Wellness Center

Contact Information
Contact Information

The mission of The Wellness Center is to support the physical and mental health of students at the Graduate Center through its two divisions:

  • Student Counseling Services, which provides individual and group counseling, workshops, referrals, and other mental health support services.
  • Student Health Services, which offers educational information and resources on a variety of physical health topics, and provides referral information for external health service providers

The Wellness Center also collects and maintains required student immunization records.

Hours of Operation

The Wellness Center is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Our office is open on-site as follows:
Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

You may also email us at wellness@gc.cuny.edu and we will return your message as soon as possible.

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Mental Health Support

Counseling Services

Student Counseling Services offers free, confidential psychological counseling and referrals to Graduate Center students, and provides educational support through workshops and self-help resources.

Student Counseling Services
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Education, Resources and Referrals

Health Services

A resource for health information and education, Student Health Services collects and maintains required student immunization documentation and provides referral information for healthcare service providers.

Student Health Services
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Immunization Requirements

Incoming students must submit proof of immunity to Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) and a response to the status of Meningococcal Meningitis vaccination to the Wellness Center before registering for in-person classes. You will NOT be permitted to register if your proof of immunization is not on file.

Learn more about Immunization Requirements

Upcoming Events and Workshops

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Nurturing Balance and Wellness with Ayurvedic Insights

This workshop will help you tune into your self and what your body and mind are saying to help you get to the root causes of any unease or tension. Exploring Gut-Body-Mind Connection, Roots of Anxiety and Stress, Rituals and Tools to Improve Wellness.

3:00 pm — 4:00 pm

1218: Segal Theatre

Monday, December 4, 2023

Managing Procrastination in Graduate School

Students will develop a better understanding of the different types of procrastination and the factors that maintain these behaviors.

1:00 pm — 2:30 pm


Our Team

headshot: Inez Strama

Inez Strama

Assistant Director

  • Student Counseling Services

Additional Wellness Resources

Health Insurance

Student Affairs provides information and guidance for graduate students in need of health insurance coverage, including the NYSHIP Student Employee Health Plan for doctoral students who hold an eligible position of employment at the Graduate Center.

For more information please contact the Student Affairs office or healthinsuranceinfo@gc.cuny.

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Fitness Classes and Facilities

A variety of fitness classes are offered by Student Affairs for Graduate Center students, faculty and staff. Students also have access to fitness centers at partnering CUNY institutions, including the Athletics and Recreation Center at Baruch College, and the Cardiovascular Fitness Center at John Jay College.

For more information please contact Eric T. Brown, Student Activities Coordinator, at ebrown2@gc.cuny.edu

Photo by Denis Gostev via Baruch College

Weight machines in the Baruch Athletics and Recreation Center

Lactation Room

The Lactation Room is a dedicated space at the Graduate Center for mothers to express breast milk for a nursing child.

Room 7408, also called the Mothers' Room, is available to all nursing women students and employees who present a Graduate Center ID. Nursing mothers may also continue using the Eighth Floor pantry (near the Dining Commons), and the Child Care Center for the same purpose. Those wishing to use the Mothers' Room should fill out a one-time key request form in the Student Affairs office, room 7301.

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Guide to Surviving and Thriving at CUNY

Developed by students and faculty working with Healthy CUNY, a CUNY-wide initiative that helps CUNY students overcome health and social problems in order to support their academic success, the Guide to Surviving and Thriving at CUNY aims to:

Provide a one-stop guide of health, academic, financial, and basic needs services at CUNY and in the community

Offer the emotional support and social connections that can help all of us find the strength and will to solve the challenges we will face this semester and beyond

Encourage members of the CUNY community to advocate for ourselves and to act collectively to help CUNY to better meet our changing needs.

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Recent News

Aug 26, 2020

2020 Virtual Wellness Festival

Staying informed about health and wellness is especially important these days. Usually, the Wellness Center offers a full-day event to this effect, The Wellness Festival." However, due to COVID-19 precautions we were unable to host this event in April. In lieu of our in-person Wellness Festival, the Wellness Center presents a virtual health education experience."