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Dr. Jonathan Ritz

Director of Student Wellness 
Academic Specialist
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures

Meet Dr. Jonathan Ritz

Jon is a licensed counselor and serves as the College of Arts & Letters’ Director of Student Wellness. He is also a faculty member in the Professional and Public Writing program in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures.

As Director of Student Wellness, Jon works with the College’s Undergraduate Studies team to support the mental health and wellbeing of Arts & Letters students.

This includes:

  • Providing brief consultation for Arts & Letters students.
  • Organizing mental health/wellness outreach programming targeted to Arts & Letters students.
  • Working with CAL faculty and staff to help support student wellness.
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Consultation with Dr. Ritz

CAL students are welcome to email Jon to set up a consultation. He has on-call hours every weekday and can usually meet with students the same or next day. These sessions are especially helpful for students with questions about getting connected to CAPS and other campus resources, counseling in general, or other issues and concerns related to mental health and wellness. Jon’s email is

Schedule a CAPS Counseling Appointment

Counseling appointments are for students who are looking for sustained mental health support, either through individual counseling or group counseling.

Use the form below to schedule a CAPS counseling appointment.

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In Crisis / Emergency

Students in need of immediate crisis services can:

  • Call CAPS CRISIS Line at any time (24/7/365) 517-355-8270, prompt ‘1’ to talk with a crisis counselor.
  • Call 9-1-1.
  • Go to the closest emergency room if it is safe to do so. 

Emergency Financial Aid for Students

The College of Arts & Letters has set up an emergency fund for students due to acute financial hardships. 

  • Decisions about funding will depend on the individual situation of each student and will be funded by the College of Arts & Letters. Students must be a College of Arts & Letters primary major.
  • A College Committee will review applications twice per week and make decisions about your funding. You may receive a call from the College to seek clarification of your responses.
  • The Office of Financial Aid will be contacted for information about student’s existing aid package and to determine what type of award each student may receive.
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