Thrive @ Cornell
Cornell Newsletter Supporting Your Health & Well-Being
October 21, 2022
Happy Friday! We hope you take a minute to glance through the newsletter and find a resource to use and an event to enjoy in the next week or so. We also invite you to reflect on how we can all continue to grow and enjoy the process of learning. That includes learning from mistakes. What we may label as mistakes and failures are really just part of the process called "learning." A mistake or failure doesn't mean you aren't smart enough. Give yourself permission to be imperfect on the path to discovery and growth and reframe these "mistakes" as opportunities to learn and grow.
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Cornell becoming a Health-Promoting Campus
Cornell will be the first Ivy to formally adopt the international Okanagan Charter to become a Health-Promoting Campus. Help celebrate the charter signing with university leaders on Wednesday, October 26 at 3:30pm in front of Cornell Health. The first 500 attendees will receive an eco-friendly tote bag.
What To Do When You Get Your Prelims Back
Learning from your graded work is an incredibly valuable opportunity. Do not immediately toss or file away the test, essay, or problem set you just got back. Try these tips for how to learn from graded work, like your prelims from the Learning Strategies Center.
Say Boo to the Flu: 4 more flu vaccine clinics
Flu season is almost here! Protect yourself by getting your FREE flu shot at an upcoming vaccine clinic held at Willard Straight Hall, Toni Morrison Hall, or Becker House. Sign up for a timeslot here.
Free online mental health & nutrition workshops
Upcoming Events (10/21- 11/3)
Consider 626 Family, Diversity and Inclusion Portfolio Open House
Saturday, October 22 from 2 - 5pm
626 Thurston Avenue
Click here to RSVP
The Diversity & Inclusion Portfolio welcomes all students to our Open House full of fun fall activities! Come and enjoy some fall themed festivities with or without family--all are welcome. Head over to 626 Thurston Ave for fun crafts and delicious snacks on every floor!
Breast Cancer Awareness Week - 10/22 - 10/28
The Am-ASIAN Race
Friday, October 28 from 4 - 6pm
Join A3C for a 🎃 SPOOKY 🎃 AM-ASIAN RACE around Cornell campus! All you need is two friends and a healthy dose of competition 😉. You and your team will compete in a series of 👻 FRIGHTFUL 👻 challenges. With each challenge you complete, you will get a clue that leads to your next challenge. Be one of the first three teams to complete all challenges to win a prize!
*We STRONGLY ENCOURAGE sign-ups as a team of three as all challenges will be tailored for three people. HOWEVER, we will be accepting sign-ups as pairs and individuals. Note that for that latter, we will create a team for you.Click here to RSVP.
Check Out These Basic Needs Workshop Series
Participate in a Well-Being Visioning Session for Cornell University
November 3, 2022 from 4 - 5pm
Via Zoom People may register here
Cornell has been working to implement and evaluate a series of recommendations from the Mental Health Review report over the past few years. This semester, Cornell plans to adopt the Okanagan Charter, an international guide for universities to become “health-promoting campuses.” Cornell will join institutions across the world focused on embedding holistic health into all aspects of the academic, administrative, co-curricular, and operational culture of the university.
You are invited to participate in a Cornell well-being visioning session with other Cornell community members (undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, staff, and faculty) to inform the creation of a well-being vision for Cornell.
Consider joining for the live visioning session over Zoom on 11/3/22 or sharing your thoughts on a well-being vision for Cornell here.
Especially for Graduate and Professional Students
Divas, Drag Queens, Aunties, and Other Academic Personas by Dr. Kareem Khubchandani
Saturday, October 22nd, 3pm - 4.30 pm
The academy requires us to perform, to conduct our bodies in a governed and regimented way, to speak and dress and travel and teach according to rules often unspoken, but quickly learned. What if we take this call to perform seriously, and assert control and limits over this performance demanded by neoliberal institutions? This discussion draws on Dr. Khubchandani's creative, research, and pedagogical practice to imagine the possibilities of performance in surviving and enjoying academia. Must watch bit.ly/academicpersonas (35 mins) in advance. Please bring to the workshop a syllabus that you teach / want to teach.
Upcoming Events at the Big Red Barn
Sunday, October 23, 2022:
- Pumpkin Carving and Painting for Students with Families and Graduate and Professional Students from 2 - 4pm
- Diwali Celebration from 6:30pm - 11 pm
Monday, October 24, 2022:
- Let's Meditate from 4 - 5 pm
- Language Circle from 5 - 6 pm
- Sustainable Plant Care and Pot Design from 5:30 - 7 pm
- Swing Dance from 7 - 9:30 pm
Your Brain on Nature
Did you know that decades of research have shown spending time with nature and feeling connected to nature are associated with reductions in stress and depression, improvements in cognition and our ability to focus, and lower heart rate and blood pressure? Spending even 20 - 30 minutes in nature is enough time to reduce your stress.
Take a walk in the woods (or a tree-filled park). You’ll emerge more calm, clear-headed, and energized. Plus, you’ll get a health boost from breathing in immune-strengthening compounds released by trees and plants, called phytoncides. Consider going on a walk with the Cayuga Trails Club: https://cayugatrailsclub.org/events/ or enjoy finding your way through a Corn Maze.
Gaze out the window. Can’t get outside? Just looking at nature through a window or via picture can help. Images of the outdoors are so helpful that one study found that when students looked at photos of a verdant park after performing a set of math problems, their body’s fight or flight response diminished.
Help is available any time day or night by connecting with the following resources. You don't have to be in crisis to take advantage of these free opportunities to speak or chat with a trained professional or volunteer who can listen to your concerns, and offer insight and advice.
- Cornell Health phone consultation (support for students): 607-255-5155
- eni Confidential Counseling Services (support for faculty and staff): 800-327-2255
Ithaca hotlines (24/7):
- Ithaca Crisisline (for anyone): 607-272-1616 or 800-273-TALK (8325)
- Advocacy Center (for sexual violence / relationship violence): 607-277-5000
National hotlines (24/7):
- 988 National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: 988
- Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ): 866-488-7386
- LGBT National Hotline: 888-843-4584
- Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
- RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-4673
National text / chat services (24/7):
- National Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741741
- Steve Fund Crisis Text Line: Text STEVE to 741741 (especially for students of color)
- TrevorChat (chat service) and TrevorText (text line): Text START to 678678 (especially for LGBTQ students)
- 988 Lifeline Chat: connect with counselors via web chat for emotional support and other services
- See listing of international hotlines