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CAPS Programming


CAPS is here to support you every step of the way!  Our Spring Quarter programming focuses on building resilience, cultivating authentic connection with others, and moving towards collective healing.  

Workshops and gathering spaces are not therapy groups and they are not intended as a treatment for mental health concerns. If you are interested in therapy services, please click here to schedule a consultation with a CAPS counselor.

CAPS currently does not offer any workshops or gathering spaces for the Summer 2023 Quarter. Make sure to check back in the Fall for more information!


2023-2024 Programs

Coffee Talk: Connecting and Growing Across Cultures - Evanston Campus

Welcome to Coffee Talk Winter 2024!

All NU students and scholars from both campuses are welcome to attend!

This is a community support space tailored for international students, international scholars, those who have international experiences, and/or those who are interested in international students’ experiences.

Coffee Talk is a welcoming space where attendees can:
❖ Connect and interact with other international students on-campus over coffee, tea, snacks, and fun games.
❖ Share and exchange stories around study-aboard experiences.
❖ Support each other in navigating friendships, cross-cultural adjustment to academics and living in the US, overcome imposter syndrome, homesickness, relationships, career, stress and anxiety, and other relevant topics.
❖ Grow self-confidence and cultivate a sense of belonging on campus.
Celebrate the pride and resilience of international students.
❖ And take a break from studies!

CAPS and OISS will provide tea, coffee, and snacks for all in-person attendees.

Time: Every other Friday, 3:00-4:00PM

Dates: January 12th, January 26th, February 9th, February 23rd, and March 8th, 2024.

Location: Each meeting will be hybrid: In-person at OISS OR Zoom

Please scan the following QR code to register for Coffee Talk Meetings updates and reminders:


Location: In-person

Office of International Students & Scholar Services (OISS)

630 Dartmouth Place

Evanston, IL 60208

Location: Zoom
Access THIS link for recurring Winter 2024 Coffee Talk Zoom Meetings.  Please note that attendees need to connect from a private space to protect the confidentiality of this support space. Please try to stay for the full meeting if able to.

Facilitators: Manisha Rustagi, Ph.D., Liaison to International Students

For questions and inquiries please contact: Dr. Manisha Rustagi, email:

Coffee Talk: “Fika Time” for International Students - Chicago Campus

If you are an international student based on the Chicago campus, please join us for Coffee Talk “Fika Time” at 3pm every first Friday of the month, at Abbott Hall Room 332, TGS Conference Room.

Winter/Spring 2024 Dates: February 2, March 1, April 5, and May 3, 2024

Please visit Chicago CAPS website for more information.

Contact Dr. Angel Cheng for questions about the Chicago campus program.

Children of Immigrants Support Group

 Children of Immigrants Gathering Space (PDF)

This community support space is developed with the hope to provide a welcoming atmosphere for Northwestern students, who identify as children of immigrants (COI) to share their experiences and connect around mutual support. In their journeys growing up in the US and navigating their NU lives, children of immigrants navigate unique experiences developing their bicultural identities in their environment, and their experiences are often different from their parents and peers.

This support space is an opportunity for students to explore and process their bicultural identities, connect around shared challenges, celebrate resilience that comes with their experiences, and find a sense of belonging and community with their peers.

Relevant Themes for Discussion:
-Navigating Parent-Child Conflict
-Cultural dissonance/confusion
-Understanding and developing a healthy bicultural identity
-Strengths and resilience associated with navigating two cultures

Time: Every other Thursday, 3:30-4:30pm. First meeting for Spring Quarter: March 28th, 2024
Meeting dates: March 28th, April 11th, April 25th, May 9th, May 23rd
Location: Searle Hall, 633 Emerson St, Evanston: Room 3.234

To participate in the group and receive updates, please register here.

For any questions or inquiries about the program, please contact: Elizabeth Nellamattathil 

SANA SANA Gathering Place


Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) presents, SANA SANA, a monthly gathering space and series centering Latina/e/x/o-identifying students to make, feel, and just be with one another. SANA SANA is a healing phrase used when remedying pain or a wound that honors connection across geographies and generations. SANA SANA will include conversation, creative workshops, and space for rest, joy, and sustenance in relation and support with one another. In facilitating and co-creating this space with students, we hope to support community building, themes related to wellness, intersectional identities, and lived experiences. Food will be provided. Graduate and undergraduate students welcome.

Please RSVP by Jan 22nd so we can have an accurate headcount for food and the space: 

Meeting Location: Women’s Center-Community Room at 2000 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL 60201 

Meeting dates: We will meet the last Friday of every month from 11:30AM-1:00PM. Come join us on the following dates: 

  • January 27th  
  • February 24th 
  • March 31st 
  • April 28th  
  • May 26th  


For any questions about the program, please contact: Laura Sevilla at . Gracias! 


LGBTQIA+ Support Group


A supportive space designed for LGBTQIA+ students to discuss their experiences of being a queer student at Northwestern. Register using the QR code in the image above!

Dates and Times: Every Thursday from January 18th - March 7th from 2:00PM-3:00PM.

Location: Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) Room #5120 (GSRC Board Room)

Facilitated by Devon Migues and Brian Griffith.

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