Staff members in the Skorton Center for Health Initiatives collaborate with student organizations and other campus leaders 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 the following initiatives and student organizations:
Cornell topic-specific coalitions and councils
Contact these Skorton Center to learn more about getting involved in these campus efforts for students, staff, and faculty:
- Hazing (contact Timothy Marchell)
- Alcohol and Other Drugs (contact Laura Santacrose)
- Mental Health (contact Catherine Thrasher-Carroll)
- Sexual Violence (contact Nina Cummings)
Greek Health & Wellness Initiative (GHWI)
The GHWI is a collaboration between the Skorton Center for Health Initiatives and the Greek community. The goal of the GHWI is to provide Greek Health & Wellness Chairs (representatives of Greek chapters) with the support and resources necessary to meet each chapters’ unique physical, mental, and emotional health needs. Greek chapters who are interested in getting involved should contact the Public Health Fellows, Elsie Ikpot and Grace Robbins, who coordinate the GHWI.
- The Role of Health & Wellness Chairs:
Chairs are responsible for supporting healthy chapter environments, supporting the health and wellness goals of their chapters, fostering positive culture change and coordinating programs on health topics within their Greek chapters. They :
- Grow and deepen their facilitation and communication skills
- Refer chapter members to campus resources for support
- Encourage an environment within their chapters that promotes health and wellness
- Empower their chapters by sharing interesting health and well-being tips and information
- Kick-off and maintain a collaborative relationship with the Public Health Fellows
- Quotes from past Health and Wellness Chairs:
- Fraternity Health & Wellness Chair: "I believe it is incredibly beneficial to the community as well as the individual chapters to have at least one Health & Wellness Chair to foster the well-being of our community and build connections with other Health and Wellness Chairs from (other) Councils."
- Sorority Health & Wellness Chair: "A lot of the public health issues that arise in Greek life are too often just swept under the carpet... The initiative offers very informative lectures and innovative approaches to situations as opposed to pure 'don't do it' policy."
- Fraternity Health & Wellness Chair: "Greek life faces challenges which are shared by all college organizations (i.e. alcohol and other drug safety), but also hazing and other challenges, which occur at higher frequencies. Greek Health and Wellness Chairs can save your chapter and improve its membership value."
- History of the Greek Health and Wellness Initiative:
The Greek Health & Wellness Initiative began when fraternity and sorority members approached Cornell Health in Fall 2012:
- as part of a larger movement on campus to improve the health and well-being of students
- with a particular focus on creating a community in which students recognized and respond to other students who may be struggling and where students who are struggling feel comfortable seeking support
In Spring 2013, the Public Health Fellows piloted a Greek health initiative with six chapters (three PanHellenic and three Interfraternity Council). Initially, the students saw these ‘Health and Wellness Chairs’ as an opportunity for the Greek community to get directly involved in efforts to promote health and wellness on campus. As a result, they established a partnership with Cornell Health (to provide training, resources, and continuity from year to year) to serve as a direct resource for students in this position. The initiative has expanded to all three Greek Letter Councils and in the Spring of 2016 PH and IFC participation expanded to cover near every chapter.
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