Santa Clara University


Message from the Director

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      Welcome to the Cowell Center

My name is Jillandra C. Rovaris and I am the Director of the Cowell Center. In alignment with the university's mission, the Cowell Center strives to promote the physical and emotional well-being of students so as to empower their journey in fostering global understanding and engagement. The Cowell Center provides excellent medical and psychological services and promotes the caring for the whole person. Our goal is to help students to take care of themselves so that they can better focus on succeeding academically and becoming the effective leaders of tomorrow.

A more subtle goal of the Cowell Center is to positively touch the souls of individuals; to empower students to be all that they can be so that they are not afraid to embrace life and to make a positive difference in the world and in the lives of others.

We teach students not to compare themselves to others because in so doing, they may become vain and bitter. There will always be greater and lesser persons than ourselves. We work with students to be kind and accepting of themselves as well as others; to be compassionate, and warm and empathic. We assist students in becoming socially, emotionally and academically responsible. We help students to understand the importance of self-care, affection and connection to self and others. We fortify students in knowing when and how to laugh… and cry… and how to have fun and learn through conflict; how to trust the self as well as others and how to support each other's highest good as we walk in joy for each other's joy. Most importantly, we empower students to shine intellectually, physically and emotionally as they embark upon the wonders of the world.

I invite you to continue to get familiar with our website and to see what services we offer as well as to meet our staff.