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 Wellness Center

Erica M. Schweitzer, PsyD
Clinical Director

To meet with us now on Zoom click here: Wellness Center Waiting Room                    
Spring 2021 Student Groups            
All groups are held in the Malcolm X College Virtual Wellness Center.  Please come to Zoom Meeting ID# 761-912-5555 on the date and time of the group you are interested in.           

In US culture, most public integrated spaces are or become centered on the experiences and needs of those who identify as White, regardless of the intention.  At MXC we are working to actively support and honor safe spaces for our Black Students and Students of Color. 


The Safe Space Groups center the group experiences on the needs and​ wants of Black Students and Students of Color.  To do so free of systemic oppression and implied focus on White standards and persons, it is important to offer exclusive Black-led/attended and Person of Color-led/attended Spaces.  We kindly re-direct interested White persons to our Anti-Racism Accountability Group.          


Black Student Safe Space             

Facilitated by Black Clinicians, this group is exclusively for Black students to be supported while discussing the complexity of the Black experience.  Students will be supported in their discussion and processing the complexity of all facets that create their racial and cultural identities and experiences, including racism, police brutality, oppression, expectations, portrayals, and representations in media (both good and bad), self-care, liberation, spirituality, self-expression, and celebration. All Space participants are welcome and encouraged to be present in a manner that is authentic for them in the moment.                 

Led by: Procia Seals, LCSW        

  • April 13, 2021
  • February 9, 2021
  • March 9, 2021
  • May 11, 2021  

Student of Color Safe Space               

Facilitated by Clinicians of Color, this group is inclusive of all students who identify as a Person of Color. Students will be supported in their discussion and processing the complexity of all facets that create their racial and cultural identities and experiences, including: racism, oppression, expectations, portrayals and representations in media (both good and bad), self-care, liberation, self-expression and celebration. All Space participants are welcome and encouraged to be present in a manner that is authentic for them in the moment.               

Led by: Jenniffel Ramirez, LCPC       

  • January 21, 2021
  • February 18, 2021
  • March 18, 2021
  • April 15, 2021​  

Anti-Racist Accountability Group             

White Students who are interested in doing work on furthering allyship and dismantling systemic oppression are welcome to join the Anti-Racist Accountability Group.​  This Group will be held on a bi-weekly schedule for those that identify as White and want to learn how to develop anti-racist skills and hold themselves accountable in their ally development.  This will include exploring how active and "invisible" white privilege is in life, Anti-Racist actions to engage in, and helping to hold each other accountable for maintaining active Anti-Racist behaviors and mindsets as Allies.  Self-care and support in developing a healthy personal identity also included.         

Led by: Erica M. Schweitzer,  PsyD and Kathryn Chapman, LCPC        

And: Emily Hallendy, PsyD       

  • January 28, 2021
  • February 25, 2021
  • March 25, 2021​
  • April 22, 2021 

Fresh Market Distribution - We will be hosting a college-wide food distribution day once a month.  This is not a walk-in event and pick-up will be a curbside pickup.  You will be required to signup for the 2-3 bags of pre-packaged food.  Contact the Wellness Center for further details.  
  • January 26, 2021
  • February 16, 2021
  • March 16, 2021
  • April 20, 2021​       

​SNAP/LINK signup and assistance
Zoom Link:           
Time: 10AM - 3PM
  • February 2, 2021
  • March 2, 2021
  • April 6, 2021
  • May 4, 2021
    SNAP/Link * Insurance Sign-up * Child Care Aide * Legal Aide*    Zoom Link:        
    Time: 10AM - 3PM   
    • January 27, 2021
    • February 10, 2021
    • February 24, 2021
    • March 10, 2021
    • March 24, 2021
    • April 14, 2021
    • April 28, 2021
    • May 12, 2021
    Resources you can access NOW              
    Food Resources               

    Financial Assistance    

    Shelter Resources    

    • ​If you need shelter:  Call 3-1-1 or go to your local Emergency Room or police station.  They will transport you to the nearest available shelter.            
    • For a listing of all homeless or housing insecure services and agencies responding during CoVid - 19 go to: Citywide Homeless Resources​
    • If you are experiencing domestic violence and need a safe place to stay, call or text : 877-863-6338​ and they will secure you immediate shelter 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Medical Resources   

    Immigrant and Refugee Support

    On-line support   

    • Black-led and Trans-led LGBTQ Center:  Online Counseling Services and Food Pantry​
    • Chicago Department of Public Health Mental Health Centers free Teletherapy: call  312-747-1020.  For after hours support, contact Crisis Text Line which serves anyone, in any type of crisis, 24-hours a day.  Text HOME to: 741741 to access a trained crisis counselor.​

    CoVid-19 Information               

    National Crisis Hotlines               

    • ​Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-272-8255 (24 Hours)
    • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 (24 Hours)
    • SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746 (24 Hours)
    • Self-Harm Hotline: 1-800-366-8288 
    • Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
    • LGBTQ Trevor Project Lifeline: 866-488-7386, or text START to 678678 (24 Hours) 
    • Veteran Crisis Line: 800-273-8255 ext. 1 (24 Hours)
    • Domestic Violence Support: 1-815-729-1228 (24 Hours) ​




    Faculty & Staff

    Erica M. Schweitzer, PsyD      Clinical Director and MXC Title IX Confidential Advisor
    Mercedes Kaltenecker             Coordinator, Wellness Center​​
    Jennifel Ramirez, LCPC           Clinical Counselor  
    Porcia Seals, LCSW                 Clinical Counselor ​       
    Emily Hallendy, PsyD               Staff Psychologist 

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    Chicago , IL 60612-3145
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    Friday 9 am - 1 pm

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