Are you experiencing distress or concerned about an MUIH student? We can help. Please visit Student Support and Advocacy/CARE team.


Please note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing Counseling and Wellness Services are available through telehealth to students located in Maryland and waivered states. If we are unable to provide services in the state where a student is currently located, we can provide referral information and/or consultation services to help locate local providers and services where a student is currently residing.


The mission at Counseling and Wellness Services, is to assist students in their personal and academic growth by supporting their emotional well-being in a safe, supportive, and affirming space.

Diversity Statement

Counseling and Wellness recognizes the diversity and beauty of the intersecting identities in our MUIH community. We are deeply committed to promoting the affirmation and inclusion of all, through the provision of culturally sensitive services and programs in a safe, supportive, healing environment. 

Counseling & Wellness Staff

Rae Makonnen

Director of Counseling + Wellness Services

Army veteran Raejon (Rae) Makonnen is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a foundation in the rehabilitation disciplines and more than 20 years of experience as a versatile leader, change agent, and compassionate clinician skilled in facilitating the wholistic therapeutic process for client centered recovery.

As the Director of Counseling and Wellness for MUIH, Rae is responsible for the provision of services in the form of assessments and screenings, short-term counseling, special interest groups/workshops, crisis intervention, and linkage to university departments, local, state, and federal agencies.


  • Doctor of Behavioral Health; Freed-Hardeman University-In Progress
  • Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling; University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Bachelor of Science in Sociology; University of Maryland Eastern Shore


  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor; Maryland -LC7426
  • Civil Rights Investigator (Certification)
  • Tele-behavioral Health (Certification)
  • Warrior Centric Health (Certified)
  • Serving Our Veterans Behavioral Health (Certificate)

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Phone: 443-906-5814
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For general inquiries, please contact us and we’ll respond within two business days.

Please note that we do not provide crisis services – in case of an emergency, please call 9-1-1. For resources available 24/7, please check our ULifeline site.

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