Mind Matters


The goal of Mind Matters is to integrate inner well-being into the framework of University life as a means of supporting student success. 

President William A. Covino and First Lady, Dr. Debbie Covino, created the Mind Matters initiative to provide resources and programs to help students navigate the demands of academic excellence, family responsibilities, and jobs. The President and First Lady realize that without mental anPresident Covina and First Lady d physical well-being, there is no academic success.

The Mind Matters initiative comes at a time when college students nationwide are experiencing high levels of stress, including problems caused by sleep deprivation and anxiety about adjusting to university life.

President Covino and SHACTo help ensure student success, additional counselors have been hired for the Student Health Center, doubling the number of counselors available to assist students. Space is being renovated in the Health Center to accommodate the additional counseling, as well as workshops and activities that promote physical and mental well-being.

The number of peer health educators on the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) has also expanded to 50 students. These volunteers help educate students about health and wellness issues.



Therapy Dog Program

Remy the therapy dog

During the University Convocation, the First Lady introduced the audience to the newest member of the Cal State LA family: Remy. This puppy is being trained as a therapy dog. Therapy dogs provide comfort, companionship, and a soothing presence. 

Remy will be taking part in Mind Matters events and other University events once her special training is complete. Remy is one of several therapy dogs that Cal State L.A. plans to have available during high stress periods such as mid-terms and finals. Remy will be available for anyone who would like to stop by and sit with a lovable companion for a while. We look forward to having you meet her and our other Mind Matters therapy dogs very soon.

Clinton Foundation, Women’s Heart Alliance, Cal State L.A. Healthcare Initiative

mind mattersThe Clinton Health Matters Initiative and the Women’s Heart Alliance have joined forces with Cal State L.A. to create an initiative to reduce women’s cardiovascular disease and its precursors in young women.

On October 2-4, the two organizations and Cal State L.A. hosted a codeathon at the University-Student Union.

Students built original and innovative app prototypes that will aid in the fight against heart disease, which kills nearly 400,000 women in the United States annually. Students also received free heart disease screening and participated in exercise dancing, health booths and a panel discussion with President Covino and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy.

Mental Health First Aid Training

President Leadership team mental health training

In August, 26 members of the President’s Leadership Team (PLT), along with the First Lady, completed a two-day certification course in mental health first aid. The course included training in recognizing signs of student stress and offering caring and compassionate assistance. The course was led Dr. Jonna Fries and Dr. Monica Jazzabi from the Student Health Center. With this training, members of the PLT are more equipped to assist students who are experiencing stress.