Thrive @ Cornell Newsletter

Supporting Your Health & Well-Being

March 14, 2022

Dear community,

We're mid-semester. Pause for a moment and reflect: How's it going so far? What's working and what's maybe not working so well? If you're tired, learn to rest, not to give up. Once you've rested, consider who you might ask for help from with those things that aren't going the way you'd like.

Consider these words from Stephen Hawking:

"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up."

This week we invite you to rest when tired, use resources when needed and to be curious about all that your current Cornell experience has to offer.

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

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Photo by Mimi Ditchie | The Milky Way can be seen in the sky behind the Mobius Arch, Alabama Hills, California

Invitation to Campus Restorative Spaces

Stop by and utilize one of the current Serenity Rooms at Mann Library 282 (check out the key at the circulation desk) or Anabel Taylor Hall 218. Learn more about campus restorative spaces.

The Office of Spirituality & Meaning-Making (OSMM) is piloting new Interfaith Serenity Rooms on the Cornell campus where all students, regardless of religious identities, can pray, meditate, and reflect.

Invitation to Campus Resources

Everyone needs a little help sometimes. If you are feeling stressed, fatigued, burned out, struggling academically or emotionally, please consider taking advantage of the services and resources at Cornell designed specifically to bolster undergraduate, graduate, and professional student mental health and well-being. Remember, your mental health and emotional well-being are just as important as your physical health and contributes to your academic success.

Events This Week

Building Allyship Series: Dismantling the Exclusivity of Academia Through Critical Allyship to our Neurodiverse Community

Tuesday, March 15 @12:00 to 1:30 pm EST
For more information and to register here Zoom link will be provided upon registration

This event will educate attendees about what neurodiversity is, the way that negative beliefs about neurodiversity impact the neurodiverse community, how to destigmatize the community, what issues are facing the neurodiverse community in academia, and how aspiring allies can best and continuously support neurodiverse members of our community.

Panelists will discuss barriers that neurodiverse people face, and accommodations or structural changes that mitigate or dissolve these barriers. Members of the neurodiverse community bring value to Cornell University, and allies help neurodiverse people thrive.

This Building Allyship Series session is collaboratively hosted by the Graduate and Professional Student Diversity Council, Graduate School Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement and Disability+, the Graduate and Professional Students with Disabilities Association.

Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia

Tuesday March 15 @ 5pm

Hybrid In-Person & Zoom

Campus groups registration:

Dr. Sabrina Strings will be discussing her book Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia, which argues that the contemporary ideal of slenderness is racialized and racist. Such an understanding is more important today than ever, when Black women (especially poor Black women) are stigmatized as “diseased” and a burden on the public health care system. Dr. Strings expertly weaves together a historical narrative to illustrate that fatphobia as it relates to Black women originated with the Enlightenment-era belief that fatness was evidence of “savagery” and racial inferiority, arguing convincingly that fatphobia is not about health, but rather a means of using the body to validate race, class, and gender prejudice.

Sponsored by Body Positive Cornell

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Drag Me to School Information Meeting and Follow-up Workshops

Wednesday, March 16

Informational Meeting @ 5:30pm - 6:30pm


Come learn all the parts of drag necessary to get into the gig hunny. Headmistress Tilia Cordata will walk you through getting ready, and we will end with the BIG SHOW! Over a several week course we will go over makeup, costuming, performance and well...drag!

All types of drag welcome, we will go over kings, queens, and everything in between. Customizing your character to best fit your vision.

Sign up for the Follow-Up Workshops at

No experience is required just good energy and interested in learning about Drag.

You also are not required to participate in the show!

March 16th Informational Meeting
March 30th Makeup Basics
April 6th (optional help session)
April 13th Makeup and Costuming
April 20th Costumes, performance and "Auditions"
Food will be provided at each of the workshops.

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Purim Carnival

Wednesday, March 16 from 8:30-10:30pm
Willard Straight Memorial Room
Click here for more information

Celebrate Purim at Cornell Hillel’s Purim Carnival in the Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room. Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim with a carnival like no other! Try your hand at carnival games, play Dance Dance Revolution, indulge in delicious kosher carnival food, win awesome giveaways, and so much more!
Sponsored by Cornell Hillel.

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Inaugural Black Excellence Research Symposium: A Celebration of Scholarship Event

Thursday, March 17 via Zoom

Registration link -

Launched by the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA), this symposium seeks to celebrate and uplift our community of researchers across the Black Diaspora here at Cornell.

The Black Excellence Research Symposium is open to the broad Cornell community and is co-sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement.
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Love Nature, Plants, Animals, the Outdoors?

Are you thinking about pre-enroll for Fall 2022? The Nature Rx@Cornell program is searching for Cornell students from any field to enroll in PLHRT 4975, Leadership of the Nature Rx Club for the fall, 2022 semester.

Required qualifications:

- Previous coursework or concurrent enrollment in a leadership course;

- Previous participation in a Cornell club;

- Love of nature and the outdoors.

Enrolled students may assume the roles of: president, vice-president, events coordinator, or communications manager. Each officer will receive two S-U credits for their participation. Prof. Don Rakow serves as faculty advisor to the club and will meet regularly with club officers to help with event planning, managing challenges, and assessing effectiveness. In planning events, a strong emphasis should be placed on engaging students of all backgrounds.

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: