Wellness Leadership Institute


For questions or to request accommodations, please email Barnes Center at The Arch Health Promotion or call 315.443.8000.


Students are encouraged to self-register on the Wellness Portal for workshops. If this is your first time using the Wellness Portal, learn more on the Wellness Portal Instructional webpage

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  • Wellness Education Request Form: With advance notice, refer/require participation, request attendance verification, request workshop videos for classes and groups.
  • Encourage Student Self-Registration: Shareable instructions are available on the Wellness Education Form and it is encouraged to share this webpage with students.
  • Orange Success: Faculty and advisors may use the referral function to refer students. Once complete Barnes Center at The Arch staff will contact the student.

Workshop Topics

Please visit the Wellness Leadership Institute workshop schedule to explore which workshops are currently available.

Participants will learn about general information on alcohol use, a variety of strategies for safer alcohol use and how to recognize and respond to alcohol poisoning. Workshop provided by Be Wise Peer Educators.
Allyship is important now more than ever given the social climate in our country. Presented by STOP Bias, this workshop is designed to teach participants the practice of allyship as a proactive way of living rather than reactive interventions. Participants will explore the importance and benefits of true allyship and have the opportunity to practice with various scenarios.
Participants will learn about hazing, the affirmative consent framework, and how it can impact social connections and mental health. Additionally, attendees will learn how to recognize hazing and how to act as a prosocial bystander to safely intervene.
A healthy mind, body, spirit and community helps you thrive inside and outside the classroom. During this presentation, learn about on-campus resources and how to Be Well.
It's on all of us to be a part of creating an inclusive campus community. Please join us for a brief workshop where participants will discuss what bias is and review real-life, relatable examples. Students will learn about the importance and power of bystander intervention as well as practice techniques. Finally, students will learn about the STOP Bias and Hate resource on campus and how to report bias-related and hate incidents they experience, witness or hear about.
Having trouble finding time to cook in college? Feeling like eating is way too expensive? Not sure what to eat? Join one of our registered dietitians in a discussion about the nutrition needs of college students and strategies for thrifty grocery shopping and meal preparation. We'll also explore a variety of on-campus nutrition resources currently available to students.
Participants will learn about the bystander effect and how to overcome barriers to intervening in situations that might be dangerous, risky or unsafe to another person. Workshop hosted by Peer Educators Encouraging Healthy Relationships and Sexuality (PEEHRS).
Participants will learn more about diversity, inclusion, and the importance of understanding intersectionality from different lens. Additionally, attendees will learn about how to join the C.A.R.E. six-week dialogue sessions.
Getting a job sounds somewhat attainable, but a career... that sounds like it takes a bit more work. Here's why the work is worth it - because we'll spend approximately 25-30% of our lifetime in employment. So let's ensure those career paths you ultimately choose, are of meaning to you.
This workshop will review how and where to connect to Syracuse University alums, how to find them by region, career path and so on, and how to remain engaged as an alum.
Participants will address the realities of having diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) conversations and examine methods to have these conversations with each other and spheres of influence.
The Decision-making Workshop, offered by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities provides participants with the tools necessary to learn positive decision-making skills, based on ethics and morals. Additionally, students will have time to reflect on their decision-making and determine how to make this more congruent with their values.
Syracuse University's Disability Cultural Center provides a space for connection and community, welcoming people with all disabilities. The Disability Identity workshop will explore disability identity formation and the ways students with disabilities practice agency, develop and reassign a sense of self on campus, and connect with the disability community at Syracuse University.
Over the past few years, racial bias has been the most reported type of bias on campus, and it's no secret that racial bias has a large presence in our society. This workshop is designed to push students past their comfort zones and challenge participants to look at racial bias through a critical lens. In this workshop, we discuss the differing levels of racial bias in our society, how racial bias can manifest and how to disrupt racial bias on and off campus. This workshop is equipped with high-leverage activities intended to help students understand racial bias from new perspectives and engage in meaningful dialogue around racial bias with one another.
Come discover how food affects our bodies and energy levels. During this workshop you will learn how changing what you eat can help overcome midday energy slumps and what you can do to get more out of your daily fuel.
Participants will learn the difference between equality and equity, how to build capacity, and explore a personal commitment to infuse equity-mindedness into individual and organization practice.
Join this interactive experience and learn the importance of equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion (EDAI). During this session we will use dialogue about your personal, lived experience to define EDAI, outline practices that will have high impact, and put those practices into action. Participants in this session will learn strategies that will help them become EDAI advocates and engage with others in a manner that promotes equity.
Curious about what you can do to set yourself up to have a healthier relationship with your finances and reach financial freedom after graduation? Join the Office of Financial Literacy, a team within Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs, to explore navigating personal finances in the modern U.S. economy. Through five carefully crafted workshops and presentations, topic highlights will include the following.
  • Critical skill building.
  • Being aware of financial abuse.
  • How shame can dictate our spending habits.
  • Strategizing to pay back your student loans and other forms of debt.
  • Understanding and monitoring your credit.
  • What our cultural backgrounds and personal family narratives might have prematurely taught us about handling money.
Join to ask questions, dig in deep and improve your money mindset this semester!
Through self-seeking techniques, students will explore creating self-care boundaries and ultimately discovering a path to successful self-discovery.
This interactive workshop will discuss everything about cardio. What counts as cardio? The different types of cardio, steady-state and interval? The impact cardio has on your overall fitness and why it's important to add it to any fitness routine. We will go into what acronyms like EMOM and AMRAP stand for and how to use them.
We will go more in-depth into the world of flexibility. Flexibility isn't just about being able to touch your toes or how well you can do a split, it can impact every part of your workout, from your running stride to your squat depth. We will discuss how to maximize your flexibility to achieve your goals and how incorporating yoga into your routine can positively impact your workouts.
Join us for a serious conversation about all things strength related. What are the benefits of strength training? How do I safely strength train if I've never done it before? We will discuss all the myths surrounding strength training and the various ways you can add it into your fitness routine, whether you have never touched a squat rack or it is your best friend.
Wondering what to eat pre/post workout or how much water to drink? Questioning your protein needs and if a supplement will help? A registered dietitian will cover these topics and more while sharing insight from nationally recognized authorities on sports nutrition.
This workshop will cover everything you need to know about credit! Highlights include credit card basics, how to build credit, why credit is important and answering all credit questions.
Prayer is a valuable habit that provides space to reflect, reassess and respond to loud life experiences. If you have never prayed or want guiding principles for prayer, you can join this introductory segment about prayer.
Learn the ins and outs of how to move off campus. Covered in the workshop will be how to review terms of a lease, tenant rights, calculating affordable rent, apartment search and more.
This workshop will be a question and answer based session with information about support resources, reporting options and information for individuals to help support a loved one impacted by sexual or relationship violence.
Participants will learn different strategies surrounding how to talk about money with friends, family, significant others and why it’s important to discuss this taboo topic.
Please join us for an engaging workshop to begin building an understanding of intersectionality and how it may affect mental health. We hope to encourage students to become cognizant of the identities they hold, the influence their identity has on how they are encountered by the world, and the impact this may have on their mental health and wellness, and overall student experience.
Join career exploration specialists Dan Pack and Kate Mercer for a two-pronged workshop: first, we'll discuss tips for answering some common interview questions as well as some general interviewing do's and don'ts. Then, put these strategies to practice in simulated mock interviews, where you'll receive constructive feedback from peers.
This workshop is designed to enhance student understanding of group work and how group therapy can be essential in student success. Attendees will participate in a mock group and have the opportunity to experience real-time group process and dynamics.
This workshop is designed to teach everything you need to know about Barnes Center at The Arch recreational activities and how you can benefit!
Join us in an interactive discussion surrounding research related to long-term effects of dieting. Learn about alternatives to the dieting paradigm, while exploring the process and outcomes of a popular weight loss reality show.
Join us in an interactive discussion surrounding research related to long-term effects of dieting. Learn about alternatives to the dieting paradigm, while exploring the process and outcomes of a popular weight loss reality show.
Learn about investing basics, options for investing and have any questions answered!
This is a workshop that addresses the root causes of tension in the workplace (or anywhere, really). Participants will be led through exercises that address our implicit feelings of superiority and inferiority. By becoming more aware of where our thoughts, speech and actions come from, we can become better leaders by relating to others in a positive way, deescalating conflicts and creating a work environment where all can thrive.
Looking to feed your curiosities outside of the classroom? Attend this workshop and learn about some specialized library resources, services and tools that can support your well-being and personal interests — including fiction and cookbooks, streaming video collections and online tools for learning new skills.
Let's Get Frisky is a comprehensive sexuality presentation. Participants will engage with topics such as consent, relationships, reproductive anatomy, safe sex, and pleasure. This presentation is perfect for folks trying to learn sex education through a person-centered, pleasure framework.
LGBTQ+ 101 training will offer basic terminology and definitions, an explanation of the barriers to queer and trans inclusivity, an exercise on privilege and an overview of services and resources available at Syracuse University.
Ever struggle with food rules? Want to learn if it's okay to ditch them? Spend some time with one of our registered dietitians learning about a mindful approach to nutrition and self-care.
Thoughts, behaviors and beliefs impact conflicts and how you move to resolution. Learn how to utilize an understanding of positive and negative Life Forces that will help you to reframe and refocus your experiences into what you would like them to be.
Provided by the STOP Bias program, this workshop will discuss what bias is and provide real-life, relatable examples (recognize), as well as bystander intervention skills (stop). We will also discuss how to report and what the process looks like after you've done so (report).
Join our Students Advocating for Mental Health Empowerment (SAMHE) peer educators for various creative sessions that incorporate mindfulness and contemplative practice. Some examples include playing the We're Not Really Strangers card game, practicing meditation, goal setting and decorating journals. We hope to see you there!
Attendees will examine the different types of common occurrences, minimization methods, and ways to respond to microaggressions whether as a target and/or as a bystander.
This workshop will provide a brief overview of Opioids and their impact on the body, as well as overdose rates. Additionally, attendees will learn about Narcan, a lifesaving Opioid overdose reversal medication and how to administer. Participations are eligible to receive a Narcan Kit. Workshop provided by trained Narcan facilitators.
Ever feel uncomfortable when people talk about dieting or wanting to change their bodies? Wondering why these exchanges seem so annoying but not sure how to handle them?  We’ll discuss strategies for shifting these damaging dialogues into more supportive conversations.
Join career exploration specialists Dan Pack and Kate Mercer from Syracuse University Career Services for a workshop that covers the keys to a successful job or internship search. We'll discuss search strategies, networking tips, helpful resources and build confidence as you begin your search.
Learn how to craft your elevator pitch, maximize your LinkedIn profile and conduct successful informational interviews with Syracuse University Career Services.
Participants will discuss transitions, resiliency and how to develop self-advocacy.
In this workshop, we'll discuss the latest research on the gut microbiome, how the microbiome impacts health and ways to eat to support a healthier gut microbiome.
Travel with us on a virtual food journey! We'll explore cuisines and food customs, nutrition guidance and the health benefits of traditional eating patterns around the globe.
Join us for a dietitian-led discussion on the impact of food choice on cardiovascular health. We'll explore evidence-based nutrition strategies for heart health as well as the most recent research on cholesterol-lowering eating patterns.
How does living in a digital world affect well-being? How do social media and health apps influence food choices and body image? These are just a few questions we will answer as we explore the concept of digital wellness and ways to practice mindfulness.
Ever feel confused about all the conflicting nutrition information on the Internet? Hosted by two registered dietitians, attendees are invited to join this workshop and sort through some of the most common nutrition myths. Learn what it really means to eat well and nourish your body from the inside out.
The impact of nutrition on mental health status is often overlooked. In this workshop, join a registered dietitian to discuss how nutritional deficiencies may impact symptoms of anxiety, depression and obsessive type thinking around food and eating.
Join the Office of Financial Literacy to learn helpful information and tips about your paycheck! Topics include banking basics, budgeting, financial goal-setting, in addition to W2 and tax education.
Participants will receive an introduction to cannabis highlighting its legality, safety, multiple strains and effects. This presentation also introduces the different modes of consumption and topics such as dosage(s), potency and onset. Workshop hosted by Be Wise Peer Educators.
In this workshop you will learn about ideas, attitudes and beliefs in our culture that normalize sexual and relationship violence. After participating you will be able to recognize these messages and think critically or intervene as a prosocial bystander to help create a healthier and safer culture.
This workshop was developed for Syracuse students to engage in a safe-space and learning opportunity to gain understanding of anti-Semitism, its impact on our campus and beyond, and ways in which we can all foster a more inclusive campus culture. Participants will learn how to recognize potentially anti-Semitic behavior, how to take appropriate action, and be provided additional resources to support students targeted and mistreated by anti-Semitic acts.
The Recovery Ally Training hopes to engage faculty, staff and other students in becoming an ally for their students and peers in or seeking recovery, while also helping to create a recovery ready campus. A recovery ready campus is a culture that tells students in or seeking recovery that they are accepted, empowered to live genuinely, celebrated and can feel comfortable asking for help. Training will include the following.
  • A high-level overview of addiction and recovery.
  • An overview of the intersections of justice, equity, diversity, inclusivity (JEDI) and recovery.
  • Campus services, resources and how to be a recovery ally.
  • Participants will receive a sticker to further display their commitment and support.
What is cuffing season? How long is it? How can you be healthy during it? This discussion based program gives students the opportunity to explore the different points of view around the idea of cuffing season. Following, participants will be able to define cuffing season and incorporate aspects of healthy relationships into their definition. Workshop hosted by Peer Educators Encouraging Healthy Relationships and Sexuality (PEEHRS).
Learn the basics of writing a resume and cover letter. They're not as scary as they seem! We'll address style and formatting, content, heading suggestions ad the keys to writing effective bullet points.
Students are invited to join this relaxation workshop to experience a guided meditation and the sounds of gongs and singing bowls.
Safe Zone is a campus-wide program provided by the LGBTQ Resource Center committed to making Syracuse University safer, more welcoming, and an inclusive environment for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) community. While recognizing that the name of our workshop is a misnomer, the Safe Zone program aims to build a network of students, staff, faculty, and community members who are visibly and actively committed to advocating for and creating spaces of respect and inclusion for LGBTQ+ members of our community at Syracuse University.
Learn how to manage your money while abroad, budgeting for studying abroad and tips for savings.
This workshop is based on a new paradigm of sexuality, “pizza.” The discussion focuses on how to openly communicate about sex and sexuality, which in turn leads to healthy encounters based on consent. The workshop is hosted by Peer Educators Encouraging Healthy Relationships and Sexuality (PEEHRS).
This fun-filled workshop gives students an opportunity to learn about on-campus resources, in addition to information about sexuality, sexual health, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, communication, healthy relationships, responsible decision making, and tips for a safer experience as a Syracuse University student.
Develop a short term plan to bridge college to work life. Get to know the types of student loans, how they work, and what repayment options are available when you graduate. How to budget to move to a new city, estimate costs of living for potential relocation, and compare job offers. Gain knowledge of the impact of early investing and compound interest. Learn how to get out of debt (e.g. student loans, credit cards, car loans, etc.) while building your future.
This interactive workshop provides activities for students to learn more about themselves and an overview of basic personal financial principles.
SoulTalk is a gathering where students can discuss life’s big questions like purpose, mindfulness and belonging in a safe and judgement-free environment. Student facilitators begin each session by introducing a topic and from there everyone is encouraged to engage in organic and respectful conversation. Each SoulTalk focuses on a different theme. Join us for an in-depth, student-led discussion. Workshop provided by SoulTalk facilitators.
Navigating relationships can be hard. Join Chris Percoski from the Title IX team to discuss establishing healthy relationships to prevent sexual and relationship violence. Build a solid understanding of "consent" to protect yourself and others from the harmful impact of sexual misconduct. Learn about bystander intervention strategies to interrupt potentially harmful behaviors and raise your awareness of the multiple resources on campus that support students on campus. We will also discuss options for reporting misconduct and the Title IX process.
A main goal after graduation is to begin a successful career –– but how does one start this process? This workshop will discuss planning techniques and ways to maintain a positive outlook throughout the transition’s “ups and downs.” Workshop hosted by Graduate School, Professional and Career.
This interactive workshop gives participants an opportunity to identify their unique stressors, learn about the good and bad effects of stress and how to identify them. Additionally, attendees will discuss specific, manageable tools and tasks to start managing their stress. Workshop provided by Students Advocating for Mental Health Empowerment (SAMHE’s) Peer Educators.
The office of Financial Literacy is offering 30-minute tax sessions for students, faculty and staff to file their taxes free of charge utilizing TaxSlayer, an electronic filing software. Participants must pre-register.
Join us in an interactive discussion surrounding research related to long-term effects of dieting. Learn about alternatives to the dieting paradigm, while exploring the process and outcomes of a popular weight loss reality show.
Join the conversation to learn more about how you can support someone impacted by sexual misconduct. Workshop topics include:
  • Confidential support resources that can provide options and support.
  • Non-confidential resources on campus and what it means to talk to a “responsible employee.”
  • Syracuse University’s complaint process and options to seek either informal or formal resolution through the student conduct process.