Staff members in the Skorton Center for Health Initiatives collaborate with student organizations and other student leaders, as well as faculty and staff, to support the health and well-being of the Cornell campus community. If you’re interested in getting involved in health and wellness initiatives, consider joining one of the student organizations dedicated to health and well-being below:
Cornell topic-specific coalitions
Coalition on Mental Health
The Coalition on Mental Health serves as a forum for staff, faculty, and students to share information and engage in discussion related to emerging trends, research findings, and campus initiatives in support of mental health and well-being. Members of the Coalition examine student health priorities including the promotion of mental health, suicide prevention, alcohol and other drug abuse, and hazing. The Coalition will also address the intersection of these priority areas with sexual and interpersonal violence and bias.
For more information, contact Catherine Thrasher-Carroll, Mental Health Promotion Program Director
Coalition on Sexual Violence Prevention
The Coalition on Sexual Violence Prevention serves as a forum for staff, faculty, students, and community partners to examine the campus environment, consider prevention strategies, policies, procedures, and services, and explore opportunities for fostering cultural change, reducing risks, and increasing support for members of the community affected by sexual violence.
- Cornell's Sexual Harassment and Assault: Response and Education (SHARE) website lists the membership and minutes of this Coalition.
- For more information, contact Nina Cummings, Sexual Violence Prevention Program Director, and Victim Advocate
Greek Health & Wellness Initiative (GHWI)
The Greek Health & Wellness Initiative (GHWI) is a collaboration between the Skorton Center for Health Initiatives and the Greek community. GHWI began in Fall 2012 when fraternity and sorority members approached Cornell Health (formerly Gannett Health Services) as part of a larger campus movement to improve the health & wellness of students. The goal of GHWI is to provide chairs (representatives of Greek chapters) with the support and resources necessary to meet each chapter’s unique physical, mental, and emotional health needs. Chairs are responsible for:
- Defining and pursuing the health & wellness goals of their chapters.
- Fostering healthy chapter environments.
- Supporting their brothers’ and sisters’ well-being
Quotes from past Health and Wellness Chairs:
- “[GHWI] sparks real and easy conversation about things that we tend to ignore or are told to disregard when it comes to being a part of Greek Life.” – IFC Chair, Spring 2017
- “[GHWI is a] great opportunity to discuss issues that aren't normally discussed amongst our chapters. It's so important that more chapters institute this… because there is so much that can be done to improve the health of our communities.” – Panhel Chair, Spring 2017
- “[I like having] the opportunity to help… people who are having problems and help these people resolve their problems. It is a special thing to know that you are part of the reason that someone has become a healthier person.” – IFC Chair, Spring 2017
Partnerships with other student collaborations
- Cayuga’s Watchers:
- Bystander intervention – at student events
- Community education on bystander intervention
- Cornell Minds Matter
- Community Education and Safety Presentations
- GPSA Health and Wellness Committee
- Student Assembly Health and Wellness Committee