The Cornell Quaranzine

Supporting Your Well-being - Spring 2021


Dear Community,

Take a long, slow deep breath. Prioritize your list. Focus on one thing at a time. Then give yourself permission to fully enjoy your Wellness Days which start this Friday. Cornell will be hosting a number of events during this time, many of which are detailed below. It will be the perfect opportunity to refresh yourself for the last stretch of the semester prior to finals period.

Wishing you wellness,

The Skorton Center for Health Initiatives

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But First: A Self Check-in

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This week is Earth Day (Thursday, April 22)! If there ever was a time to go on that walk, take that hike, or engage in any other form of outdoor activity, now is certainly the time! There are plenty of opportunities to explore nature, especially now with more nature trails starting to open up. If you are in need of ideas, check out this article from 2020 that has a list of 50 activities that demonstrate the spirit of Earth day. Here are just a few examples:

  • Explore local parks. Head outdoors for some fresh air while exploring your local parks. Remember to practice physical distancing, avoid playground equipment and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
  • Start ploggingthat’s picking up litter while out for a jog. And then you can say you’re a plogger.
  • Choose reusable straws, cups, to-go containers, and utensils to decrease dependence on single-use plastics.
  • Learn about pollinators at the Cornell Botanic Gardens Buzzline:

  • Plant a tree. Trees provide shade and help absorb water that would otherwise runoff into storm drains.
  • Commit to recycling right! Check out what is acceptable in your locality and make a firm commitment to only place the correct items in the recycling bin.
  • Use earth-friendly cleaning products. You’ll be surprised by how much you can accomplish with vinegar or baking soda.
  • Engage digitally. Although the Earth Day Network is unable to host large gatherings to celebrate Earth Day this year, they plan to launch a digital Earth Day!

Big Red Barn Event for Graduate Students: Dating in the Post-COVID Era

When: Wednesday, April 21 at 5:00 p.m.

Register here: Dating in the Post-COVID Era

Join the Barn staff for an informal conversation about online and in-person dating.

When Justice Isn’t Justice: Processing the Chauvin Verdict

When: Wednesday April 21, 8 p.m.

Join us to process the verdict, the impact of racial trauma on the body, and anything else on your mind. This is an effort to allow for people to sit with the verdict and then gather and reflect/process guided by using content from Cole Arthur Riley’s @BlackLiturgies
Meeting ID: 952 9881 5246
Passcode: 621522

Sponsored by Office of Spirituality and Meaning Making, Cornell United Religious Work, and the Office of Multicultural Student Leadership and Empowerment

Additional processing and reflection opportunities for students will be available over the next several days.

What: Weekly Meditation with Ruth Merle-Doyle

When: Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 9:00am to 9:30am (More dates through May 27, 2021)

Where: Register here

Join these 30-minute weekly guided mindfulness meditation sessions facilitated by Kerry Howell and Ruth Merle-Doyle, Cornell Wellness staff, live through Zoom. Sit with your eyes closed, or gaze lowered, in a comfortable space while you are led through a meditation designed to enhance your mindfulness through focusing on the breath and bringing calmness to the distracted mind. These sessions are perfect for the beginner up to the advanced. There are many facilitators providing guided meditations through Cornell Health's Let's Meditate program and offerings in languages such as English, Spanish, and Mandarin. See a full listing of all of these virtual meditations on Cornell Health's Let's Meditate website. Once registered, you will receive the access link that will allow you to join as many of these weekly meditations as you are able to. If you have any trouble registering, please contact Ruth E. Merle-Doyle <> .

Bird Watching from your Room

What: Spring Migration Webinar

When: Thursday, April 22, 12 p.m. Eastern

Where: Register now!

Each spring, billions of birds fly northward, making April and May among the very best months to be a birdwatcher in North America. Let's get ready for that flood of orioles, hummingbirds, warblers, raptors, and more! Join this webinar on April 22 at noon Eastern to discover the fundamentals of spring migration. You’ll pick up tips on forecasting bird migration, locating birds near you, and identifying them. Learn how to use size, shape, color, pattern, habitat, and behavior as keys to an ID. Our expert panelists will share their favorite approaches to birding during the remarkable spring migration season. Come enjoy the discussion and hear how you can participate in Global Big Day, an annual celebration of birds near you.

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In May 2019, Richard Louv wrote this cover story for Sierra Magazine, calling for recognition of nature as a basic human right for all people—and for recognition of the inherent rights of nature. Click here to read a republishing of this article in honor of Earth Day 2021, as the world emerges from a pandemic that has reminded us of our critical need for a healthy planet, and the fact that too many people lack access to safe, outdoor green spaces.

Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Virtual Event: Earth Day Fete: Dark Laboratory Photographic Narrative Virtual Exhibition Launch

Join the Dark Laboratory for a celebration and virtual gallery debut of photographers who are the winners of the inaugural Dark Laboratory Photo Essay Prize. Ranging from portraiture to landscape, each work touches on the intersections of Black and Indigenous life across the Western hemisphere. Curators, jurors, and prize winners will speak about the artwork and essays to honor how our ecological futures depend on reckoning with the crossroads of Black and Native life.

Earth Day Trivia 2021

Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm Virtual Event

This Earth Day, join hosts Kenneth McLaurin and SingTrece for an evening of comedy and trivia. We'll compete for prizes while testing our collective climate knowledge and celebrating local connections, solidarity, and action.

Between trivia questions and laughs, your hosts will share information about local efforts to strengthen human and environmental health and liberation.

The event will be hosted on, an interactive platform that allows you to participate live from anywhere in the world, right from your computer. Teams are not required - play on your own, or with your household!

Register in advance at Once you have entered your email address and clicked “Join Event,” you’ll be added to the participant list and will receive a reminder email from the organizers. Be sure to add this event to your calendar - you won't want to miss it!

Movie Night on the Quad!

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What: Movie Night on the Quad - Shrek (20th Anniversary)

When: Thursday 4/22; 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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Students who wish to participate in the on-campus clinic must enroll in the TCHD COVID-19 Vaccine Registry. If you have previously registered and indicated that you are a Cornell student, you do not need to register again. Beginning tomorrow afternoon, please monitor your email (including spam folder) for an invitation to sign up for an appointment.

The Moderna vaccine is a two-dose vaccine. Your appointment to receive your second dose will be on May 25 at the same time of day as your first dose appointment. These second dose appointments will again be held on campus. If you choose to get your first dose on April 23, but you are unable to receive your second dose on May 25, you can request to reschedule your second dose appointment through the TCHD, where you will be notified of additional opportunities to receive your second dose. There are no classes over wellness days (April 23-26) when this first dose will be administered.

If you decide to take advantage of this vaccination opportunity on April 23, we encourage you to make arrangements to stay in Ithaca to receive the second dose on May 25 if at all possible

Drag Me To School 2021 Show & Social

Friday April 23rd @ 7:00PM EST


We just wrapped up another amazing year of Drag Me to School! Thanks to everyone that participated! To celebrate the course, show off what people learned, and just have fun, we are going to have a social event on April 23rd! If you have made a video that you want to share, have been practicing your mug, or just want to hang out and kiki, this is the event for you.

Kitschy, Lea, and I will be there to chit chat, answer any questions, and celebrate all your work! We will also show some of OUR videos that we have produced to talk about different techniques that we used.

It's going to be a drag-tastic time, so be sure to mark it on your calendar! Register and invite some friends too!
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What: Collage-making with London-based Artist Sharon Walters

When: Saturday, Apr 24, 2021 from 12pm – 1:30pm EDT

Where: Willard Straight Hall. Check out the event HERE!

Join London-based collage artist, Sharon Walters (, in an hour and a half-long, art-making workshop. Inspired by her series Seeing Ourselves, join for a discussion of themes of representation of black female artists, creativity, and mental health. Walters’ most recent collaborations include the Tate London, BBC London Radio, and Royal Museums Greenwich and has also showcased her work on ITV Create.

Before this workshop, we encourage you to look at Sharon Walter’s Instagram and her website to learn about her and think about what you want to make during this workshop. You will have the opportunity to ask Sharon questions during the event.

Museum Club members will be handing out glue sticks and magazines to work with during the workshop on Friday, April 23 on the Arts Quad! Come by if you need art supplies or want to chat about the event.Prior to the event, it is recommended that you gather images (either printed or in magazines), paper (or cardboard), scissors (or exacto knife) and some type of adhesive (glue, tape, paint, etc.).

Virtual Spring Cocktail Masterclass with the Big Red Barn

Saturday, April 24 at 5:00 p.m.

Register here: Virtual Spring Cocktail Masterclass

Demonstrations, prizes, tips, and spring themed cocktails with the Barn, ft. Dustin Freeley from Cornell Dining.

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Online Biology Tutoring

The Learning Strategies Center provides FREE tutoring to ALL Cornell undergraduate students in BIOMG 1350 and BIOG 1440. Even if you're not in those classes, our tutors have experience in a variety of bio classes so be sure to stop by!

Self-enroll in theCanvas site for access to hours and Zoom link:

-Mondays 9-11am ET and 6-8pm ET
-Tuesdays 9-11am ET and 6-7pm ET
-Wednesdays 10-11am ET and 6-8pm ET
-Thursdays 9-11am ET and 6-8pm ET
-Some Sunday afternoons before prelims (Schedule announced on Canvas).

Find other, free tutoring services here:

An App Geared Toward Supporting Black Mental Health

"The Safe Place" is a Mental Health App geared towards the Black Community. The Purpose of the "Safe Place" is to bring more awareness, education, and hope to this serious issue. Not only can the black community benefit from this app, but also mental health professionals, friends, and family, of ALL colors can be better educated on this issue and do a service by directing their black friends, co-workers, etc. to the app. People of all races experience mental illness, can be different because of race and social background. "The Safe Place" can also be a great learning tool for medical and mental health professionals to better understand their black patients.

The app is free and available here:

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.

Free CAPS Workshops

Wednesday, April 21:

  • Avoiding Common Nutrition Myths and Mistakes – Solutions for Healthy, Balanced Eating
    7:00-8:00 pm
    Facilitators: Jennnie Bernstein, PsyD, and Cindy Milner, RDN
    Register for the April 21 Nutrition workshop
    Join psychologist Jennie Bernstein, PsyD, and nutritionist, Cindy Milner, RDN, to learn about common nutrition and health-relation misconceptions! We’ll address questions frequently asked by students about the latest diets trends, the connection between food and mood, meal and snack planning, eating on a budget and more!

Thursday, April 22:

  • Shhh, I Don't Belong Here: Understanding Imposter "Syndrome"
    3:00-4:00 pm
    Facilitator: Wai-Kwong Wong, PhD
    Register for the April 22 Imposter Syndrome workshop
    Do you sometimes feel like a fraud; like somehow you don’t really belong here at Cornell and that all the others around you know what they’re talking about and you don’t? For what it’s worth, you’re not alone. Come learn more about the Imposter “Syndrome.”

Friday, April 23:

  • What is My Problem? The Science (and Art) of Procrastination
    3:00-4:00 pm
    Facilitator: Wai-Kwong Wong, PhD
    Register for the April 23 Procrastination workshop
    Do you procrastinate? Are you doing it right now? Are you sick and frustrated because you keep doing this to yourself? Come learn about procrastination and how you might get more done in your life.

Save The Date

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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 will we rewrite these money stories to ensure that they empower, promote healthy money habits, and 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:

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