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SHARE Communities

SHARE Communities are weekly student-led support groups where peers with similar experiences can connect around shared challenges and goals, practice healthy communication skills, and exchange validation and wellness strategies using the wisdom of their collective experiences.

All SHARE Community topics are chosen by their co-facilitators based on their own interests, identities, and/or mental health concerns. Peers are encouraged to attend every week (or as often as possible) to get the most benefit from the community experience.

Students are welcome to submit interest forms and attend open SHARE Community meetings any time after the official start dates. Submitting a form is not a commitment!

DISCLAIMER


Please note that all SHARE Communities are student-facilitated and non-clinical, and are therefore not a replacement for therapy. Conversations with SHARE Support Specialists are private except in specific circumstances. If participants ever need outside professional assistance, SHARE peers will make every effort to help them connect to resources and empower them with information and options.

Fall 2022 SHARE Communities

All Work, No Play: Self-Supporting Longhorns

  • Tuesdays, 10/11 – 12/8
  • 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Jester (JES) A205A
  • Kym Dreyer & Alison Fernandez

It can be tough to feel like you’re getting the true “college experience” when you’re stuck working long hours every week! Join our community of financially independent and/or self-supporting Longhorns to find mutual support and validation around the stresses of being a full-time student with a job (full or part-time). We’ll help each other explore ways to manage our finances and time while centering well-being and building friendships!

Interest Form

Black Women Being & Belonging

  • Mondays, 9/12 – 12/5
  • 7 to 8 p.m.
  • W.C. Powers Student Activity Center (WCP) 2.112, Gender & Sexuality Center
  • Shai Davis & Tavia Wilson

It can be hard to let loose and simply BE at a place like UT, especially as a Black woman. Come relax, reconnect with your authentic self, and form genuine friendships each week in a peer-led, discussion-based community where we embrace imperfection, non-linear healing, individuality, and mutual growth. Come be YOU with us! All are welcome to our space who can relate to the topic.

Interest Form

Body (Re)Image

  • Mondays, 9/12 – 12/5
  • 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Jester Hall (JES) A309
  • Chandni Bhagtaney & Brinda Kharel

In today's image-obsessed world, having a body can be pretty complicated. Join our peer-led, non-clinical community to connect, share our wisdom, and explore our feelings and struggles around body image, fatphobia, skinny shaming, exercise, social media beauty culture, and more! ALL genders are welcome.

Interest Form

Burnt Orange & Burnt Out: Rediscovering Motivation

  • Wednesdays, 9/13 – 12/7
  • 5 to 6 p.m.
  • Longhorn Wellness Center, SSB 1.106
  • Lindley Ferguson & Sophia Ortley-Guthrie

The struggle is real, and burnout during college is no joke! If you’re feeling discouraged and lacking motivation due to long periods of stress, you’re not alone. In this peer-led community, we’ll make space to vent our frustrations and work to rediscover the values and sense of purpose that led us here, as well as exchange mutual support and strategies to improve well-being and motivate us to achieve our goals.

Interest Form

Career Anxiety, Competition & Self-Worth

  • Tuesdays, 9/13 – 12/6
  • 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Texas Career Engagement office, FAC 2.134
  • Julianna Harrington & Caroline Thomas

If you’ve been frustrated with the culture of competition, comparison, and overwork in college and/or struggling to feel hopeful about your career post-graduation, we’ve got the community for you! In this discussion-based, peer-led group, we will help each other talk through our individual and shared fears, figure out how to move past them, and boost each other's confidence & self-worth - hopefully finding relief and renewed sense of purpose along the way.

Interest Form

Connecting to Culture through SHAREd Practice

  • Mondays, 9/12 – 12/5
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Seay Building (SEA) 4.244
  • Maumita Sadhukhan & Donya Yazdi

Discover a community of South Asian & Middle Eastern peers that combines reflective discussions around culture and belonging with light yoga and other practices. Through sharing our experiences and support each week, we hope to reconnect and take pride in our own cultures while building genuine friendships and mutual appreciation.

Interest Form

Graduate Student SHARE Community

  • Mondays, 10/10 - 12/5
  • 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Longhorn Wellness Center, SSB 1.106
  • Nick Washuta & Carly Hatchell

Graduate school can be a challenging and stressful time. Join our peer-led support group to find community, identify and get validation around your emotions and needs, and exchange strategies to support each other as we navigate the competing pressures and roles of graduate student life.

Interest Form

Hype Squad: Building Confidence Together

  • Thursdays, 9/15 – 12/8
  • 5 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Burdine (BUR) 556
  • Khanh Lai & Julia Mahavier

Sure, confidence and self-love sound great, but they can be difficult to work on by ourselves – especially during times of stress or change. If you need a boost, join our peer-led support community where we’ll form genuine friendships, make space to safely express and challenge our negative self-talk, and affirm each other’s unique strengths!

Interest Form

Navigating College with ADHD

  • Mondays, 9/12 – 12/5
  • 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Belmont Hall (BEL) 222G, Center for Students in Recovery conference room
  • Elyse Hopfe & Miriam Pereira Martinez

Join us for a peer-led community where we’ll harness our ADHD powers together in a non-clinical, judgment-free space. Each week we’ll exchange tools and strategies, share stories and validation, destigmatize common ADHD experiences, and develop friendships along the way. NO formal diagnosis required!

Interest Form

No Expectations: Recovering Approval-Seekers

  • Tuesdays, 9/13 – 12/6
  • 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Jester Hall (JES) A309
  • Chandni Bhagtaney & Brinda Kharel

Society has taught us to constantly seek validation from external sources such as academics, social media, relationships, etc. Join us as we mutually explore ways to redirect our way of thinking and work towards building our self-esteem so our approval comes from within!

Interest Form

Our Own Work of Art (LGBTQIA+)

  • Thursdays, 9/15 – 12/7
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Gender and Sexuality Center, W. C. Powers Student Activities Center (WCP) 2.112
  • Maze Criss & Nimisha Jain

Creative expression can help us define and embrace our authentic selves. Come connect in an art-based peer support community for LGBTQIA+ individuals where we'll process our emotions and identities through discussion and creative activities. No artistic experience or talent needed!

Interest Form

Processing New Diagnoses: Conversation & Crafting

  • Tuesdays, 9/13 – 12/6
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Longhorn Wellness Center, Student Services Building (SSB) 1.106
  • Isabel Webb Carey & Sophia Ortley-Guthrie

Many of us experience our first mental health challenges or diagnoses in college, and it can bring up a lot of conflicting thoughts and feelings! Join us for low-key crafts in a relaxed, non-clinical setting to connect, process, and remind each other that we’re not alone. Discussion topics may include how to have conversations about our diagnoses with friends and family, navigating obstacles or barriers, nurturing self-acceptance, and more! No formal diagnosis necessary.

Interest Form

Small Fish, Big Pond

  • Thursdays, 9/15 – 12/8
  • 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Dealey Center for New Media (DMC) 2.508
  • Eugene Sobrevilla & Ana Guevara

Are you a first gen, transfer, or international student, new to big city life, or simply feeling out of place at UT? We're all in the same boat in this weekly peer-led, discussion-based, judgment-free community! Join us for open discussion and mutual support around experiences like homesickness, impostor syndrome, academic stress, cultural adjustment, family pressure, and more!

Interest Form

STEM Peers Seeking Balance

  • Wednesdays, 9/14 – 12/7
  • 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • CBA 3.204, McCombs Wellness Center
  • Leo Kern & Kaya Stiffel

Touching grass AND passing class isn't easy for STEM majors! Join us to make genuine friendships, practice wellness strategies, and share mutual support with peers who understand the grind and want to create more space for well-being and personal fulfillment during college.

Interest Form

Experiences in Self-Expression

  • Mondays, 9/12 – 12/5
  • 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Patton Hall (RLP) 0.108
  • Shihe Chen & Kayla Wong

Whether you're introverted or extroverted, shy or outgoing, we've all struggled with conveying the thoughts in our heads to other people at school, home, and professional settings. Join us to discuss these shared experiences. We hope to create a space where you CAN feel heard and understood while learning how from one another how to process and communicate your thoughts/feelings.

Interest Form

First-Born Daughters Under Pressure

  • Tuesdays, 9/13 – 12/6
  • 7 to 8 p.m.
  • Burdine (BUR) 556
  • Sunny Koganti & Miriam Pereira Martinez

As the first-born daughters of immigrant and first-generation parents, we often live under the weight of our families’ hopes, expectations, and pressure to succeed – which can lead to impostor syndrome, self-worth issues, and anxieties around our identities or career paths. In this peer-led community, we hope to foster a calming, low-pressure space for our peers with similar backgrounds to rest, validate each other, and share wisdom around shared stressors while exploring our differences and strengths.

Interest Form

Women of Color in STEM

  • Wednesdays, 9/14 – 12/7
  • 4 to 5 p.m.
  • W.C. Powers Student Activities Center, Multicultural Engagement Center Conference Room
  • Ana Guevara & Naomi Norton

Join our peer-led, discussion-based community to experience validation and connection amongst fellow women of color in STEM. We practice mutual support around shared challenges, celebrate strengths, and build friendships that protect our mental health and well-being as we empower each other! Our space is open to all who identify with the topic.

Don’t see a SHARE Community topic that interests you or meets your needs?
Check out the list of clinician-led CMHC Groups, classes, and workshops offered this Fall on their website.

Want to lead your own SHARE Community?
Spring 2023 SHARE Support Specialist recruitment is open now! Apply online by October 28th. Application details and requirements can be found on the application form. Email us at longhornshareproject@utexas.edu with any questions, and follow @healthyhorns on social media for more updates.




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