University Health Service

Listening Circles are new and free for U-M undergraduates and graduate students!           

In this time of COVID-19, many students feel isolated and yearn for deeper connections.

The goal of a listening circle is to create space for shared emotional connection about the impact of pressing issues, such as racism and the pandemic. We aim to support individuals and communities to explore these collective experiences together.  Listening circles provide a space for students to connect, share their experiences and look to the future.

Consider joining an upcoming Listening Circle on Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:15 PM on:

  • February 11, 2021: Well-being and Race
  • February 25: Loneliness and Connection
  • March 11: Overwhelm and Stressors of a Remote Year

During Listening Circles:

  • We’ll meet via Zoom, and you may or may not know others in the group. 
  • You’ll be asked guided and facilitated questions to explore topics.
  • You’ll have an opportunity to be listened to, and the responsibility to listen to others.

Sign up to attend
a Listening Circle

These Listening Circles will be facilitated by:

  • Joy Pehlke from Wolverine Wellness at University Health Service
  • Mallory Martin Ferguson from Rackham Graduate School

For more information, email Joy Pehlke at