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. 

Jump to Autumn Quarter 2022 Events

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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: Celebrating Autumn

Students will be invited to submit photos for the first "People of PSD" photo contest of 2022. The theme for Autumn Quarter 2022 is "Celebrating Autumn." Autumn in Chicago is a beautiful time, and we'd love to see your photos of fall fun. Some ideas for submissions include admiring the changing trees, apple picking, pumpkin carving, dressing up for Halloween, or however else you enjoy this colorful season in Chicago. 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 4

Winter Warm-Up (January 24, 2023, 2 - 3 pm | Location: ERC 161)

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

PhD Student Community Lunch (January 31, 2023, 12:00 - 1:00 pm | Location: ERC 161)

RSVP deadline: January 25

Week 6

MS Student Community Lunch (February 14, 2023, 12:00 - 1:00 pm | Location: ERC 161)

RSVP deadline: February 8

Week 8

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. 

Spring Quarter

Week 3

PSD Study Break (April 4, 2023, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm | Location: ERC 161)

Please stop by for a free coffee or tea and a sweet treat. PSD MS and PhD students are welcome.

Week 5

PSD Study Break (April 17, 2023, 2:30 - 3:30 pm | Location ERC 161)

Please stop by for a free coffee or tea and a sweet treat. PSD MS and PhD students are welcome.

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. 

Week 8

PSD Study Break (May 9, 2023, 2:00 - 3:00 pm | Location: ERC 161)

Wellness Resources for Students