May 21, 2022  
2021-22 New Student Orientation Guide 
2021-22 New Student Orientation Guide

Dean of Students Office

Letter from the Dean

Welcome to LIFE University! As the Dean of Students, it is my pleasure to assist you in your academic, personal, and professional development.  The Office of the Dean of Students is staffed with experienced and talented individuals who are ready to support you. We are committed to a vision of diversity and inclusion that fosters the academic and personal growth of all students. We are here to help you create a vibrant community that enhances the quality of your student experience. 

These efforts include helping students make sensible and informed decisions about academic and personal matters, negotiating the opportunities and challenges that are an important part of a highly demanding academic environment, and finding appropriate resources within and beyond the Division of Student Affairs. We also work with a range of collaborative partners, including academic departments and programs, to create opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members to integrate the learning that takes place inside and outside of the classroom.

Our office is focused on the education our students receive outside the classroom. Though we are mindful that the intellectual life will be the core of the enterprise at LIFE, we are dedicated to the idea that learning continues, is enhanced, and is made meaningful beyond the threshold of the conventional classroom.

The Dean of Students Office can help you work through many questions and concerns. Students often land in the Dean of Students Office when they are not clear about where to turn for help. 

Please feel free to contact us if we can be of service. Our number one priority is to make the student experience at LIFE University a powerful and enriching one.

Welcome New Eagles!

Dr. Janna Bredeson

Dean of Students

Safe Space

What is Safe Space?

Safe Space is a campus-wide initiative to respect and support all people regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or sexual preference. This program provides open support to individuals who identify themselves (publicly or privately) as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, inquiring and questioning, with the aim of ensuring all LGBTIQ students and employees on campus perform at their highest level.

The overall goal is for Life University to create and maintain a campus-wide atmosphere of inclusion and acceptance. LIFE faculty and staff undergo training to become allies as part of the Safe Space program, and the Life University Safe Space symbol will mark their offices and workspaces as safe zones for nonjudgmental conversation and guidance to resources and support. Safe Space is managed by a group of staff and faculty Allies from across campus who wish to increase awareness of issues affecting all minorities with a focus on issues affecting LGBTIQ people. Safe Space provides basic, awareness and ally training in pursuit of three goals:

Awareness:  Gain insights into the lives and experiences of LGBTIQ and other marginalized people and self.

Knowledge:  Gain knowledge on facts relating to   LGBTIQ/marginalized people.

Action:  Bring awareness of self and others’ experiences together with knowledge to create positive change.

To contact the Safe Space team, email 


CARE Team: The mission of the CARE Team is to foster a culture of caring through proactive and flexible cross-functional responsiveness to student needs.

C – Connect

A – Advocate

R – Respect

E – Encourage & Empower

The coursework in Life University’s programs can be challenging…even overwhelming. There will be times when you’re focused on your studies so much that almost nothing (or no one) else seems to matter. Even your health and wellbeing can take a back seat.


If you’re feeling lonely or stressed…if you’re worried about a friend or classmate…if you’ve experienced unfair or biased treatment…if you need answers that you’re just not getting…the CARE Team is here for you.


We know today’s students prefer text, chat, social media and other ways to connect – but email is the official form of communication at Life University (and most universities).


Your email to the CARE Team won’t go unanswered…and we do our best to reply within an hour or two (and sometimes, within minutes).

Who’s on your CARE Team?


Email us at or visit our page on Engage or the Life University website.


The CARE Team is available for support, no matter what the issue.


Whether the issue is large or small, urgent or long term, yours or a friend’s, the CARE Team is with you. You don’t have to deal with it alone.

“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.”
Maya Angelou 



Student Behavioral Assessment Team (SBAT)

Ripple Effect 

Creating Abundance One Ripple at a Time

“There’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” ~Scott Adams

The Ripple Effect is a campus organization whose Mission is to express LIFE’s Lasting Purpose by creating a cycle of common good that is continually perpetuating and amplifying itself. It is an organic cooperative of students, staff and faculty focused on service, random acts of kindness, and compassion for others. We are particularly interested in the spiritual aspect of wellness and understand that each time we give from the sense of giving, doing, loving and serving, our actions are amplified, as ripples in a pond, into waves of abundance (or what happiness researcher Barbara Fredrickson calls “positive upward spirals”).

The name is meant to reflect Life’s foundational value of Lasting Purpose: to give, do, love and serve from sense of abundance. Our view is that, like pebbles in a pond, acts of kindness ripple outward and amplify from the point of impact. Our goal is to make service an integral part of our students’ education and create a ripple that will last throughout their lives.

If you would like to be actively involved in service projects on campus (or in the community), email or join the Ripple Effect on Engage.


Community Referral Resources

Please note: this list of referrals is provided for informational purposes only & is not affiliated with Life University.

Free Counseling Services for Enrolled Life University Students

  • Student Assistance Program – 770-951-8021 -or- 800-869-0276;; 6 free sessions per year for Life U students; 24/7 phone and online resources (password: lifeu); face-to-face counseling is available

General Assistance Resources – Financial, Food, Medical, and other LOCAL Reduced Cost Services

Food Assistance for Urgent Needs

  • Food4LIFE Pantry – or visit the Library and ask about the food pantry there

Food Assistance for Ongoing Needs

  • MUST Neighborhood Pantry at LIFE - Third Wednesday of each month at the Safety Pin sculpture, 4:00-5:30 pm; register here:

24 Hour Crisis Resources

  • Student Assistance Program – 770-951-8021 -or- 800-869-0276;; 6 free sessions per year for Life U students; 24/7 phone and online resources (password: lifeu); face-to-face counseling is available
  • Ridgeview Institute – 770-434-4567;; 3995 S Cobb Dr, Smyrna, GA 30080; 24-hour Access Center
  • Suicide Hotline – 1-800-SUICIDE
  • Georgia Crisis and Access Line – 1-800-715-4225;

Rape/Sexual Assault Resources

Child Abuse Resources

Psychological/Psychoeducational Evaluations

  • Dr. William Buchanan, Ph.D (North Point Psychology) – 678-624-0310; Alpharetta
  • Dr. Daniel Eisenman, Ph.D. (Johns Creek Psychological Services) – 678-263-8512; Johns Creek
  • Dr. Christina Noble, Ph.D., LPC (Anxiety & Stress Management Institute) – 770-953-0080 ext. 318;
  • Dr. Sara M. Sachjog Velez, Psy.D. (Atlanta Area Psychological Associates) – 770-953-6401;; Marietta
  • Vocational Rehab (Marietta Unit) – 770-528-3435;; 877 Franklin Road, Suite 280, Marietta, GA 30067
  • Dr. Adam Warshowsky, PhD (Powers Ferry Psychological Associates, LLC) – 770-953-4744 ext. 42; http://www.; 1827 Powers Ferry Rd., Building 22, Atlanta, GA 30339

Sliding Fee Counseling Options

  • Anxiety & Stress Management Institute – 770-953-0080;; Marietta; individual, couples, and family counseling available (free groups are available – contact Intake Office at 770-953-0080 ext. 302)
  • Families First – 404-853-2844;; Marietta; individual, couples, families & groups available
  • Fountain Gate Counseling Center – 770-218-9005;; Kennesaw; individual, couples, family, & group counseling available
  • Metropolitan Counseling Services (MCS) – 404-321-1794;; Atlanta; individual, couples & groups available; limited scholarship 10 sessions for $10
  • Marietta Counseling for Children and Adults – 770-971-9311;; Marietta; individual, couples, family & groups available for adults, adolescents & children
  • New Horizons Counseling Center – 678-291-9029 or 678-291-9029;; Marietta
  • Odyssey Counseling Services – 404-762-9190;; College Park; individual and family counseling available
  • Yolanda Seals, LPC, LMFT (AID Social Services, LLC) – 770-726-7249 -or- 678-250-4754; www.; Kennesaw

12 Step Support Meetings

Drug and Alcohol

Cobb County Agencies

  • Boys & Girls Club ( - To save and change the lives of children and teens, especially those who need us most, by providing a safe, positive, and engaging environment and programs that prepare and inspire them to achieve Great Futures.
  • Center for Family Resources ( - Provides temporary financial assistance to stabilize families in crisis; housing for low-income and homeless families in a safe and secure environment; and education and training to individuals and communities to increase economic capacity and personal growth.
  • Families First ( - Families First fosters strong communities by delivering empowering and sustainable solutions for children and families. Our solutions focus on three impact areas necessary for child well- being and family self-sufficiency. 1) Child and Youth Permanency 2) Family Sustainability & Empowerment 3) Healthy Families & Relationships
  • Good Samaritan Health Center ( - Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb is a non-profit healthcare center providing a comprehensive range of medical, dental, prescription and select social services for patients without health insurance or the means to afford care.
  • Cobb County Center for Children & Young Adults ( - The Center for Children & Young Adults provides residential care for homeless children and youth in state custody
  • Cobb County Community Service Board ( - Provides mental health services to children, adolescents and adults for treatment, illness management education and to support the development of the skills necessary to function in the community. Family education and support are important components of treatment. Income-based options.
  • Consumer Credit Counseling ( - provides bankruptcy, credit, and housing counseling for delinquent mortgages, reverse mortgages, and foreclosures.
  • Council on Alcohol & Drugs ( - Serve the community through high-quality services and effective prevention programs. We have an exciting range of educational programs and services designed to engage children and teens, address the needs of parents, and to provide employers, educators, health professionals, policy- makers and the media with authoritative information on tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.
  • Girls Inc ( - Girls Incorporated of Greater Atlanta provides programs to help all girls develop the skills and tools for becoming women who are strong, smart, and bold. Our informal, research-based programs aim to enable girls to think critically about situations and to implement problem-solving techniques that produce the best outcomes for themselves and the surrounding community. We want to encourage girls to take educated risks and master physical, intellectual and emotional challenges.
  • Jewish Family & Career Services ( - Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS) is dedicated to strengthening and enriching the lives of individuals, families and community, both Jewish and non- Jewish, and helping them meet the challenges of daily life. We can help in so many ways, from counseling couples and families to helping individuals with developmental disabilities live independently, from providing caregiver services to older adults to helping new immigrants resettle.
  • MUST Ministries ( - A powerful, volunteer-driven organization, MUST addresses the basic needs of individuals, families and children with facilities in the Cobb and Cherokee counties and programs in numerous other counties. Provide food, clothing, furniture, job services and other programs to individuals and families in need.
  • Salvation Army ( - Addresses basic needs – food, shelter, etc… but also has programs related to youth camps, prisoner rehabilitation, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, human trafficking, elderly services, auto donations, and thrift stores.
  • Sheltering Arms ( - Sheltering Arms is metro Atlanta’s oldest nonprofit childcare provider and one of its most respected. Our mission is to serve working families with high quality, affordable childcare and education and comprehensive support services, as well as to provide professional development for early childhood educators and community outreach.
  • The Edge Connection ( - The Edge Connection’s mission is to promote economic self-sufficiency and self-determination through comprehensive entrepreneurial training targeting low-to moderate- income women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Our organization provides exploring, aspiring, and existing entrepreneurs with business and marketing plan training, one-on-one technical assistance, strategic coaching and access to capital through our resource partners.
  • Travelers Aid ( - Travelers Aid is proud to be one of the premiere social service agencies in Metropolitan Atlanta providing a safety net for low-income travelers, newcomers and residents in crisis. Provides assistance (i.e. emergency shelter, food, transportation and counseling)
  • United Way of Greater Atlanta ( - Connects people to the assistance they need to address everyday challenges of living, as well as those that develop during times of community emergencies.
  • YWCA of Northwest GA ( - Your YWCA of Northwest Georgia is a dynamic agency whose work has always surrounded two principles: empowering women and working for peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people. 
  • Latin American Association (www.thelaa. org) - The Latin American Association helps Latino families achieve their aspirations for their academic, social   and economic advancement.
  • Zion Keepers ( - Zion Keepers, Inc is a 501©3 non-profit ministry that provides permanent supportive housing for homeless disabled veterans and transitional housing for homeless and low-income persons. This program is faith based and designed to provide a loving stable environment, which allows each resident to continues their recovery from substance abuse and other life controlling issues and progress towards a complete spiritual, physical and economic recovery.