The Cornell Quaranzine

Supporting Your Well-being - Spring 2021


Dear Community,

Can you believe that we’re just a little over two weeks away from the last day of classes?! We congratulate you on making it this far and encourage you to keep putting one foot in front of the other in these last few strides towards the finish line. In this edition of the Quaranzine, we share events, activities and resources to help strengthen your resilience for the final weeks of the semester ahead!

Wishing you wellness,

The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives

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But First: A Self Check-in

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Resilience is your ability to cope with and bounce back from stress and adversity, and hopefully even grow through the experience. The truth is, resilience is a fluid state and there is much you can do to strengthen it. This Resilience Pyramid shows behaviors and strategies that can actually help absorb the impact of smaller stressors and daily hassles you may experience, as well as help you to be flexible when faced with greater or multiple challenges.

Practice, engage, reflect, make meaning and be your best self. You've got this!

To learn more about building your resilience:


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When: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7:00pm

Where: Stream HERE

Join the Tatkon Center for this free, 45-minute movement-dance class. Complete required sign-in and waiver immediately before the start of class to get access to the class link. Stay afterwards and make new friends. Organized for first years and transfers and open to everyone.


Lawn Games on Rawlings Green

Wed, Apr 28, 3:30-5pm

Come out and play games, in-person! no registration required; just show up!

Weather permitting. Masks required. Rawlings Green is across from Helen Newman Gym.

Each Wednesday through May 12.

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Movie Night on the Quad!

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What: Movie Night on the Quad - Do the Right Thing

When: Thursday 4/29; seating opens at 7:30pm

Where: Arts Quad

For more info/ to register: and

Invite your small group of friends to attend together, and keep in mind that COVID-related safety is the top priority for all in-person events hosted by the Campus Activities office. They will be carefully designating space on the arts quad for students to enjoy the film, and watching attendance numbers to make sure that screening is not over-populated. Attendees can sit with a group. Staff and student volunteers will be working the event to enforce health and safety measures.

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What: Working Class Heroes Concert
When: Friday April 30 from 3pm-4pm
Where: Register today!
Join us for a concert with Mat Callahan & Yvonne Moore, who will sing American working-class, pre-WWII folk songs that tell the stories of the women and men who gave their lives to emancipate the working class. This Union Days event is sponsored by The Worker Institute, ILR Office of Career Services, the Graduate Labor Organization (GLO), MILRSO, and Peoples’ Organizing Collective (POC) USAS Local #3.

Walk & Talk: Discover the Cascadilla Gorge Trail

Fri, April 30, 5:30pm

Register Here

Join the Tatkon Center for First-Year Students staff member and Communications senior, Niko, for a relaxing, guided walk through Cascadilla gorge to downtown. Check out a downtown eatery for dinner? This gorge is owned by Cornell and one of Ithaca’s most spectacular trails complete with many mini waterfalls. Meet and chat with other first-year students in person. Masks required.

Meet in front of Willard Straight Hall at 5:30pm. RSVP required on Campus Groups. All welcome. Wear non-slip footwear and bring your ID if you want to return via bus. Plan on a 45-minute walk through the gorge to downtown.

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Events for Graduate & Professional Students

Virtual Game Night

Thursday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Join the Barn staff to play Among Us! Meet other graduate students, take a break from work, and enjoy a fun interactive game. Prizes will be awarded to the winning students.

Register here:

Virtual Trivia

Tuesday, May 4 at 8:00 p.m.

Sign up by 10:00 a.m. on Monday 5/3. to join us to play online:

We accept teams, or if you don't have a team, just sign in and we will find you one.


Sun, May 2, 3:30-4:15pm

Rawlings Green, (across from Helen Newman Gym)

Join us for an open-air, free, 60-minute movement-dance class on the grass.

Arrive a few minutes early to complete required waiver. Sponsored by Student & Campus Life, the Tatkon Center for First-Year Students, and Cornell Recreation. This class will run weekly through May 16 weather permitting. Limited to 30 people.
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Safe Hike – Check out the GPS-enabled Ithaca trails map for information on trails, including the views, length and level of difficulty on each trail. Hike with a partner and remember to stay safe near the gorges – remain on designated pathways and be aware of wet or closed trails, loose rocks and other hazards. The snow will stop at some point!


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What: A Conversation with Jose Antonio Vargas

When: April 28, 2021, at 6pm

Where: To register for the event, please visit:

A collaboration with the Undocumented Student Support Office, Asian & Asian American Center, LGBT Resource Center, First-Generation and Low-Income Student Support Office, ALANA, Cornell DREAM Team, and HAVEN: The LGBTQ+ Student Union.

About Jose Antonio Vargas: A journalist for over a decade writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country, Jose Antonio Vargas’ personal journey contends with some of the most fascinating stories he’s covered, living a double life since he was 16 years old. After being born and reared in the Philippines, his mother, wanting to give her son a better life, sent him to live with his grandparents in Silicon Valley in 1993.

Vargas loved his new homeland and immersed himself in American culture, spoke the language perfectly, studied hard in school and loved writing for the school paper. However, at 16 years old when applying for his Learner’s permit at the DMV, he discovered his green card was a fake, which was later confirmed by his grandfather. Vargas then realized he needed to continue hiding his true identity to avoid deportation and be able to pursue his American dream – a successful career in journalism.

“A Beginner Antiracism and Allyship Journey for Students”

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When: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Where: Register in advance:

This beginner workshop is intended for students who want to explore the role of allies in anti-racist, equity work in the context of Black Lives Matter. We’ll introduce concepts such as racism, antiracism, whiteness, allyship and create space for you to ask questions about the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial for the murder of George Floyd and police violence against Black and brown bodies. Participants will also be provided resources for their continual learning and engagement. Please note: this workshop is designed for those who are new to these topics.

Hosted by the Dean of Students, Diversity & Inclusion Team

Reflect @Cornell Roundtable Conversation & Chance to Win BRBs!

Monday, May 3, 2021 Dinner 5 - 6pm

Reflect at Cornell is dedicated to de-stigmatizing mental health and improving the mental health of students by providing them a safe forum to engage in open and honest discussion. Cornell Reflect takes a proactive approach to solving the current college and graduate student mental health crisis by leading students to care for their mental health as a normal part of everyday life. At Reflect meetings, members meet to discuss topics such as jobs, stress, and relationships in a safe-space setting. Food is served alongside small group discussions moderated by trained students. Learn more about Reflect at Cornell.


WRC Presents: Unpacking My Money Story, Healing Our Collective Trauma

Wednesday April 28th 7pm

In this virtual workshop, participants will unpack and grapple with their personal money story. In the process of radical self-examination, they will uncover the cognitive traps, distortions, and origins of their current financial behaviors and beliefs.

Together participants will rewrite these money stories to ensure that they empower & promote healthy money habits, and help participants begin a journey to healing generational scars of shame, confusion, and anxiety around money, self-worth, and wealth-building.

The keynote speaker for this event will be Kara Stevens, founder of the award-winning financial wellness platform The Frugal Feminista.

To register:

The WRC Invites You to Take Back the Night 2021

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42 years after the first Take Back the Night march in Ithaca, we're still here. 27 years after the Violence Against Women Act was passed, we’re still here. Emerging from a global pandemic, we’re still here.

Please join us Friday April 30th from 6-7pm as we honor those impacted by sexual and relationship violence during our 42nd annual Take Back the Night. Stay tuned for more information about the event, and how to participate in this year’s Speak Out Information can be found on the Advocacy Center of Tompkins County Facebook page.

What: ASHI CPR/AED and Basic First Aid

When: Saturday and Sunday Mornings from 10am-2:30pm

Where: East Hill Office Building (395 Pine Tree Road)

Enroll in CULearn: "EHS 5350 AED/CPR" and/or "EHS 5360 First Aid."

Visit the following link: for more information.

Cornell University EMS is pleased to provide a variety of training and educational programs to the Cornell community free-of-charge, in an effort to prepare bystanders to act in the event of a medical emergency.

This weekly Adult CPR/AED Certification course is offered every Saturday/Sunday of the academic year from 10 AM - 1 PM. A Basic First Aid Course is offered every Saturday of the academic year from 1 PM-2:30 PM. Sponsored by Cornell University Emergency Medical Service (CUEMS).


New Mindful Practice Series

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Make the Connection Between Moving Your Body and Your Mental Wellness

  • Monday, May 3-Friday, May 14, 2021.
  • Register Here. Registration open now through April 30.
  • Take part in this 2-week spring challenge to receive: Ideas for Activities, Movement Motivation, and Daily Reflections, plus more! This challenge is fully virtual. Learn more.

Register for the Movement For The Mind spring challenge and focus on the benefits moving your body can have on your mental wellness. You'll be supported and encouraged to move more and take time for reflecting. Wellness and Recreation staff will provide opportunities for accountability and engagement throughout the two weeks. The challenge to you is to move your body, every day for two weeks and then reflect on your movement and how it made you feel in body, mind & spirit, with work and school related tasks, and with other aspects of your life.

Lavender Graduation is a ceremony that celebrates the achievements of graduating undergraduate, and graduate and professional students in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and ally (LGBTQQIA+) community from Cornell University.

Come celebrate the class of 2021by registering to attend the ceremony live on May 13th at 7:00 PM EDT here:

Graduates, Register by May 9th to participate in the ceremony

You'll have the opportunity to be featured in the recognition ceremony, photo slide show, and recognize a significant supporter. Fill out the Campus Groups registration form here:

Nominate someone for our Lavender Graduation Awards!

Each year we recognize graduating students and campus partners who have contributed to the LGBTQ+ community at Cornell. Anyone affiliated with Cornell can nominate for the Angel R. Hierro Lambda Award, the Coalition Building & Community Activism Award, or the Coalition Building & Community Activism Award. Nominate someone here:

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Cornellians are protecting Cornell by getting vaccinated!

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Let's (Tele) Talk Drop-in Consultation

Let's (Tele) Talk is a drop-in service that offers informal, confidential consultation with a Cornell Health counselor. Sessions are available by Zoom during the times listed in the current schedule. 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. See the Spring 2021 schedule and 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