ARISE Program


ARISE (Academics, Relationships, Independence, Self-Advocacy, Emotional Health) is an educational support and wellness program located at Cypress College in the Business Building, Room 119. ARISE offers a sensory-friendly space on campus and staff who help students develop organizational, academic and social skills, and provide students with wellness support. All Cypress College students enrolled in at least one class are welcome to partake in and use ARISE services!

ARISE Services and Activities

A – Academics: ARISE is here to support students as they transition to college, struggling with executive functioning in class.  We can provide on-on-one or group support to help students utilize strategies like notetaking, study skills, or general college success skills.

R – Relationships: ARISE offers social connections and social activities for students to gain skills to build healthy, meaningful relationships on campus.

– Independence: ARISE helps students develop skills to encourage independence in their professional, personal, and academic pursuits.

S – Self-Advocacy: ARISE empowers students to advocate for support to meet personal and academic goals. This could include communicating with family, community resources, instructors, peers, or employment support.

E – Emotional Health: ARISE is a place for students to choose to go when they are feeling overwhelmed with emotions. ARISE is a place for students to learn skills to help regulate and process emotions.

  • One-on-one support with ARISE support staff and counselor
  • Group sessions and workshops
  • Study sessions
  • Social support and community building
  • Emotional and mental health wellness
  • Support with transition to college
  • Safe space to connect with other students and/or ARISE staff
  • Weekly virtual meet-ups
  • Much more!


Business Building, Room 119

Hours of Operation

Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Call DSS at (714) 484-7104 for specific days/times.

ARISE is closed when classes are not in session.

Contact Information

Christina Lakeman
ARISE Counselor
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
Business Building, Room 119

Celeste Phelps
Director, Disability Support Services

De-Stress Map

The de-stress map is a resource for people seeking relaxing, calm spaces on campus.  If you would like to connect with nature in an outdoor space, you can check out the Gateway Plaza, Garden Walkway, Pond, and Succulent Garden.  The Art Gallery, ARISE center and CCCPLX 4th Floor Quiet Space are quiet indoor spaces to relax and unwind.  If you’re looking to reduce stress with exercise, head on over to the Track for some walking.

Map of campus with areas to de-stress marked with stars