabitable can request use of a temporary on-campus emergency room. Two rooms are available for short-term use (no more than 72 hours). Students can request access to temporary housing by contacting Community Safety (after hours: 503/517-5355, 28 West) or Care Team Manager Britt Q. Hoover (business hours: careteam@reed.edu, 503/777-7521). Students can contact Residence Life (res-life@reed.edu) to arrange permanent on-campus housing, if needed. 

Off-Campus Housing: Information and strategies for finding safe and affordable off-campus housing in the Portland area can be found in the Reed Off-Campus Housing Guide. Students who need additional support navigating living off-campus can contact the Care Team at careteam@reed.edu

The Reed Community Pantry: The Reed Community Pantry (RCP) provides nonperishable food items, toiletries, hygiene products, clothing, books, and more at no cost to members of the Reed community. The RCP is open during the hours posted on their website or by arrangement by contacting seeds@reed.edu.

EBT Cards (Food Stamps or SNAP): Currently enrolled students who live off campus or live in a campus apartment and do not have a board plan may be eligible for food stamps. Visit their website for eligibility requirements and information on applying. 

211 Info: 211 is a community directory of Portland-area resources for emergency food, health care, legal services, counseling, housing, and shelter. Students who need assistance connecting to local resources can dial 211 or 503/222-5555 on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. 

Financial Support & Emergency Assistance

Financial Aid: Students can meet individually with a financial aid counselor to discuss the application process, eligibility requirements, and to request reconsideration of financial aid. Students can request a reconsideration of financial aid when there is significant change in a family's financial situation or to correct inaccurate application information.

Reed emergency loan: Reed offers emergency loans to serve students who are experiencing a short-term financial hardship. These emergency loans are typically limited to $500 or less and must be repaid by the end of the semester in which the loan is made. Students can request an emergency loan through the Business Office (Eliot 306, business-office@reed.edu). 

Reed emergency fund: The emergency fund is a limited resource available for students who have short-term or one-time needs that are deemed immediately vital to the personal health or the academic well-being of the student. These funds may become available only after one has exhausted all funding opportunities available through student financial aid and the Reed Emergency Loan Funds. Emergency financial assistance can be requested by contacting Kate Walford, Student Work Coordinator, 503/517-4847; walfordk@reed.edu.

Student WorkReed's Student Work Office seeks to support all aspects of student work, including assisting students in their search for work, providing students and student supervisors with support and resources, and partnering with colleagues across campus to support this critical aspect of student success. 

Financial Wellness ProgramThe Financial Wellness Program coordinates educational workshops and centralizes information about existing resources to support the financial wellbeing of students at Reed. 

Low-SES & First Generation Student Resource Guide: The low-SES/first gen student group, in collaboration with the Office for Inclusive Community, coordinates programs and initiatives, such as winter clothing drives, textbook exchanges, laundry scholarships, and public transit subsidies. 

211 Info: 211 is a community directory of Portland-area resources for emergency food, health care, legal services, counseling, housing, and shelter. Students who need assistance connecting to local resources can dial 211 or 503/222-5555 on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. 

Academic Support Resources

Academic Support Services: Reed's Academic Support Services offers workshops, individual coaching, and cost-free peer tutoring. Students can meet individually with academic support staff for assistance in navigating academic challenges or developing an individualized plan to build skills, improve study habits, and achieve academic success. Students can make an appointment with academic support staff directly through their online calendars.

Disability Support ServicesDisability Support Services (DSS) works on an individual basis with students with disabilities to determine appropriate accommodations, supports, and adjustments for students’ academic and housing issues and to facilitate equal access to college programs and activities. Students with demonstrated financial need can apply for funding to help obtain necessary documentation to support their pursuit of accommodations. DSS also offers academic coaching around time management, organization, and study skills. Students can make an appointment through the DSS online calendar

Student Life Office: Staff in the Student Life Office meet one-on-one with students to help them overcome challenges to academic and personal success, provide guidance on campus policies and processes, and review administrative options. The Student Life Office assists students experiencing hardships with setting up an emergency absence, communicating with faculty, and connecting to necessary support resources. Students can connect to staff in the Student Life Office by emailing careteam@reed.edu or visiting Eliot 218 during business hours. 

Identity Support & Community Resources

Multicultural Resource Center (MRC): The MRC coordinates and sponsors a wide variety of programs and events, such as guest authors and speakers, film screenings, lectures, artistic performances, and workshops. The MRC provides programming that enhances leadership skills, enriches the academic experience, explores social and cultural issues, and celebrates cultural traditions. MRC staff and student interns are available to meet with students individually to discuss personal, academic, and campus climate issues or concerns. MRC staff bios and office hours are posted in the GCC.

Peer Mentor Program (PMP)PMP supports first-year and transfer students with their college transition by pairing them with a peer mentor who provides guidance and support throughout the mentee's first year at Reed. Benefits of participating include joining a dynamic and diverse group of Reedies and attending exciting educational, cultural, and social events sponsored by PMP and other departments. Students who are interested in participating as a mentor or mentee can contact peermentor@reed.edu 

International Student Services: ISS collaborates with other campus departments to provide resources and programs that help international students acclimate to life in the U.S. and thrive at Reed. ISS organizes international student orientation and events, offers immigration advising, and connects international students to local host families. Assistant Dean Dana Lawson (dlawson@reed.edu, GCC 104) is available to meet with students individually to discuss personal, academic, and campus climate issues or concerns.

SEEDS Community Engagement: SEEDS (Students for Education, Equity, and Direct Service) builds mutually beneficial relationships within the Portland community to foster sustainable and positive change. SEEDS is committed to expanding the scope of the academic mission and supporting Reed students in developing tools for self-reflection and passion for lifelong engagement. Students can sign up for one-time volunteer opportunities, weekly commitments, and learn about off-campus Federal Workstudy positions.

Low-SES & First Generation Student Group: Low SES/First Gen Student Group coordinate social gatherings and support initiatives such as the winter clothing drives, textbook exchanges, laundry scholarships, and public transit subsidies. Resources supporting low-SES students is compiled in the Low-SES/First Gen Resource Guide.

Faith, religion, and spirituality: Information about Portland area faith, spiritual, and religious organizations are summarized in the Reed Multicultural Off-Campus Resource Guide. Faith-based student groups include Chabad at Reed and Oh for Christ's Sake. Students can connect to these and other student groups through the student organization database.

Additional Resource Guides for Students

Community and Campus Life Resources

Office for Student Engagement: The Office for Student Engagement helps students build meaningful connections to one another and the broader Reed community. The student engagement office supports student-run organizations and coordinates on- and off-campus entertainment and educational events. Visit Reed's events calendar to learn more about on-campus events. 

Gray FundThe Gray Fund was founded by Betty Gray in 1992 to enrich students’ lives outside of the classroom, bringing students, faculty, and staff together to enjoy musicians, performers, and artists on campus; explore the outdoors in and around Oregon; and engage other cultural, social, and recreational activities both on- and off-campus. All Gray Fund events are free for students. Students can enter trip lotteries online on the Spring 2019 Gray Fund Events page.

Fridays in Commons: Every Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. students can come to commons to enjoy free, fun, de-stressing activities like game night, bingo, trivia, and karaoke! Free dinner is provided! 

Residence hall programming: House Advisers (HAs) plan regular community and floor events for students living in the residence halls. Events include floor dinners, movie nights, weekend trips to the Reed ski cabin, and arts and craft nights. Students should contact their HA or Area Coordinator directly if they'd like to propose or help plan a floor event.

Honor CouncilThe Honor Council is a committee of students, faculty, and staff dedicated to fostering engagement with the Honor Principle in the Reed community. Students can consult with the Honor Council for advice on navigating conflicts with roommates, friends, or peers and to learn more about the mediation, Title IX, or other hearing board processes. Honor Council members are bound by the Honor Council Code, and have fluency in Judicial Board proceedings/code. Honor Council members hold regular office hours in GCC 048; hours are posted online. 

Fall / Winter / Spring / Summer Breaks

During times when classes are not in session, some college resources are available during different hours / days. Updated break information will be posted near the start of each break. Prior to the start of each break, students may access the previous term's break information for an idea of how resources may change, with the understanding that resource availability may fluctuate depending on the specific circumstances of the present term. 

Career Exploration and Preparation

The Center for Life Beyond Reed (CLBR): CLBR offers workshops and individual advising to help students identify opportunities, secure jobs or internships, prepare grant or fellowship applications (both Reed sponsored and nationally competitive), pursue graduate or professional school applications, network with alumni, and more. CLBR sponsors the Career Advancement Fund, providing students up to $500 to support professional development goals (e.g. travel to conferences, professional attire, standardized test prep fees).

Student Work: Reed's student work office supports all aspects of student work, including assisting students in their search for on-campus, work study, and off-campus employment. 

Contact 

If you have questions or suggestons about the resources listed in this guide, please contact the Reed Care Team Manager, Britt Q. Hoover (careteam@reed.edu, 503/777-7521, Eliot 218).