Wellness

Wellness in the PSD

Wellness is a vital component of the graduate student experience. The PSD encourages students to balance their academic pursuits with taking good care of themselves, utilizing resources for well-being, and connecting with others in the PSD and the broader University and Chicago communities. 

The Dean of Students Office will host events and initiatives each quarter to provide students opportunities to focus on wellness. Students will receive additional details about events and initiatives via email and the student newsletter. These events are open to all PSD students. 

Additional wellness resources are available below. 

Autumn Quarter

Week 2

PSD Wellness Fair (October 3, 2022, 1 PM | Location: ERC 161)

Featuring therapy dogs, wellness resources from around campus, opportunities to meet other students, fun activities, and more.

Week 5

People of PSD Photo Contest: Foods of PSD 

Students will be invited to submit photos for the first "People of PSD" photo contest of 2022. As a truly global community, we would love to offer students a window into each others' lives outside labs and classrooms by having you share photos of your favorite foods/culinary traditions. Students will vote on their favorite submissions and the winners will receive a small prize from the Dean of Students Office. Students will receive an email with instructions about how to participate. 

View past submissions online

Week 7

Community Lunch (Date TBD) 

Winter Quarter

Week 2

People of PSD Photo Contest: Pets of PSD

Students will be invited to submit photos for the second photo contest of this academic year featuring their pets. Pets are a source of love and support for many of our students, and we will invite students to share their most favorite pet photos with their peers. Students will vote on their favorite submissions and the winners will receive a small prize from the Dean of Students Office. Students will receive an email with instructions about how to participate. 

View past submissions online

Week 3

Winter Warm-Up (Date TBD)

Students will be invited to warm up during Chicago's coldest months by grabbing a hot chocolate, tea, or coffee and some sweet treats. We encourage students to take a short break from studying or research and receive free treats.

Week 5

Wellness Event with a Campus Partner (Date TBD) (e.g. Yoga Break)

The Dean of Students Office will invite a wellness-focused campus partner to offer a workshop or wellness activity for PSD students. 

Week 8

Community Lunch (Date TBD)

Spring Quarter

Week 3

Community Lunch (Date TBD)

Week 5

Wellness Event with a Campus Partner (Date TBD) (e.g. Self-Care and Stress Management workshop)

The Dean of Students Office will invite a wellness-focused campus partner to offer a workshop or wellness activity for PSD students.

Week 7 

PSD Plant Giveaway

Recent studies have shown that interactions with nature and plants can help reduce physiological and psychological stress and increase happiness, productivity and creativity. The Dean of Students Office will offer a free plant to PSD students who sign up for this event. Details, including information about how to sign up, will be sent via email. 

Wellness Resources for Students