Graduate Peer Support Group

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The Graduate Peer Support Group is operated and facilitated by fellow peer graduate students. The Graduate Peer Support Group serves as a safe and confidential network to help graduate students manage the challenges that arise during this exciting but stressful chapter. The group adheres to a peer support model; the philosophy behind this model is that the assistance a peer provides will be the most effective form of support for some individuals and some areas of individual concern. The peer volunteers are trained in active listening and are well-versed in resource referral to suit the diverse needs of Graduate and Professional students. This model is founded on self-determination and equality, mutuality and empathy, and active listening skills. This group's themes explore key stressors relating to graduate studies, purpose, sense of belonging, “creative differences” with your advisor, juggling multiple roles and responsibilities, challenges with completing a dissertation or thesis, and impacts related to diet, sleep, and emotional well-being.

The support group is not a substitute for professional counseling available on and off campus. The Peer Support Group does not diagnose or treat mental illness. The support group provides short-term support to students needing assistance and appraises students of services available on campus.

Support group meetings currently occur every Monday and can cover topics such as:

  • Meeting your advisor's expectations 
  • Abusive advisors/toxic work environment 
  • Work/life balance 
  • Managing the impact of mental illness on academic performance 
  • Stress/anxiety management and healthy coping strategies
  • Interpersonal relationships 
  • Teaching/research balance 
  • Providing resources available on and off campus.

The Graduate Peer Support Group is open to all graduate students on Campus.

Each week two group sessions will be held on Monday. One of the sessions will be in person (3:30 pm), and another session will be online (6:00 pm). To register for any of the sessions, please do so on CampusLink.

If you have any questions or concerns about the peer support group, please contact Kruti Chaliawala.

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Kruti Sureshchandra Chaliawala

Graduate Assistant

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