Wellness Center updates and workshops

The Wellness Center reception area is now open Tuesdays 11-3, and Thursdays 9-2 to serve our students in person.


Below is a list of upcoming workshops, as well as groups which are currently open and accepting new students.

Empowering International Students in a Challenging Sociocultural Climate

Thursday, Nov 18, 2021, 6-7:30 PM

Facilitators: Dr. Vivi W. Hua & Tingyun Tseng

This workshop aims to provide a space for international students to come together and reflect on their experiences in the U.S. both on and off campus. We will highlight common interpersonal and cross-cultural situations where students tend to feel unheard or unseen and discuss what students can do to empower and advocate for themselves under these circumstances.

Register in advance for this meeting (Please use your GC or SOJ email address)

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Grief and Loss workshop

Date: December 4, 2021 (Saturday)

Time:  7pm-8:30pm

Facilitators:  Dr. Aki Morita and Erzulie Coquillon

It has been over a year since Covid-19 swept through the world. While the death rate is significantly dropping due to medical advancement, we are still challenged with recovering our sense of normalcy, security and safety. What comes after? A huge wave of grief. If not by Covid-19 losses, we are all experiencing some type of secondary grief, including loss of some college experience, work opportunities, building new relationships, and family time. Some losses are harder to manage than others.

Register in advance for this meeting (You must use your GC or SOJ email address to register for this workshop).  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Please visit our website for a calendar of workshops & supportive spaces for the Fall 2021 semester



Grief Support Group

Mondays 1:30-2:30pm via Zoom

The Grief Support Group is for graduate students who have lost a loved one in recent years and would like a supportive space to grieve. We know how hard it can be to carry on with your many roles and responsibilities after a major loss. Setting aside time to grieve with others who understand can help you heal. In the group, you will be invited to speak about your loved one (at your own pace), about the impacts of the loss and about navigating the broad range of feelings and physical sensations that can be present. There is no one right way to grieve and we will honor the range of ways that each member is journeying through their loss. While there are many kinds of losses that bring up grief, this group is specifically for those whose loved ones have passed away. If you want to find out whether this group could be a good fit for you, please request services at the Wellness Center indicating your interest in the group. One of the group co-facilitators will reach out to you to schedule a time to meet.

Group co-facilitators: Arielle Shanok, PhD, Deputy Director of Wellness Center for Student Counseling and Erzulie Coquillon, JD, MA, Clinical Fellow


First-Generation Graduate Student Support Group

Mondays 11am-12:15pm via Zoom

Congratulations! You’re the first in your family to go to graduate school. And yet…

  • Do you feel like you’re the only one who doesn’t get how academia works?
  • Are you doubting yourself? Or are you feeling conflicted about being here?
  • Does your family not understand the pressures of being a grad student? Do you ever feel guilty for being here? Embarrassed?

If so, you are not alone.  Navigating graduate school can be complex.  This group is meant to provide a space for first-generation graduate students to support each other and to share their feelings and experiences.

Group co-facilitators: Dr. Inez Strama, Supervising Clinical Psychologist for Student Counseling and Erzulie Coquillon, JD, MA, Clinical Fellow


Master Thesis & Capstone Project Support Group

Tuesdays 3-4:15pm via Zoom

This is a weekly support group for GC Master’s students working on their theses & capstone projects. Students from all programs, at all stages in the process, are welcome. You are not alone! This is a space for you to give and receive peer support & accountability, and to learn practical strategies in navigating the process.

Group co-facilitators: Dr. Inez Strama, Supervising Clinical Psychologist for Student Counseling and Ms. Danielle Hazeltine, Clinical Fellow

If you are interested in joining any of these groups, please complete our Request for Services form (attached) and email it to wellness@gc.cuny.edu (please include a picture of your student I.D.)

​You may also submit your request in person on Tuesdays 11-3 and Thursdays 9-2 in room 6422.

An individual screening with group facilitator(s) is required. You must be a registered student of the Graduate Center or Craig Newmark School of Journalism to be eligible to join.​

Wellness Center

The Graduate Center

City University of New York

365 Fifth Avenue, Suite 6422

New York, NY 10016




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