Ask a Dean Category: Health and Wellness

Can you consider posting the following mental health resource?

Dear Grad School Deans, The following might be a useful service if someone is feeling stressed/lonely. You could consider including it in the weekly announcements. Good alternate resource if people can’t get an appointment with Cornell Counseling. I used it yesterday and it was helpful. (There are enough disclaimers before the start of the call…

Is Cornell considering taking actions to offer support to our local community and mitigate the burden on our health care system?

Dear Dean, Is Cornell considering taking any of the actions recommended by President Monaco of Tufts to offer support to our local community and mitigate the growing burden our health care system faces due to the coronavirus? For example, now with vacant dormitories, we could: donate supplies to the local hospitals, identify residential units on…

What should grad students’ expectations be of the TGIF schedule throughout the semester?

Hello Deans, I am in total support of the university’s measures to take good care of all its collaborators with respect to the spread of COVID-19, but I’m concerned about the implications to BRB’s TGIFs. What should our – grad students’ – expectations be about the maintenance of TGIF’s schedule throughout the semester? Best regards,…

Can the country-specific language be removed from the original COVID-19 Ask a Dean message?

Dear Dean, I recently came across this post when searching for information about COVID-19 on the Cornell website. I find the wording of the original Ask a Dean message may infer an unnecessary and incorrect correlation between COVID-19 and the Chinese students who study at Cornell University. This may consequently result in misinformation to other…

In response to the recent anti-Asian and anti-Chinese views, what specific steps is Cornell taking to ensure the integrity of anti-discrimination policies?

Dear Deans, I had a question for the Ask a Dean column. I am submitting because it concerns an event that really every graduate student had an opportunity to experience, since it was in the newsletter—although so far I am not sure how many of my colleagues will have seen it by the time I…