Stress Less!

College students consistently indicate that stress is the #1 impediment to academic performance. 

Many UMass Dartmouth departments offer programming and services to help students manage, and reduce, their stress.

We've collected information about these on-campus programs and services, along with some helpful online resources, and posted them here.

We will update this webpage frequently. If you know of a program, service, or website that should be added to this webpage, please let us know!


Stress Management Programs: Spring 2019

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Chair Massage



Mindfulness, Meditation, Mind-Body Medicine & Related Topics

StressLess Afternoons

Game Nights

Academic Help and Support

Counseling Center Support Groups

New Bedford Wellness Initiative Wellness Classes

Chair Massage

de-stress Days @ FDUH

Frederick Douglass Unity House

All dates 10 am-1 pm

  • Mon., February 25th
  • Mon., March 25th
  • Mon., April 29th

Sign up in advance at the Unity House to reserve your space.


Open to students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Donna Moore




Mondays: 12-1 pm
Tuesdays: 3:30-4:30 pm
Wednesdays: 12-1 pm
Thursdays: 3:30-4:30 pm
Fridays: 12-1 pm

Fitness Center


Open to students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

The Fitness Center offeres a variety of fitness classes, which are open and free to the university community.
Check their webpage for the most up-to-date schedule.

Fitness Center



Physical activity reduces stress.

The Fitness Center offeres a variety of fitness classes, which are open and free to the university community.
Check their webpage for the most up-to-date schedule.

Intramural Sports offers students a comprehensive individual and team intramural program. Intramurals are structured recreational and competitive sports and activities for individuals in the Umass Dartmouth community. Competitions and activities are held in league, tournament, meet, and race format. Previous athletic experience is not a prerequisite for intramural participation. The Intramural program is staffed by an Intramural Sports Coordinator, and student workers who serve in the capacity of game officials, game supervisors, and scorekeepers.
Learn more about the Intramural Program here.

Registration on IMLeagues is required. To register, visit and create an account

Visit UMass Dartmouth's page on IMLeagues.

Fitness Center

Junior Medina

Mindfulness, Meditation, Mind-Body Medicine & Related Topics


The Center for Indic Studies frequently hosts seminars and workshops on mindfulness, meditation, mind-body medicine and related subjects.

Center for Indic Studies

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is the practice of paying attention to the present moment with an attitude of nonjudgment and acceptance.

No previous experience with mindfulness or meditation is needed. Meditation guidance is provided.

Drop-ins are welcome at any point in the semester. This group provides and opportunity to practice mindfulness together, discuss the practice, and build community with each other.


Open to the entire campus community.

Every Wednesday
January 23-May 8
12:15-1:00 pm

MacLean Campus Center, Reflection Room (Room 223)

Aminda O'Hare

StressLess Afternoons


Get a mini-massage. Pet a therapy dog. Practice meditation. Play! Coloring, Crafts, & Games. Join us for an afternoon break to relax and unwind.

All dates,
Guided meditation practice on Wed. Feb 13 and Tues. March 5 from 4-4:30 PM. No experience necessary!

  • Wed., February 13, 1:30-5:30 PM
    Claire T. Carney Library Living Room

  • Tues., March 5, 1:30-5:30 PM
    Claire T. Carney Library Living Room

  • Wed., April 24, 10 AM-2 PM
    Claire T. Carney  Library Living Room

Beth-Anne Guthrie

Kari Mofford

Game Nights


Game Nights @ the Library

Take a study break and unwind with some old-fashioned games, cards, Legos, etc.

Every Thursday
7-10 PM
Claire T. Carney Library Living Room

At any other time, these board games may also be checked out for the day using your UMass Pass from the Circulation Desk.

The Library is also accepting donations for Game Night.
Donation collection will be at the Library Circulation desk. If you have any questions, please contact Kari Mofford,

Kari Mofford


Academic Help & Support

Many departments offer academic support to students. Visit the Academic Resource Center website for more information on academic support services.

Multiliteracy and Communication Center (MCC)
LARTS 219-221
Schedule an appointment online or by visiting the MCC (LARTS 219).

Offers one-on-one consultations for:

  • Written essays in all disciplines (including brainstorming, thesis/argument development, organization, clarity, and understanding citations)

  • Multimedia/Multimodal projects and presentations

  • Public speaking

  • Research/Reading strategies

  • Listening skills

  • Document and web writing/design

  • Professional preparation (including resumes and statements of purpose)

Questions? Contact:
Elisabeth Buck

STEM Learning Lab
SENG 217
Schedule an appointment online, by calling 508-999-8717, or by visiting the STEM Learning Lab.

Services and resources of the STEM Learning Lab include:

  • Tutoring in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, and Mathematics subjects

  • Individualized (one-on-one) tutoring, group study spaces, tutoring and activities, and online tutoring for Math courses

  • Supplemental instruction in collaborations with the colleges

  • Access to reference material (books, notes, online, etc)

  • Access to computers for related courses and programs

  • Access to workshops for resumes, time management, use of graphing calculators, and study habits
Questions? Contact:
John Fernandes

Writing and Reading Center
Schedule an appointment online, by calling 508-999-8710, or by visiting the Writing and Reading Center.

Services and resources of the Writing and Reading Center include:
  • Individual tutoring sessions by appointment/drop-in to support study techniques, reading strategies, language and vocabulary development, critical thinking and writing strategies

  • Course-related and general group study sessions for deep reading, writing, study, and content comprehension strategies

  • Writing Studio: Computer space providing uninterrupted writing time with intermittent tutor support as needed for TRiO grant clients

  • Weekly peer coaching for extended paper-writing and sustained skill development

  • Conversation groups and partners to enhance oral English language proficiency for multilingual/dual language learners

  • Peer mentoring and cultural programs to enhance student engagement and success will be supported by tutors
Questions? Contact:
Writing and Reading Center
Amy Parelman


Counseling Center Support Groups

The Counseling Center offers the support groups listed below. All Groups are free to full-time students.
Space is limited, so call or stop by the Counseling Center today!


Interpersonal Group (the "IT Group")
Mondays (beginning February 4)
3:30-5 pm

Learn to be a more authentic and connected with people. Mondays 3:30-5.  Weekly sessions from 2/4 to the end of semester. 

Graduate Student/Older Student Psychotherapy Group
Wednesdays (beginning February 6)
8:45-9:55 am

An interactional psychotherapy group for any students in graduate school and any other students who are 24 years old or older.  In previous semesters participants have discussed topics such as relationships, issues of childhood, thoughts, feelings, interpersonal problems, school issues, memories and anxiety.  Confidentiality among group members is a requirement. 

For information please contact the Counseling Center at 508-999-8648 or 508-999-8650 and ask for Dr. Cate Perry or Dr. David Perry.

Questions? Want to sign up for a group? Contact:
Counseling Center


New Bedford Wellness Initiative Wellness Walks & Classes

The New Bedford Wellness Initiative offers free Wellness Walks every Saturday. Locations vary. Visit their webpage for updates.

Additionally, wellness classes are offered every Sunday from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the New Bedford Boys and Girls Club.

Walks and classes are free to everyone.

No need to sign up, just drop-in!

For more information: New Bedford Wellness Initiative