Thrive @ Cornell

Newsletter Supporting Your Health and Well-Being

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Dear Community,

We have officially “sprung forward,” and with it brings longer days and perhaps corresponding changes in your thoughts, mood, and energy. While each new season brings about hope, excitement, and anticipation, it also involves changing and adjusting our routines, which can make us feel stressed, out-of-balance, or uneasy. Cultivating a willingness to acknowledge and take our uncomfortable feelings “with us," instead of avoiding them, is key to freeing up space to make meaning.

As we navigate the process of adjusting and moving forward this season, we invite you to take time to notice what you are thinking, feeling, and doing.

  • Embrace what is working for you
  • Get curious about what is not, and;
  • Enjoy spending time with the people, places, and things that matter to you.

In community,

The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell Health
part of Student and Campus Life at Cornell University

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Be Nice to Yourself!

When you’re feeling down, it’s easy to be hard on yourself. Show yourself some compassion and give yourself the same kindness and care you’d give to a friend. Try to speak to yourself the way you would talk to a friend who is going through a similar situation. Find more self-care tips on the Mental Health at Cornell website.

Events This Week

Cultivating Equitable Mentoring Ecosystems

Tuesday, March 22 (CVM Center 1) or Wednesday, March 23 (G10 Biotech) @ 11 am-12:30 pm

Register here

Two In-Person Keynote Talks with Dr. Beronda Montgomery, author of Lessons from Plants. In this presentation, Dr. Montgomery will explore effective means of cultivating mentoring as a place of collaborative learning and reciprocal cultivation, that promotes the growth and success of all involved in the mentoring process.

The Limitless Possibilities of Being Queer: Speakers Panel with Dr. Shay-Akil McLean and Roc

Wednesday, March 23 @ 7-8 pm | Clark 701

This conversation/discussion will focus on the intersection of race, gender, sexuality and more. Dr. Shay-Akil McLean and Roc will share insights on challenging the narrative of ‘who gets to be in the LGBTQ+ community’—a narrative that often centers white and cisgender voices.

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Body Talk: Pro Edition

Wednesday, March 23 @ 7:30 pm | live via Zoom OR join a live viewing party in the Kaplan Room (Bartels Hall)

Register to receive the Zoom link

A Panel with Track & Field Olympians Karissa Schweizer and Gabriela DeBues-Stafford. It's common for athletes to struggle with both how they and outsiders perceive their bodies. Join Karissa and Gabriela as they deconstruct ideas of athleticism and body image in a Zoom conversation or in the Kaplan Room (Bartels Hall) for a group viewing party.

Soup & Hope Series

Thursday, March 24 @ 12-1 pm | live via Zoom & at Sage Chapel

Register here

This week's story features Zebadiah Hall, Director of Student Disability Services (SDS) at Cornell Health. A Chicago native, Zebadiah came to Cornell with his wife Leslie in 2019. Zebadiah and his staff employ a Civil Rights for Social Justice approach to their work, an effort centered on students’ lived experience and self-awareness. An advocate for the principles of universal design and inclusivity on campus, Zebadiah says these efforts “allow people to change the world with their ability while educating the world about their disability.”

Willard Straight Hall In the Sky

Thursday, March 24 @ 6-8 pm | Willard Straight Hall Lobby

Come watch an artist creating balloon animals and giving them away. Make an ice cream float with free ice cream and soda. Take fun photos with your friends. Sponsored by the Student Union Board.

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Especially for Graduate & Professional Students

Paint to De-Stress

Thursday, March 24 @ 7-10 pm | Big Red Barn

Register here

Enjoy an evening of painting with the barn! Whether you are an absolute beginner or an experienced painter come spend a relaxing evening at the barn. Drop in for a bit or stay for the whole time. Please sign up ahead of time and remember to bring $5 cash to cover the cost of your canvas, paint, and paintbrushes. This is a great opportunity to meet other grad students in an activity-based low-key environment and take a break from things for an evening.

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LGBTQ+ Culture is Black Culture with Jade Fox

Friday, March 25 @ 7:00-8:00 pm, Africana 120

Join us for a discussion on the intersections of Blackness and Queer culture with entertainer and influencer Jade fox and a special presentation by Nik Martin and Drew Brown.

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EARS Snack & Chat

Stop by EARS Peer Mentoring on the 6th floor of Willard Straight Hall anytime this week from March 20th to March 25th and enjoy free snacks, drinks, and other goodies! For an exact schedule of Peer Mentoring drop-in hours, please visit

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Big Red Rec Bingo!

Play anytime through Thursday, March 31, no formal registration required

Just like regular bingo, complete five consecutive squares which include wellness activities to earn bingo. HOWEVER, there are some extra rules for this contest:

    • Each “BINGO” earned must contain 5 unique activities
    • BINGOs earned must be either all horizontal or all vertical. No diagonal BINGOs will be allowed.
    • BINGO boards, rules, and how to enter for prizes is available on the Big Red Rec Bingo page.
    • E-mail Emily- with questions.

Know Your Resources for Student & Campus Well-Being

While there’s much you can do to take care of yourself, there are many resources available to help support your mental and physical health and well-being.

Please reach out to any of the resources below for information and support, and encourage your friends to do the same.

Mental Health at Cornell website:

Cornell Health:

24/7 Help:

Campus Resource Highlight: Community Response Team

Current Hours: Wednesday- Saturday @ 7:00 pm-4:00 am

The Community Response Team (CRT) is an overnight resource serving on-campus students from 7pm-4am Wednesday-Saturday. CRT staff are compassionate and student-centered professionals who welcome an email, text, call or in-person visit at 103 Appel Commons:, 607-253-2100.

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