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LGBTQ+ Scholarships for College Students: Scholarships established for LGBT college students are available from several public and private organizations, as well as individual donors. Some welcome all LGBT applicants, while others may focus on specific subgroups. Check out our list of LGBT scholarships below for more details.

College and Graduate School Scholarships for Women of Color: Bauce curated list of scholarships that are targeted towards multicultural women of African and Latin descent who are enrolled as undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of academic disciplines. Unless otherwise stated, all minority scholarships are applicable to women from underserved ethnic groups, including African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Asians.

Pride Scholarship: Financing higher education can often be a challenge for LGBTQ+ youth, especially when families are not supportive. According to The 2013 National School Climate Survey conducted by the Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), LGBT students who experienced discrimination are more than three times more likely to have missed school than those who did not. Additionally, LGBT students who experienced LGBT-related victimization are more than twice as likely to report not pursuing post-secondary plans. But there’s ways that we can help.

45 Scholarships for LGBTQ+ Students: While many college campuses have made strides to better the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ+) students, they often face unique challenges in their personal lives and academia – funding shouldn’t be one of them. Scholarships aim to broaden opportunities and make the college transition a successful experience, but with millions of options out there, how do students find the right fit? To help simplify the hunt, Nitro has compiled an extensive list of LGBTQ+ scholarships created specifically for identifying LGBTQ+ and ally students.

Throughout Northeast Ohio, one in six people is food insecure – meaning they may not know where their next meal will come from. The Greater Cleveland Food Bank seeks to bridge the meal gap, connecting individuals with the nutritious meals they need to succeed.

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in Northeast Ohio having provided 45 million meals in 2014 to hungry people in Cuyahoga, Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, Ashland, and Richland counties. Our mission is to ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day.

Contact the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s Help Center

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank can help you apply for Food Stamps or other benefits you may be eligible for over the phone or you can drop in. Contact the Help Center at 216.738.2067 to speak with a benefits outreach counselor.

Ready to apply?

The Benefit Bank provides a free service to apply for public benefits. Apply for SNAP online now at the Ohio Benefit Bank website.

Check your eligibility online.

Use the Benefit Bank QuickCheck tool to check your eligibility.

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Black Lives Matter Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma (Nicole, C., 2016): Racial trauma exacts a psychological and physiological toll on people of color, and those involved in the Movement for Black Lives are especially vulnerable to hourly personal, emotional, and physical racist attacks. Guided meditation is one way to assist in calming a heightened state of distress, affirming one’s value and humanity, and re-centering with love for Black people. This is a 17-minute guided meditation using mindfulness, affirmation, and metta (loving-kindness).

Free Guided Meditations (The Center for Kory Mindfulness, 2017): The Koru Mindfulness® program was developed over the course of a decade by psychiatrists Holly Rogers, M.D., and Margaret Maytan, M.D., to bring the benefits of mindfulness to the college students they worked with at Duke University’s student counseling center. Stream their free guided meditations to help you with your meditation practice. These free guided meditations will help anyone who is looking for guided help in their meditation practice. To learn more about The Koru Mindfulness program click here.

Guided Imagery (The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, 2017): Guided imagery practices can help students relax; improve sleep; prepare for surgery; experience greater clarity, compassion, and gratitude; and feel more calm, confident, and comfortable. Ohio State Integrative Medicine offers the following free guided imagery recordings. Some specific meditations that align with the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion’s mission include:

  • Accessing Inner Intuition and Wisdom (Patrice Rancour, M.S., RN, PMHCNS-BC): This “mountain meditation” exercise can help you access your inner intuition and wisdom to guide you on the road to health and healing.
  • Autogenic Training (Kathi Kemper, M.D., MPH): Autogenic training is a simple practice of sitting or lying quietly while repeating a series of six phrases that elicit relaxation and ease. This guided practice is adapted from Autogenic Training by Dr. Kai Kermani. A 2002 meta-analysis of over 60 studies published on autogenic training concluded that this practice can offer significant benefits for people with headaches, including migraine headaches; mild-moderate hypertension; asthma; anxiety; depression; and insomnia.
  • Comfort in the Face of Pain and Loss (Patrice Rancour, M.S., RN, PMHCNS-BC): This practice helps us re-connect with a lost loved one, developing compassion, patience, comfort, and warmth.
  • Easing Pain (Patrice Rancour, M.S., RN, PMHCNS-BC): This meditation is adapted from Guided Meditations, Explorations, and Healings by Dr. Stephen Levine. It helps us notice our pain without judgment, breathing into it with curiosity, compassion, softness, and space. It can also be used as a mindfulness practice to change our relationship to pain and promote relaxation and ease.
  • Life Purpose (Patrice Rancour, M.S., RN, PMHCNS-BC): Welcome home to your wise, inner self. This recording will guide you through symbolic inner rooms to take you deeper and deeper into your own true nature and lead you to the gift to yourself of remembering and affirming your life purpose to help you align your daily activities and become more effective and engaged.
  • Safe Place (Kathi Kemper, M.D., MPH): Deeply imagining oneself in a safe, secure place helps create the same physiologic state as actually being in that space. Repeated practice can help promote restful sleep and balanced autonomic and immune function as well as mental clarity and calm, confidence.
  • Self-Awareness (Patrice Rancour, M.S., RN, PMHCNS-BC): This practice is adapted from The Power of Kindness: Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life by Piero Ferrucci. This practice can also be considered a mindfulness practice–mindfulness of sensations, thoughts, and emotions–helping us know ourselves as awareness and peace.
  • Skill Master (Patrice Rancour, M.S., RN, PMHCNS-BC): Would you like to master a special skill? Many athletes use guided imagery like this to help improve their skill and performance. Practicing this imagery can help you learn and practice a selected skill to help you gain confidence and mastery.

Heart-Centered Practices (The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, 2017): Heart-centered practices can evoke healing and positive emotions, which broaden and build compassion, forgiveness, gratitude and loving-kindness (extending goodwill for safety, health, peace, and happiness). Ohio State Integrative Medicine offers several free heart-centered recordings; some specific practices that align with the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion’s mission include:

  • Being Peace (Kathi Kemper, M.D., MPH): This is a useful practice for clinicians and caregivers to promote a sense of peace, drawing from nature, filling the self, and expanding outward.
  • Forgiveness: Lovingkindness for Those Who Are Difficult (Kathi Kemper, M.D., MPH): This guided experience helps build the ability to extend lovingkindness toward others toward whom we have negative feelings such as anger, hurt, fear, betrayal, or disgust. This is generally practiced after mastering the ability to sustain lovingkindness toward someone else who is easy to love and others who are neutral. This is an advanced practice.
  • Lovingkindness for Loved Ones (Kathi Kemper, M.D., MPH): This guided experience helps build the ability to extend lovingkindness toward loved ones, whether they be people, pets, plants, places, or experiences. This is generally the first practice before extending lovingkindness toward oneself, neutral people, or forgiveness toward those who have hurt us in some way.
  • Lovingkindness for Others (Kathi Kemper, M.D., MPH): This guided experience helps build the ability to extend lovingkindness toward others toward whom we feel neutral, such as acquaintances or people we just happen to see in our daily lives. This is generally practiced after mastering the ability to sustain lovingkindness toward someone else who is easy to love.
  • Lovingkindness for Self (Kathi Kemper, M.D., MPH): This guided experience helps build the ability to extend lovingkindness toward ourselves. This is generally practiced after mastering the ability to sustain lovingkindness toward someone else who is easy to love.

Unhelpful Thinking Habits (Vivyan, C., 2009): Over the years, we tend to get into unhelpful thinking habits such as those described below. We might favor some over others, and there might be some that seem far too familiar. Once you can identify your unhelpful thinking styles, you can start to notice them – they very often occur just before and during distressing situations. Once you can notice them, then that can help you to challenge or distance yourself from those thoughts, and see the situation in a different and more helpful way.

The Learning Commons is a collaborative learning center offering students free study tables, résumé help, wellness and study skills workshops, and a variety of other fun and interactive programs! The facility is located in the lower level of Grasselli Library & Breen Learning Center.

Click here for the 2020-2021 Calendar

Contact: Amy Wainwright at if you have any questions. 


The Writing Center will operate in an online-only format for Fall Semester 2020. Schedule will be as follows:

  • Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Students can do synchronous or asynchronous appointments. Click here for the JCU Writing Center’s webpage to get latest updates. 

To schedule an appointment, do one of the following:

John Carroll University does not currently offer student legal services. However, click here to access Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s extensive resource outlining where to go for legal advice in the Greater Cleveland area.

"The way that CSDI has impacted my experience on campus was by the office not only being an office that mentors students but one that helps students maneuver their way through college. The office provided resources and support for a student such as myself who was a first-generation student, a student who had no one in her family with knowledge of attending college. When I entered John Carroll ... I was unsure of what to do and struggled with classes and financial aid. Someone recommended that I go to the office to seek support with these issues. After that, I was able to do just that, plus meet new people who were students that shared the same experiences and background such as myself. Being in this office, I was able to grow and to expand my horizons on who I wanted to be and what I wanted to achieve in my four years at John Carroll. CSDI helped me open my eyes and showed me that I should be proud of who I am, that being a Latina woman, and a person who works hard and never gives up. Having the CSDI office on campus helped me get through my four years as a student at John Carroll University, and I would not have been able to without the office." (Wanda Rosario '17)
Student with CSDI Staff person at graduation event.
CSDI staff picture in the office in front of whiteboard.


Total number of visits to CSDI last fall 2018. Total number of unique visitors is 185, with each visiting us an average of three times.

Two students talking on campus.


Total number of visitors for Let's Talk last fall 2018.

students at program in csdi lounge.


Total number of visitors in the CSDI Lounge.

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John Carroll University is dedicated to building a campus community free from bias, discrimination, and hate. We understand our Jesuit mission as being fundamentally opposed to these things. We cannot at once be committed to “service for the common good” and also tolerate behaviors that are harmful or destructive to others.

Title IX requires all schools receiving federal financial assistance to take reasonable steps to create a safe, nondiscriminatory learning environment. If discrimination based on sex occurs, John Carroll University will take immediate action to end the discrimination, remedy its effects, and prevent its future recurrence.

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