The Cornell Quaranzine

Supporting Your Well-being - Spring 2021


Dear Community,

Upon finishing this week, we will be on our way to completing the first month of the Spring 2021 semester. Now that you have hopefully managed to settle a bit more into a routine, it is a good time to explore additional options for creating connections with your peers. This newsletter will offer both some opportunities to meet new people, as well as showcasing events that you can invite current friends to. It is more important than ever that you take advantage of the resources you do have for establishing and deepening your connections with others in a safe manner.

Wishing you wellness,

The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives

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But First: A Self Check-in

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What forms of connection make you feel the most fulfilled? We all differ in the kinds of activities that we like to share with others. Some people love to socialize while they explore, whether it is a new nature trail or a coffee shop. Others prefer to bond by engaging in competitive activities like sports or videogames. The good news is that regardless of your interests, there are people out there that want to share those same kinds of experiences!

It is important to be proactive about seeking out these sources of connection, especially during a semester like this. Even though it is good to have a routine, it is also important to be willing to try new things. Take some time out of your day to think about your interests, passions and the things you like to do simply for fun. Are you doing a good job of engaging in these, whether by yourself or with other people? Give yourself permission this week to prioritize fun and connection with others. You'll be glad you did!

Coming Out for Allyship: Building Allyship Series w/ QGrads

Save the date! February 24th @ 12:00PM - 1:30PM EST

QGrads is collecting anonymous stories from any queer or queer-allied community member (students, faculty, staff, etc.) at Cornell that exemplifies either:

1. a time you felt unsafe, unseen, disrespected, prejudged, micro-aggressed, etc., and/or

2. a time when you've experienced (given or received) allyship

Share your story here:

BEAR Walk Talks For Students Living Off-Campus

Wednesday February 24th @ 5pm - Fire Safety when looking for an apartment and living in the space with Ron Flynn, University Fire Marshal, and Kate VanLoke, Assistant University Fire Marshal.

Please join us this semester as we embark on a new adventure building relationships and community! Every Wednesday at 5 pm, the Off-Campus Housing Office will be hosting the BEAR Walk Talks session.

What: Cornell Concert Series: Regina Carter

When: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 7:00pm

Where: Check it out HERE!

Bring your friends along to a concert from the comfort of your home! For GRAMMY-nominated artist Regina Carter, the violin isn’t simply an improvisational vehicle; it’s a passport to unexpected realms. Her quest for beauty combined with her passion for excellence did not escape the attention of the MacArthur Foundation, which awarded Regina their prestigious MacArthur Fellowship “genius grant.”

San Francisco Performances also took note of Regina’s exceptional work, and appointed her Artist-in-Residence for five years. She also served as one of the Resident Artistic Directors for the discerning SFJAZZ during its inaugural season in its spectacular new home. Most recently, the acclaimed violinist was awarded a Doris Duke Artist Award, and in 2018 was appointed as the Director of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s All-Female Jazz Residency, a unique summer immersion program for aspiring women jazz professionals.

Interested in Learning About Social and Financial Wellness?

Join the First Well, Wild, & Free Workshop

The first workshop in the Series is called Social & Financial Wellness, and will take place this Wednesday February 24th at 7pm PM EST. To register: LINKTR.EE/CORNELLWRC

Join Women’s Resource Center’s Educator-in-Residence, Bria Hamlet as she explores how the 8 Dimensions of Wellness intersect with the chakra systems. Social and financial wellness aren't typically top of mind when we think of health indicators, but these two dimensions are big players in one's sense of well-being. Learn about money from a new more empowered angle?

Participants will identify broad signs of low social and financial health, how they are connected to systemic inequities, and how person-centered healing can lead to balance in these dimensions. Participants will also engage with how social and financial wellness intersects with the root and sacral chakras.

2020 Vision, A Black Walden Pond & Other Musings

What: An exploration between race and the environment

When: Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Where: Register HERE!

Author of “Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors,” Dr. Carolyn Finney, will share her work on African Americans and environmental issues to consider this moment of racial reckoning and the creative responses to environmental and social challenges that are emerging. Here is a golden opportunity to explore an interest in social justice in ways that you may not have thought of before!

Christian Cooper. George Floyd. Removal of Confederate Statues. Renaming of institutions. Reparations. Systemic Racism. John Muir? What does "environment" have to do with it? How do we meet this moment? Drawing from her book, her relationships “in the field”, her lived experience, and this moment of reckoning, Dr. Finney explores the complexities and contradictions of American history as it relates to green space, race and the power to shape the places we live in our own image. By engaging in “green” conversations with black people from around the country, Dr. Finney considers the power of resistance and resilience in the emergence of creative responses to environmental and social challenges in our cities and beyond.

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Let's Get Real!

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What: Honest conversation

When: March 1st, at 5:00pm

Where: Facebook Event with info/Zoom link!

Join Cornell Reflect's first virtual event of the year! They will be giving away $7 in BRBs to 30 randomly-selected participants in order to preserve the spirit of Reflect dinners. Be ready to bring some open and honest conversation. This event is sponsored by Cornell Minds Matter and the 2020 Presenting Community Sponsor of Cornell Reflect, the Sophie Fund.

Craving Mac 'N Cheese?

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What: Mac 'n cheese Crawl fundraiser

When: Throughout the month of March

Where: Check HERE for more info/registration

Foodnet Meals on Wheels has organized a Mac 'N Cheese Crawl that will stir up some hot competition among some of Ithaca's finest dining establishments. Purchase your Mac Passport, present your passport at each restaurant for your tasting and then vote for your favorite!

Feeling Zoom Fatigue?

What: Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Where: Video HERE!

When: Whenever you want!

Putting in long hours on your electronic devices? Feel tension leaving your muscles as Kerry Howell, Cornell Wellness staff, guides you through a 15 minute progressive muscle relaxation session. Allow yourself to be led through this relaxation technique that will bring some much needed relief to your overworked muscles from your head down to your toes.

What: Let’s Meditate is a free, guided, mindfulness meditation series sponsored by Cornell Health, in collaboration with numerous campus partners. Everyone is welcome!

When: Find schedule here:

Note: Interested in meditating in Spanish? Join Mar Perez on Mondays 12:30pm to 1:00pm Click here to join event. Meeting ID: 912 4382 6857 Password: 645320

What about meditating in Mandarin? Join Jingjin on Fridays from 8:00am to 8:30am

by clicking HERE!

Body Positive @ Cornell!

What: Join a community that fosters body acceptance and positive social change!

When: Small groups will start in early-mid March (See dates/times on website)

Where: Sign up HERE!

Body Positive Cornell (BPC) groups are open for enrollment for Spring 2021!

Through learning and discussion, group members will challenge norms and expectations regarding health and appearance, consider their own relationships with their bodies, learn about evidence- based approaches to health, and cultivate greater body appreciation and overall well-being.

Groups are led by trained peer facilitators and meet weekly for about an hour for a total of seven weeks. This semester, students can choose between Women of Color and General Student Body groups. All groups will meet virtually.

To meet the facilitators for 2020-2021, check out the Instagram (@bodypositivecornell).

For more information or to enroll as a participant, visit:

Sign up soon! Spots are limited. Groups will start in early-mid March.

Need A Chat?

What: Talk to a friendly face

When: Check link for specific times

Where: Click HERE for info/Zoom link!

Sometimes the best thing that we need is just an opportunity to talk. Chat with the friendly and helpful upper-level student staff of the Tatkon Center. From feeling homesick to sorting out the best dining options, ask them anything! They are here to informally advise and share their knowledge to make your year the best that it can be.

Need A Pick-Me-Up?

Watch these beginner and advanced climbers from all walks of life.

If you want to get hyped, check out REEL ROCK 15's trailer video for a little taste of excitement, inspiration and amazement!

If you're up for it, try Cornell’s very own climbing wall! Now that we are on Alert Level Green, you can make a reservation HERE.

Bria Hamlet, WRC Educator-in-Residence Offers Yoga with an Emphasis on Communities of Color and LGBTQIA+ persons

The class 3/6 @ 2pm class welcomes Women and Femme Folx, yogis of all levels, though the content will be catered toward beginners. Join in this sacred space as we move freely with each other in community.

Register here

Classes for particular communities held on Saturdays at 2pm ET

· BIPOC 2/13, 4/3

· QTPOC 2/20 4/17

· Women and Femme Folx – 3/6 5/1

· Yoga for All 3/20 5/8

Brought to you by the Women’s Resource Center

Resources for Graduate Students

The Graduate School values student health and well-being as a foundation for academic and life success. We encourage you to get involved with the greater Cornell and Ithaca community and reach out to us if you need guidance or support.


to learn how to enhance your graduate student experience with the following:

Bright Spot

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We are back to Alert Level Green! Keep up the good work following the public health guidelines.

Beginning February 23, the following fitness and recreation opportunities can resume:

For all recreation and fitness activities, details on hours, types of allowable activity and capacity limits, please check either the recreation and fitness website or specific center websites.

Additional Resources for Your Health & Well-being

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Cornell Health Resources At-A-Glance

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The Learning Strategies Center

The Learning Strategies Center will help students build their academic community and resilience, whether it be through study partner matching or by following tips to Start Spring '21 Strong. Remember successful students ask for help by attending faculty and TA office hours, access free tutoring, and attend LSC-sponsored study skills workshops.

Cornell Health Let's (Tele)talk Spring 2021

Let's Talk is currently being provided by Zoom.

How it works: Let’s (Tele)Talk is available during the times listed in the current schedule (see link below). Click on the relevant link to access a Zoom meeting with a counselor. Students are seen individually on a first-come, first-served basis. There may be a wait in the virtual waiting room if the counselor is seeing another student. Please wait and we will be with you as soon as we can.

> See the Spring 2021 schedule below

> Meet our Let's Talk counselors

Talk/Text Resources

If you find yourself struggling or in need of someone to talk to, know that you are not alone. The following resources are here to support you:

Cornell Resources

Ithaca Resources (24/7)

National Talk-Lines (24/7)

  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

  • Trevor Project hotline (LGBTQ+): 866-488-7386

  • LGBT+ National Hotline: 888-843-4564

  • TransLifeline: 877-565-8860

National Text/Chat Services

  • National Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741741

  • Steve Fund crisis text line: Text STEVE to 741741 (connects you to a counselor of color)

  • Trevor Project text line (LGBTQ+): Text START to 678678

National Suicide Prevention "Lifeline CHAT" service:

Get in Touch