Programming for Students

Below is a list of health-related programming the staff members in the Skorton Center for Health Initiatives and campus partners offer to student groups. We are happy to tailor the content to the needs of your group. 

Bystander Intervention Programming:


This interactive workshop uses an award winning, evidence-based film that portrays student bystanders successfully intervening in seven distinct problematic situations: sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence (emotional abuse), racial bias, an alcohol emergency, emotional distress, and hazing.

  • The film demonstrates a variety of intervention skills including communicating directly with the person causing the problem or the person in need of assistance, creating a diversion or a distraction to change the situation, or calling upon others (students, staff, emergency personnel, etc.) for additional support and assistance.
  • Following the video, a facilitated conversation allows student to reflect upon specific attitudes and behaviors that influence the process of intervening as an individual or with assistance from others. Power dynamics, cultural considerations, authentic communication strategies are examined to increase the likelihood of successfully intervening in a variety of situations that college students may encounter.  
  • Workshops can range in time from 60–75 minutes depending on your group’s needs. Contact to request this program

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Learn more about Intervene.

Notice & Respond: Friend 2 Friend

This interactive bystander education program teaches students:

  • how to identify signs that might indicate that a friend is struggling emotionally
  • how to effectively talk about it with them, and
  • where to find assistance and support for various situations.

Using a realistic filmed scenario, facilitated discussion, and a review of campus resources, students are given tools and information to help them take care of themselves and to keep their friends safe and healthy. Participants also discuss common concerns that may prevent students from reaching out to others. Workshops can range in time from 60–90 minutes depending on your group’s needs. Contact to request this program. 

View the video trailer:

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Resilience-Based Programming

THRIVE: Don’t just survive at Cornell (a resilience-based stress management program)

Stress is an inevitable part of the college experience (and life in general). The goal isn’t to get rid of stress, but rather to learn to respond well to it. This interactive program provides students with opportunities to try out cognitive strategies like mindfulness, time management and growth mindset, and practice self-care strategies, and learn why it’s okay to ask for help (and where to go).

Using a variety of modalities including PowerPoint slides, short video clips, and experiential activities, participants leave the workshop better prepared to navigate the academic, social, and personal experiences of college life. 

Participants explore:

  • specific strategies to build emotional resilience in order to keep stress in check and successfully navigate the ups and downs of daily life
  • campus resources available to support students’ physical, mental, emotional, academic, and social well-being, so they can thrive 

Workshops can range in time from 60–90 minutes depending on the group’s needs. Contact to request this program.

Let’s CU Sleep

Want to get better sleep? Sleep is a conditioned behavior that you can learn to improve using the quick tips presented in this interactive workshop. Developed by Cornell students, this 30- to 50-minute workshop explores the science of sleep, Cornell’s sleep culture, and practical resources. Contact to request this program.

Mindfulness Meditation 

Cultivating a practice of mindfulness is a smart investment in your career, your health, and your overall happiness.Those who meditate seem to feel better, do better, and find the practice sustains them in their academic, personal and professional lives. Read more about Mindfulness Meditation. This workshop is 30 minutes long. Contact or to request this program.

Sexual Violence Prevention Programming

Preventing Sexual Violence

Interactive discussions are tailored for groups requesting programs on sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and/or stalking. Students are given tools and information to help them understand definitions, available resources, how to be an active bystander, and how to respond to a friend who has shared an experience of abuse or violence. Contact to request this program