Thrive @ Cornell Newsletter

Supporting Your Health & Well-Being

February 22, 2022

Dear community,

It's about that time...are you looking forward to February Break? Travel? Stay-cation? Whether skiing, snowboarding, enjoying the extra time in your cozy bed or meeting up for coffee, tea or a meal with friends, we invite you to be present in these moments of fun and downtime from the busy pace of your "regular" school schedule. Enjoy yourself with abandon!

We hope this week's offerings below will help get you primed for a great February Break.

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

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Student Clubs Supporting Peers

EARS (Empathy, Assistance & Referral Service) - provides peer mentoring and outreach to support student mental health. EARS offers weekly, free, peer mentoring opportunities for all Cornell students to have a drop-in conversation with a peer trained to listen and share information about campus resources. Visit to view current peer mentoring hours, locations, and peer mentor bios.

Would you like to be a resource to other members of your Greek chapter, team, club, co-op or other student org? Train with EARS in this 4-part Empathy Chair Workshops Series to develop skills in empathy, active listening, and resource referral-giving to improve your connection with your community!

Register by Friday February 25 by 11:59pm
Register directly here


Cornell Minds Matter - promotes the overall mental and emotional health of Cornell students and works to reduce the stigma of mental illness through providing campus events for students. Visit to view current events to support student mental health and well-being.


Gender Justice Advocacy Coalition

The Gender Justice Advocacy Coalition (GJAC) is a byline-funded student organization committed to justice and advocacy for all genders. GJAC operates out of an intersectional and global lens with a focus on gender-marginalized folks. Visit to learn more about GJAC and ways you can get involved.

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FREE Cornell Fitness Center Access 2/22-2/27

Why February 22nd? It is National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day

Must have a valid Cornell ID card to use the fitness centers or take classes

Fitness Center Hours

Spectrums of Color Black History Month Paint and Sip

Tuesday February 22 from 5-7pm
626 Thurston Ave Room 106
Click here to register

Come chit-chat as we paint and Sip while we discuss a variety of topics including what it's like being a queer BIPOC, People of Color who have made an impact in society, and other fun topics related to Black History Month!

Sponsored by LGBT Resource Center.

Spring 2022 Soup and Hope Series

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"Hope and Being in the Right Place at the Right Time' - Alan Mathios

Thursday, February 24 from 12 - 1pm

Over the past 15 years, dozens of Soup & Hope speakers have touched, inspired, motivated, and stirred the hearts of those who gather during the winter months at Sage Chapel. Stories have come from a wide range of Cornell staff, faculty, students, alumni, and community members. They reflect diverse personal, cultural, religious, political, and philosophical beliefs and experiences. Each story is shared among friends and colleagues, traditionally over bowls of hot soup and bread.

Join in-person at Sage Chapel or on zoom to hear Alan Mathios, a a Professor in the newly formed Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy at Cornell University share some of the key decisions that shaped his journey from life in a small family apartment in Queens to his role as Dean at Cornell.

Register for Alan Mathios' talk (CU NetID required)

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Verdant Views: Anti-Racism in the Outdoors Webinar

Thursday, February 24, 2022

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Free or suggested donation; Pre-Registration Required

After registering you will receive a confirmation email with the webinar link.

The many benefits of spending time in nature have been very well documented in recent years. Unfortunately, a number of national surveys have revealed that BIPOC individuals, and especially Black youth, engage with parks and green spaces at much lower rates than do their white counterparts.

In this episode of Verdant Views, offered in recognition of Black History Month, host Kevin Moss welcomes Don Rakow, associate professor in the Section of Horticulture in Cornell’s School of Integrative Plant Science, and Catherine Thrasher-Carroll, Mental Health Promotion Program Director at the Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell Health.

The presentations will include both a historical framework and current conditions that serve as barriers to greater use by people of color, and will discuss various efforts underway to make natural spaces more open, inviting, and responsive to expressed needs, including the NatureRx@Cornell initiative.

Beyond Waste | Colonialism, Climate Change, Consumerism, and the Need for Collective Change

Thursday February 24 from 3-4:15pm
Click here to register and get zoom link

A call to action for consumers everywhere, Aja Barber asks us to look at how and why we buy what we buy, how it’s created, who it benefits, and how we can solve the problems created by a wasteful system. Join this moderated discussion with Aja Barber followed by a live Q&A with the audience and featuring her new book, Consumed: The need for collective change: colonialism, climate change & consumerism.

Sponsored by Campus Sustainability Office, Women's Resource Center, Holland International Living Center (HILC), Jameson & High Rise 5, North Campus Faculty Programs, CKB, Mews & Loving House, Alice Cook House, Latino Living Center (LLC), and Eco.

The Narrative is a podcast and social media platform created by Jahnay Bryan, College of Arts and Sciences ‘23, dedicated to helping you find you. Building the foundation for an authentic future, The Narrative highlights community leaders and well-known personalities ready to speak their truth. Since its debut in October 2020, podcast host Jahnay Go ("Jahnay Bryan Gooden") has interviewed top personalities including Issa Rae.

This season of The Narrative will be hosted live at Cornell University.

Next up: Thursday February 23rd, 6pm in Goldwin Smith Hall G76

Check out her IG (@thee.narrative) for updates on which student leader will be interviewed next!

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Friday February 25 from 7-8:30pm

Hybrid - Akwe:kon Great Room and via Zoom through CampusGroups registration here

Alf E. Jacques (Onondaga, Turtle Clan) is a renowned wooden lacrosse stick maker and lacrosse player. The art of stick-making is part of traditional Haudenosaunee knowledge and practice passed down from generation to generation. Alf learned how to make lacrosse sticks from his father, Louis Jacques, who taught Alf at age twelve how to carve and web lacrosse sticks. Alf and his father crafted nearly 12,000 lacrosse sticks per year at the height of their stick-making operation in the 1970s. Alf has spent nearly six decades now crafting sticks from shagbark hickory, and is regarded as one of the foremost stick-makers in the world.

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Nature Makes You Happy | Even Watching It On A Screen

Studies show that spending time in nature -- or even just watching it on a screen -- will significantly boost your happiness.

Watch Here: Nature Makes You Happy | BBC Earth - YouTube

Know Your Resources for Student & Campus Well-Being

While there’s much you can do to take care of yourself, there are also a lot of resources available to support your mental and physical health and well-being, and help support your return to campus, classes, and "adulting."

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: