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:


In the Intervene workshop, students view a brief video demonstrating ways in which student bystanders can successfully intervene in problematic situations. Seven different situations are addressed, including: sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence (emotional abuse), an alcohol emergency, emotional distress, hazing, and racial bias. Following the video, there is an opportunity for students to engage in a facilitated conversation to reflect upon the attitudes and behaviors that influence the process of intervening as an individual or with assistance. Read more about Intervene.

INTERVENE seven scenarios poster

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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:

View with interactive transcript on CornellCast

Recognize & Respond to Hazing

This interactive workshop explores the reasons why individuals join and maintain membership in groups, teams, and organizations, and how to maintain and promote those positive connections. Participants will learn:

  • the definition of hazing and how to recognize hazing by reviewing signs and examining nuanced scenarios
  • the continuum of hazing and its physical and psychological impact on individuals, groups, teams, and organizations.
  • alternative to hazing that promote group bonding
  • how to use campus/community resources
  • ways to respond in hazing-related situations

Workshops can range in time from 60 – 75 minutes depending on your group’s needs. Contact to request this program. 

Resilience-Based Programming

THRIVE (don't just survive!)

Managing change and the multiple demands placed on a college student's time, energy, and attention can feel overwhelming at times and affect physical and mental health. This session helps students learn ways to meet academic priorities, personal and social needs with skill and confidence.

Participants explore:

  • strategies to manage stress and build their resilience in order to successfully navigate the ups and downs of daily life and to maintain the ability to bounce back from challenging experiences
  • the campus resources that help students thrive (not just survive) at Cornell

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 Catherine Thrasher-Carroll, Mental Health Promotion Coordinator, 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 Catherine Thrasher-Carroll or Eve Abrams 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