Welcome Queer Initiative Scholars!
We at the Scholars’ Hub hope that you’re keeping safe during this difficult time. We understand that life is challenging, courses are still in session, and that there is a lot of uncertainty. Please know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Queer Initiative (QI) is here to support students who identify as LGBTQIA+. We are here to help members of the community build the lives they choose by equipping them with the tools they need to navigate the high education system, while achieving their education and career goals. From academic counseling to finding resources in the community at large, QI is here to support you.
Benefits of being a QI Scholar
- Financial aid assistance
- Scholarship assistance
- Housing and food insecurity assistance and resource navigation
- Support group with a licensed therapist
As part of QI, you have access to an academic counselor here to support you. Our academic counselor is Kaitlyn Ramalho, M.S. Kaitlyn is available by appointment Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays by appointment. To setup an appointment, use the Contact Us form and we will reach out to you shortly.
In partnership with the Student Health & Psychological Services, we host Cuz, I Love You. The support group is here for members of the LGBTQIA+ community at Río Hondo College. No ongoing commitment is necessary. News topics are addressed every week, so you can join at anytime. We meet every Wednesday from 4pm-5pm via Zoom and is hosted by Glenn Heap, LMFT, from Psychological Services. To obtain the Zoom meeting ID and passcode, contact us today via the Contact Us form.
How to Join
Ensure you are in the program by completing this form.
Chromebooks On Loan
Considering that some students do not have home access to computers, the District has made Chromebooks available for students to check out from the Library’s Circulation Desk. The Chromebook will be available on a loan basis for the remaining of the semester. If you have any questions, please contact our Library’s Circulation Desk at 562-908-3416.
Río Hondo College students have access to Office 365 for FREE from the Cloud. Get started with Office 365 for free by clicking here.
As many colleges have transitioned to online instruction, the following internet services will provide free internet to households with students. To enroll for Charter, call 844- 488-8395; for Comcast, call 855-846-8376 (English speakers) or 855-765-6995 (Spanish speakers), or go to www.internetessentials.com.
Counseling for Students
Our Counselors are here to serve you. Email us at Studentlife@riohondo.edu or go to the AccessRio Portal and select Scholars’ Hub icon. You can then schedule a time with one of the Scholars’ Hub Counselors.
Dreamers and Undocumented Students
Rio Hondo College is continuing to support our undocumented and AB540 students. Additionally, in collaboration with the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), we are providing free legal services via telephone and online appointments. For questions or assistance, please feel free to contact the Student Success and Dream Center.
During this challenging time, the Río Hondo College Financial Aid Office will respond promptly to emails and calls. Students can feel free to call 562-463-3370 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any general questions or concerns. Please remember to provide your name and student ID number.
Online Tutoring Appointments
The Learning Assistance Center (LAC) and Writers’ Resource Center (WRC) provide free online tutoring support for English composition and many other general courses. Students can directly access the LAC/WRC websites (below). Students will find the “Email Us” section (at the bottom of the website’s homepage), where they can submit a request for an online tutoring appointment. Please remember to provide your name, student ID number, and the course for which you would like tutoring.
The Math and Science Center (MSC)
The MSC provides free online tutoring support for Math, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Students can directly access the MSC’s website (below). Students will find the “Contact Us” section (at the bottom of the website’s homepage), where they can submit a request for an online tutoring appointment. Please remember to provide your name, student ID number, and the course for which you would like tutoring.
Registration for Spring
Spring registration is now open. If you are a part of a special program, such as EOPS, CARE, and DSPS, your registration date may be earlier.
To look up your registration date, please follow the steps below:
Log onto your AccessRio
Select Registration Status
Review your registration date and time
Check if you have any holds
Student Health & Psychological Services
We are offering remote mental health counseling, group counseling and referrals to enrolled students. To make an appointment for mental health counseling, currently enrolled students can call 562-463-7302 or visit the Psychological Services website. Since we are not on call, please do not leave messages of urgent/critical concerns.
If someone is reporting suicidal thoughts/intentions or experiencing a mental health emergency, please use the following resources:
24 hour National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK
The Trevor Project: 1-866-852-8336
Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
Exodus Urgent Care Center: 1-323-276-6400
Crisis Text Line: Text “Courage” to 741-741
Dial 911 for emergencies.
For a list of additional resources, please visit the RioSource online directory.
For a list of community resources, including our very own campus RioSource Food Pantry, and a variety of social and public services, please visit our RioSource online directory.
If you have any questions about Student Services, please contact Student Affairs at 562-908-3498.
We will continue to provide updates as they become available. Please routinely check your email, Canvas, and our website, as the facts related to COVID-19 are changing rapidly.