• HEAL Project

The HEAL Project

What is HEAL? Healing-Centered Engagement through Access and Love

The HEAL Project connects CSUN at-promise students with resources they need to thrive in college and promote student success. The HEAL Project uses healing-centered engagement (HCE) and a holistic educational approach to provide access to support services for students who have been negatively impacted by systemic inequities.

We do not provide therapy, rather we create a relationship process that provides additional support to students who are experiencing challenges that hinder their full potential. Through this process, the HEAL Project team understands the importance of utilizing a cultural humility lens to meet students’ needs and ensure they have the necessary tools and support to thrive at CSUN.

Mission Statement

The HEAL Project assists diverse and underrepresented student communities by providing safe spaces to explore individual potential barriers while integrating healing-centered engagement to foster positive well-being and promote self-efficacy. We honor the intersectionalities and lived experiences of all students from different walks of life and strive to empower students to reach their academic, personal and professional aspirations.

Healing Centered Engagement Principles

Culture — The values and norms that connect us to a shared identity.
Agency — The individual and collective power to act, create and change personal conditions and external systems.
Relationships — The capacity to create, sustain and grow healthy connections with others.
Meaning — The profound discovery of who we are, why we are and what purpose we were born to serve.
Aspirations — The capacity to imagine, set and accomplish goals for personal and collective livelihood and advancement.

How Do I Get Connected?


  • Students can be referred by CSUN faculty or staff.
  • Students can be referred by a University Student Union (USU) Resource Center (DREAM Center, Pride Center, Veterans Resource Center) staff.

Student Support Request Form


Areas We Provide Support

  • Basic Needs: housing, food insecurity, safety and household essential items
  • Health: mental health, physical health, wellness and coping mechanisms
  • Academics: classroom expectations, student/professor relationships, enrollment barriers, semester/year deferment and academic probation
  • Financial: Financial Aid concerns, loss of job/income, struggling to take care of household members, unexpected emergency situations, etc.
  • Inter/Intra-Personal Barriers: intimate partner/violence/domestic violence, relationships, alcohol/substance abuse, identity development, etc.
  • ... and more! If your concerns are not listed above, please feel free to contact us.

What to Expect

First Meeting

  • Explore students’ success barriers and what kind of support the student is hoping to receive.
  • Develop an action plan with student to maximize success outcomes.
  • A follow-up schedule will be discussed with students to provide continued support.

Resource Connections

  • Connect students to a specific contact person for relevant resources based on their needs.
  • Ensure the resources we are connecting students to are inclusive and the student meets their eligibility requirements.


  • Follow-up with students to check in on how they’re doing and making sure they feel supported.
  • Depending on the students’ needs, schedule future follow-up meetings.
  • Inquire if there are any other types of support needed.

HEAL Project Resources

Food Insecurity Resources

Housing Insecurity Resources

Financial Aid Resources

Mental & Physical Health Resources

Crisis Helplines

  • University Counseling Services (UCS) urgent care assistance, call (818) 677-2366, Option 3.
  • For potentially life-threatening situations, call 911 or the Department of Police Services at (818) 677-2111.
  • Call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at (800)273-TALK (8255) (open 24 hours a day).
  • Military Veterans can call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at (800)273-TALK (8255), press 1.
  • Para asistencia en Espanol, llame a la línea directa de prevención del suicidio  al (800)273-TALK (8255), oprima el numero 2.
  • Call the LGBT Youth Suicide Hotline at (866)4-U-TREVOR.
  • Text the Crisis Text Line by texting "START" to 741-741 (Free, 24/7, confidential).
  • For rape or sexual assault services, call Strength United at (818)866-0453 (open 24 hours a day).
  • Call the Helpline of Southern California at (562)596-5548.
  • Call the Drug Helpline at (800) 559-9503.

Transfer Student Resources

Student Parent Resources