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The CEW+ Stories Project and the CEW+ podcast, Strength in the Midst of Change, is dedicated to sharing stories and celebrating our relationships with faculty, staff, and students at the University of Michigan and the rest of the CEW+ family. These stories represent the different ways in which CEW+ works in the University and the general community. We hope you enjoy meeting some of the people whose lives have been touched by CEW+.

Do you have a CEW+ story to share? Whether you came in for counseling, emergency funding, or a research grant, a scholarship, or to attend one of our events or workshops, we hope you’ll take a moment to let us know what that experience meant to you. You can tell your story by completing a series of questions on the Share Your Story page or, if you prefer, we’d love the opportunity to speak with you in person, either by phone or in a face-to-face conversation. Please contact us at contactcew@umich.edu to arrange an interview.

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"CEW+ sees the big picture and has nontraditional students at the center of their mission."

"We all have the capability of being able to help others."

"I am excited to work together, co-creating a campus community where everyone can thrive."

“Focus in the moment and enjoy the moment...as long as you have breath there is always hope.“

"CEW+ has always made me feel welcome and validated my experiences."

“I really believe that one of the most innovative things we can do now is to collaborate deeply"

"You can change someone's life by just standing up for them in a meeting."

"Collectively we can identify strategies & solutions to solve some of these complex problems."

"Things can transform me, but they won't reduce me."

"Black people are crying out and America is not listening...it hears the noise, and not the pain."

"Understand that this is a marathon and not a sprint"

"Breathing is an act of resilience right now."

"I find it's really helpful to stick to a routine and to try to also stay connected."

"This is forcing us to realize how much we need connection & interaction."

"I don't know what it looks like, but I'm sure I'm going to find success."

“Everyday I come home and I feel like I have made a change.”

“I believe that we as a greater people will overcome this...”

“I am doing better at living in the little moments that we have.”

“I worked five years on this PhD….I refuse to let COVID-19 steal that...”

"It’s so clear that we need each other more than ever."

"There is a path out at the end of the tunnel…”

"I like creating certainty out of uncertain situations when I can."

“I wanted to go back and fill in the gaps in my very informal education."

“I start tearing up every time I think of CEW because they were so kind to me.”

"I wanted to assist other women who were perhaps getting into the same kinds of challenges that I was.”