U-M Counseling and Psychological Services

Pronouns... what's this? The Trials and Tribulations of Sharing Pronouns

Pronouns are words like they, she, he and ze, that stand in for nouns and are used to refer to people in the singular third person. Oftentimes pronouns are associated with gender which is incredibly problematic when the gender of a person is unknown. Because of this, people make assumptions about an individual’s gender based on their name, appearance or how they act. These assumptions can be incorrect, and despite correctness, making assumptions sends a dangerous and oppressive message… in order to be a certain gender people have to look, or act a particular way.

Older Adults or Adults Returning to University

With the ever-increasing demand on higher education in the job market. More adults than ever are coming back to attain a degree, whether that be a Bachelor’s, Master’s, etc. We define Adults Returning to University as anyone who is 25 years or older and returning to the university after taking some time off from school. With this identity, there are several strengths and challenges students may face, CAPS is here to help if you find yourself struggling.


On September 5, 2017, it was announced that the federal government plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which has caused concern for many across the country. This decision will have serious implications for many individuals, including our University of Michigan students, who are either directly or indirectly impacted by this policy. We in CAPS want to clearly say that DACA students are welcomed and valued members of our campus community, and we support them and their presence on this campus.

First Generation

First-gen students are typically defined as the first person in a family to attend a college or 4-year university (in the United States). First-gen students are diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, age, and socioeconomic status. In 2016, approximately 13% of students at University of Michigan were classified as first-gen. Find more information about UM First Generation Students HERE.

Graduate Students

Graduate School at University of Michigan can be unique and present many great rewards and challenges. Often, the adjustment is different than a student coming into undergrad.  Many of the graduate programs are rated towards the top in the country and draw some of the best and brightest.  In addition to individual counseling free for all enrolled graduate students, CAPS offers many groups for graduate students.   

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