Thrive @ Cornell

Cornell Newsletter Supporting Your Health & Well-Being

November 3, 2022

Dear Cornell community,

Cornell has long recognized that health and well-being of all students, staff, and faculty is foundational to the academic and personal success and ability to thrive on campus and into the future.

This past month, Cornell University administrators signed the Okanagan Charter signaling Cornell's continued commitment to support holistic well-being for students, staff, and faculty in a formal pledge to promote health and well-being across all facets of university life.

The Okanagan Charter is an important way for Cornell to both reaffirm and formalize our commitment to supporting the health of our students, faculty and staff. It will support us in seeking new ways of incorporating health-promoting behaviors into our campus culture, and in identifying and sharing best practices to support community well-being.

- President Martha Pollack

The Okanagan Charter provides a robust set of principles for how we will continue to approach health and well-being across all domains both inside and outside of the classroom. I’m proud to be making this important public health commitment that will
support all members of the Cornell community.

- Ryan Lombardi, Vice President for Student and Campus Life.

Additional campus programming will take place throughout the rest of the fall semester for students, staff, and faculty in an effort to continue to support everyone's health and well-being. Take a look at the resources and upcoming events highlighted in this newsletter and make a plan to attend an event or use a resource in support of your health and well-being in the weeks ahead.

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

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Resources Spotlight

Students Can Vote on Campus On Election Day - Tuesday, November 8, 2022

The polling place for all students who live on Cornell's campus is Alice Cook House at 709 University Ave. from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Students looking to vote early can find information on the Tompkins County Board of Elections website.

Looking for a Space for a Group Project Meeting?

Consider reserving a space in one of Cornell's libraries for your next group project meeting or study session. Cornell's libraries have several spaces that can be reserved online.

Libraries with spaces available for reservation include: Olin, Uris, Catherwood, Law, Mann, and Carpenter. To see details about the space, including capacity, accessibility, availability, and a photo of the space visit

The Power of Art & Creativity

Have you visited the Johnson Museum of Art yet?

The Museum’s permanent collection numbers 40,000 works, spanning six millennia and encompassing art from most world cultures. Anyone can visit the Museum for free. You can also visit the Rebecca Q. and James C. Morgan Garden located outside adjacent to the Museum building.

Consider signing up to be on the Johnson Museum of Art Student Listserv.

November is Transgender Awareness Month

Cornell Health offers medical and mental health services to students who are transgender, gender-expansive, non-binary, questioning their gender identity, and/or considering hormonal or surgical gender transition. Learn about Cornell Health’s services for gender-expansive students at Gender-Affirming Services.

Two more chances to get your flu shot!

Cornell’s final two on-campus flu vaccine clinics will be held on

  • Thursday, November 10 from 10am - 3pm at Willard Straight Hall
  • Tuesday, November 15 from 3 - 7pm at Becker House.

Flu vaccination is FREE for all students, staff, and faculty. Sign up for a timeslot here.

Upcoming Events (11/3 - 11/17)

Stay Connected: Send a Postcard to Family or Friends

November 4 from 3 - 5pm
626 Thurston Ave, Room 106
(First Friday of every month)

Write a postcard to send to your family and friends (located domestically or internationally) and we will mail it for you! Postcards and snacks provided!

Sustainability: Pumpkin Composting

November 4 from 12 - 6pm
West Campus (Lawn between Bethe House and Rose House)

North Campus (Lawn in front of 626 Thurston Ave)

Join the Residential Sustainability Leaders and Cornell Compost by bringing your unpainted pumpkins to either West Campus or North Campus to help us divert waste from landfills and reduce the environmental impact of your fall celebrations!

Karaoke Night by Class Councils 2025

November 5 from 7 - 9pm
Kaufmann Auditorium (GSH G64)

Join Class Councils in a night of Karaoke featuring DJ Dale!

First Generation Celebration Week at Cornell

November 7 - 11

In partnership with schools and departments from across campus, Cornell is hosting First Generation Celebration Week. This will include opportunities to engage with faculty and staff in dialogue, a networking luncheon, an etiquette dinner, and prizes and swag.

Sign-up via Campus Groups HERE.

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Leadership Workshop: Emotional Intelligence

November 10 from 5 - 7pm
Willard Straight Hall, Room 519 (Fifth Floor Lounge)
Register at Campus Groups

Are you a leader of a student organization wanting to build your emotional intelligence? Join Carol S. James for this two-hour interactive workshop designed for Cornell student leaders who are looking to make informed decisions using your emotional intelligence.

Strategies for Navigating Unsupportive Families and Environments on Break

November 10 from 5:30 - 6:30pm

626 Thurston Avenue, Third Floor Lounge

Are you out but your family isn't supportive? Does your family not know about your LGBTQ+ identity and you need help managing that over break? Come join the LGBT Resource Center for a facilitated conversation with CAPS staff around strategies to navigate being home in potentially unsupportive environments. We will share tips for planning ahead for break, what to do if you need support on break, and how to take care of yourself until you return to campus. Snacks provided.

Veterans Day: November 11, 2022

The Cornell University Veterans Colleague Network Group invites you to an in-person
Celebration of Veterans Day on Friday, November 11:

  • 9am: Cornell Chimes Concert
  • 9:15am: Guided Walking Tour of Cornell Veterans Memorial
    (will start from Barton Hall; meet west side, center door)
  • 10:30am: Light breakfast refreshments at Anabel Taylor Hall, Auditorium 230
  • 11am: Presentation from Mark Minton, President of the Cornell Undergraduate Veterans
    (hosted at Anabel Taylor Hall, Auditorium 230 on the second floor)
    Mark will speak about the path that led him to Cornell and about the continuation of service, whether it be in the military, interagency work, NGO's , or other opportunities for service.

Find the full program details at:

The Basic Needs Workshop Series: Housing Workshop

November 15 from 5 - 6:30pm

Klarman Hall, G42
RSVP on Campus Groups
Email questions to

This is the second session in a two-park workshop discussing what to know before you sign a lease, how to budget for off-campus housing, critical conversations to have before you become roommates and more!

The Basic Needs Workshop Series: SNAP Workshop

November 16 from 5 -6:30pm
Hollister Hall Room 110
RSVP on Campus Groups
Email questions to

The SNAP/Medicaid program provides food assistance for residents of Tompkins County. Come learn about the program and find out how you can qualify.

Participate in a Cornell Well-Being Visioning Session

December 7 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. 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 12/7/22 or sharing your thoughts on a well-being vision for Cornell here.

Especially for New Students

Wellness Wednesday! Connect with Nature: Nature Rx

November 16 from 7 -8pm

RPCC 101

Join Tatkon Peer Leaders and Nature RX leaders for an engaging discussion and workshop on ways to connect with nature on campus and how spending time in nature promotes your overall well-being. Nature Rx @Cornell is a dynamic and growing movement, represented by numerous individuals and units at the university, who have come together with a shared passion for the ways in which the natural beauty of our campus can positively impact every person's well-being. Multiple studies have concluded that spending even a few hours each week in nature can improve mood, cognitive ability, alertness, ability to concentrate, social connection and overall sense of well-being. All students would benefit from spending even a few hours each week exploring the great natural beauty of the Cornell campus.

Especially for Graduate and Professional Students

Chat with Deans at TGIF

November 11 from 4:30 - 5:30pm
Big Red Barn

Dean Kathryn Boor and other Graduate School leaders will be at the Tell a Grad It's Friday (TGIF) on November 11 at the Big Red Barn to meet graduate and professional students. Stop by to chat with Dean Boor!

Nature Up!

Houseplant Sale at the Cornell Botanic Gardens

November 6 from 10am - 1pm

Nevin Welcome Center at the Cornell Botanic Gardens

Enjoying the seasonal changes, but anticipating winter? Liven up the upcoming months with a houseplant! The Learning by Leading Horticulture Enterprise students will be selling a wide variety of houseplants. Beat the seasonal blues by bringing new life and joy into your life and come support the future endeavors of Learning by Leading.

Wreaths and Winter Greens

December 3 from 10am - 12:30pm

Nevin Welcome Center at the Cornell Botanic Gardens
Fee: $35 general admission, $30 Botanic Gardens members, $25 Cornell students
Register by Friday, November 18

Join the Cornell Botanic Gardens for a tour of the Mullestein Winter Garden and make an evergreen wreath to take home in this special holiday program.

Students in the Learning by Leading program will introduce you to the Winter Garden, which features a wide variety of evergreens and plants with winter beauty, and guide you through making your own wreath using cut greens and other decorations. Learn about the cultural lore surrounding evergreen plants and the historical significance of wreaths, and savor some festive holiday treats. Refreshments and all materials will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own decorative embellishments to make your wreath uniquely yours!

24/7 Resources

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 (24/7):

Ithaca hotlines (24/7):

National hotlines (24/7):

National text / chat services (24/7):

International services: