It’s On Us to Support Survivors: A Workshop for Graduate & Professional Students at MSU
COGS and MSU’s Prevention, Outreach, and Education (POE) Department teamed up on April 5th to bring graduate students this dynamic workshop during It’s On Us Week of Action. In this session, we discussed how you can be a supportive person to an individual who is a survivor of sexual assault or relationship violence. We also examined ways that you can be supportive as a friend, as a colleague, and as a mandatory reporter (for those of you that are required). We are grateful to all who joined us for this crucial conversation!
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/300442297334890/
Lauren Henfling is a clinically licensed social worker and has spent her career working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Most recently, Lauren worked in post arrest crisis intervention with survivors of domestic violence, where she coordinated with local law enforcement agencies and provided on-the-scene crisis intervention and advocacy services to survivors after an assault. Lauren is passionate about creating a campus community where survivors are believed, validated, and given opportunities to excel.
Mariah Sloat has a bachelor’s degree in community health education and a master’s of public health (MPH). Mariah has experience providing prevention education focused on bystander intervention, consent, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and relationship violence. She is passionate about engaging students in conversations about being an active bystander and stepping up to change the culture.
COGS and Graduate Student Life and Wellness hosted a graduate/professional student-specific de-stress event in the Chittenden Hall Lounge from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on December 10, 2018 during finals week. Students relaxed with chair massages and cuddled with therapy dogs, and enjoyed snacks, cookies and beverages. Free class yoga passes were available courtesy of Yoga State. We wish all students a successful finals week!
COGS helped to sponsor this year’s One Health Week, led by MSU Canadian Studies Center. One Health is an interdisciplinary approach to tackling global health problems facing people, animals, and the environment.
“Connect with One Health” Activities
October 30 – 31: Paint the Rock- Check out Canadian Studies Center events tab on Facebook for more detail, Students paint One Health Message to Campus Community
Thursday, Nov 1: Environmental Science & Policy Program (ESPP) Research Symposium, Watch for One Health session and related posters, Kellogg Center, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, Nov 2: Breakfast Seminar & Poster Display – Key speaker, Dr. Mahesh Kumar, Zoetis Global Biologics R&D, 303 International Center, Zooming with Univ. of Saskatchewan, 9 – 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, Nov 4: Woldumar Nature Center Run-A-Munk 5k/10k, Community Collaboration with One Health Spartans – Register on line as a One Health Spartan
Monday, Nov 5: Dr. Heather Brake, Center for Disease Control & Prevention, Key speaker, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m., E100 Vet Med Center, 736 Wilson Road, Campus
The State News released a story on September 18 highlighting the COGS Mental Health Committee’s past and future efforts in raising awareness and advocating for mental health on campus. COGS, in partnership with MSU Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) and the Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU), has planned to hold events for Mental Health Awareness Week from October 7-13, 2018.
“Events they have planned so far include an open house at CAPS headquarters with ice cream and planting irises, the official flower of mental illness, in front of Olin Health Center. Also planned for that week is trivia night at Red Cedar Spirits, therapy dogs at the MSU Library and sending cards to students in psychiatric hospitals.”
To see the full story in the State News, click here.
Daylong events included a coffee and information station near Wells Hall, an interactive exhibit at the Broad Art Museum, documentary screening of the film ‘The S Word’ followed by a discussion panel, and finally a dinner and reception. CAPS additionally provided free suicide prevention training sessions at Olin Health Center. Thank you to all who participated!
Last Friday, COGS finished up our semester-long Dialogue Series. Over three events, we discussed and tackled issues of diversity and campus climate. Thank you to all of our insightful graduate and professional students for presenting helpful solutions and participating in open discourse!
Dialogue Series 2018 Events:
- Open Space Dialogues
- Forum for Scholars’ Voices
- Dialogue Over Dinner
The Council of Graduate Students is the authorized student government on campus representing all graduate/professional students at Michigan State University. Our mission is to promote the academic, social, and economic goals of graduate and professional students.
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* Chittenden Hall and COGS will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2023 in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.