GradWell seeks to improve graduate student wellbeing and foster academic success at the Hood College Graduate School by providing education, facilitating access to health resources and fostering students' community connections. 


Whether you are a new or returning Hood student, the counseling services staff are SO glad you’re here!

We know you will find Hood to be a challenging, welcoming and diverse environment that offers innumerable opportunities for personal and academic growth. It is our mission to serve as an essential resource to all students to help you maximize benefit from both your academic experiences and out-of-class learning opportunities by providing short-term, solution-focused mental health services.

Learn more about all the on and off campus mental health services available to Hood graduate students on the GradWell Mental Health Services page.

Although we are fortunate to be part of a welcoming, resource-rich campus like Hood, we know that some students struggle with food and resource insecurity from time to time. This is a campus initiative designed to support such students—both graduate and undergraduate.  The Campus Cupboard aims to provide modest food staples and hygiene items to students with temporary or long-term need via an anonymous system.

If you are currently experiencing food insecurity, fill out our interest form or email our secure mailbox at

Please note pantry support is based on availability and a first come, first served basis.

In addition to the Campus Cupboard, the SHARE Food Network provides wholesome, nutritious foods to families and individuals at a reduced cost, promotes volunteer service, and builds partnerships with local community organizations. Every month, a new SHARE menu will be available. Everyone is welcome to purchase—no application, qualification, identification, or documentation required. A sample menu is 5lb. of chicken drumsticks, 1 lb. ground chicken and 1lb. boneless pork chops, plus 8-10 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables for $23. EBT accepted.

This quiet, private, locked room in the J. Henry Apple Resource Building that accommodates one person at a time. The space provides a chair and a table. Individuals should bring personal equipment, including membranes, clean tubing, breast shields, and collection bottles. There is a kitchen across the hall with a microwave for steam cleaning equipment. For use by the Hood community only on a first come, first served basis. For more information and to request access, contact Amanda Dymek at or 301-696-3439.

Directions: Enter the Apple Building from the entrance facing Tatem Arts Building. Descend a half flight of stairs and turn left at the stairway. Lactation room will be down the hall on the left. The kitchen is directly across the hall.

Hood College's Assisting Students in Distress Flow Chart

Call 9-1-1 For emergency response

Call 211 to be connected to a community resource specialist who can put you in touch with local organizations that provide critical services that can improve—and save—lives.  

National crisis hotlines and online services: Put these numbers in your phone contact to use to help a friend in crisis!

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
  • The Trevor Project (LGBTQ Suicide Hotline): 1-866-488-7386
  • Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
  • Crisis Text Line for Students of Color: Text STEVE to 741741