Balancing life and school can be difficult. The Office of Student Support was created to help you navigate a wide variety of life’s challenges. We help students create plans to confront difficulties while providing support and resources to keep you safe and successful.
The CARE team is a function of the Office of Student Support and was established to support students, faculty, and staff experiencing difficulties. If you’re facing challenges or know someone who is, we encourage you to submit at CARE report to connect with our friendly and compassionate team. Together we can help you get through difficult times and get back on track.
The mission of the MUIH CARE Team is to promote safety and well-being through a collaborative, coordinated, proactive, and multidisciplinary approach. The CARE Team identifies students, faculty, or staff whose behavioral patterns have raised concern about their well-being; centralizes communication to gain a more complete understanding of the person and situation; and develops a collaborative outreach plan with campus and community resources to address and mitigate identified risks.
Membership is based on the position, not the individual. The Team may also consult with other professionals as needed such as a faculty member who has a concern about a student and/or a manager who has information concerning an employee.
As needed based on the situation: Faculty representative, Academic Advisor, Title IX Coordinator, Chief Diversity Officer, Disability Services and Accessibility, Howard County Police.
With more than 20 years of leadership experience within student affairs, Michelle Coleman has dedicated her professional career to developing the whole student and enhancing the student experience through purposeful growth-oriented dialogue, student-centric collaboration, and servant leadership.
As the Dean of Students and Director of Student Affairs at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), Michelle has led a significant expansion and enhancement of student support services. Her greatest professional joy comes from providing direct student outreach, support, and advocacy, and she is dedicated to creating a safe space for all students, including students of color, LGBTQ+, students with disabilities, and military-affiliated students. Prior to her current role, Michelle served as the Director of Student Support and Advocacy at MUIH, the Associate Director of Community Engagement at George Mason University, Assistant Director of Residence Life and adjunct faculty at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and Resident Director at the University of Washington Seattle.
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As the Associate Director of Human Enrichment at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), Kim handles recruitment, onboarding, employee relations, benefits and wellness for staff and ranked faculty.
In 2016, she created and is chair of MUIH’s Wellness Committee. Additionally, she is a Teaching Assistant in the Health Promotion program and a Certified Health and Education Specialist (CHES). Outside of MUIH, her passion continues in health and wellness teaching group fitness classes through various organizations.
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.
Schedule a phone or video conference appointment with the Director for Student Success and Accessibility.