Groups Participating

The MHRC is engaging with multiple campus groups, via focus groups, “World Cafes,” and “Telling Stories” sessions. Below are lists of the groups with planned participation thus far.

World Cafés

Cover of PowerPoint presentation of results from World Cafes

View photos & key take-aways from the Fall Semester World Café sessions (CU Net ID required)

The Mental Health Review is utilizing the “World Café” methodology to host large group dialogues about student mental health and well-being at Cornell. In a World Café, participants enter a warm, welcoming environment and engage in small group conversations that create common understandings or strategic solutions. World Cafés held in November focused on understanding “our Cornell ideal for a healthy student, classroom, and campus” (see photos & key take-aways, above).

  • Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi/American students (to be rescheduled, due to weather)
  • Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives, Learning Strategies Center, Office of Global Learning (1/30/20)
  • Student & Campus Life Staff: North Campus (1/9/20)
  • Mental Health Coalition (11/19/19)
  • Dining With Diverse Minds (11/15/19)
  • Biology Student Advisors (11/14/19)

Focus Groups

Focus groups involve groups of students, staff, and faculty:

  • Residential Assistants (2/18/20)
  • Undergraduate academic environment (2/10/20 & 2/13/20)
  • “Open Call” Focus Groups (open to any Cornell undergrad, graduate, or professional student)
    • Tuesday (2/4/20), 5–6 PM, 305 Day Hall
    • Friday (2/7/20), 12–1 PM, (will be rescheduled due to weather)
  • First Generation College students (2/3/20)
  • Student Veterans (1/31/20)
  • Law Students (1/27/20)
  • Latinx Students (1/24/20)
  • Career Services (1/21/20)
  • CAPS Staff (12/20/19)
  • Acapella Singers (12/11/19)
  • Student Disability Services (11/22/19)
  • Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council (11/21/19)
  • Panhellenic Council (11/14/19)
  • Engineering & CIS Directors of Graduate Studies (11/08/19)
  • EARS Peer Counselors (11/06/19)
  • CURW Chaplains (11/06/19)
  • Gender Justice Advocacy Coalition (11/05/19)
  • Law Administrative Committee (11/04/19)
  • Human Ecology EPC/DUS (10/31/19)
  • AAP Students (10/24/19)
  • Sober@Cornell (10/22/19)
  • Student Athlete Advisory Committee (10/21/19)
  • Directors of Graduate Study (10/18/19)
  • CALS Student Advisory Council (10/16/19)
  • Bias Assessment & Review Team (10/16/19)
  • Veterinary Students (10/11/19)
  • CALS Collaboration Team (staff) (10/10/19)
  • ILR Students (10/9/19)
  • Professional Academic Advising Leaders (10/8/19)
  • CALS Faculty (9/27/19)
  • Crisis Managers (9/24 /19)

“Telling Stories” sessions

Telling Stories, consists of 2.5 hour workshops and individual consultations to provide a creative and liberating space for students to write their stories to share with the MHRC and other campus administrators. Telling Stories sessions were led by artist and writer, Traci Kato Kiriyama, who works with college students and community organizers around the country by creating a healing and supportive space for participants to document their stories around mental health, race, class, gender, and/or sexuality. Traci assisted with four campus sessions in November.

  • STEM Graduate students (11/17/19)
  • International Undergraduate Students (11/16/19)
  • International Graduate/Professional Students (11/15/19)
  • Students who Returned from a Health Leave (11/14/19)

Meetings with the External Review Team

The following groups met with the External Review Team between October 28–30, 2019.

  • Community providers
  • Cornell Health staff members
    • Administrative Services leadership team
    • CAPS leadership team
    • CAPS clinicians
    • Medical Department leadership team
    • Medical clinicians
    • Skorton Center for Health Initiatives
    • Student Disability Services
  • Faculty House Deans and Associate Deans
  • Graduate and Professional Advisory Council and GPSA leadership
  • Mental Health Review Committee (MHRC)
  • Representatives from identity based student organizations
  • Representatives from LGBTQ+ student organizations
  • Student and Campus Life leaders
  • Student Mental Health Advocates
  • Threat Assessment Team
  • University Student Services leaders