Graduate Wellness Week

For the last few years, Western has run Western Wellness Week in October. Last year, SOGS partnered with SGPS and Student Experience to host PhD Comic author, Jorge Cham, in November, and screened the PhD Comic movie both in November and in March, in an effort to bring more visibility to graduate student experiences. This year, we are hosting The Lego Grad Student at our Wellness Research Forum on October 4. Read on for details!

This year, with funding from SGPS, TD Bank, Student Experience and the Wellness Education Centre (WEC), Studentcare, the Grad Club, Research Western, Michael King (SOGS Accountant), Graduate Peer Support (GPS), and the Academic, Grad Club, Gradcast, Orientation & Social, Equity, and Health Plan Committees, SOGS is hosting GRADUATE WELLNESS WEEK: October 2-October 6.


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Our schedule of events is still being finalized, so please continue to check back here for updates. Dates, locations, and events may alter as we continue to finalize details. 

Please see below for what to potentially expect:

Monday, October 2, 2017
Time and Location TBD

Q&A with Studentcare

This presentation will be given by Studentcare, the SOGS Extended Health and Dental Plan provider. The talk is specifically for new graduate students who wish to learn more about their Plan and how to make the most out of it. Refreshments and Coffee/Tea will be provided.

Registration will be made available closer to the date. The event is open to all graduate schools.

Monday, October 2, 2017
Wellness Education Centre (WEC)

Eating Well in Graduate School

Sara Perlmutter (Registered Dietitian) is hosting a free talk on healthy eating practices in graduate school, particularly with living on a tight budget. GPS volunteers will be present. Refreshments and Coffee/Tea will be provided. There will be overflow livestreaming due to space limitation.

You can register for this event here:

Monday, October 2
The Grad Club

Stitch & Bitch

The Grad Club and Grad Club Committee, in parternship with Graduate Peer Support (GPS), is hosting a FREE Stitch & Bitch at the Grad Club. Participants will receive a thank you “gift” of knitting needles and tea. Sponsored by the Canadian Federation of Students. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
UCC Atrium

Western’s Wellness Info Fair

SOGS, SGPS, PSAC 610 610, and Studentcare will be attending Western’s Wellness Info Fair. Dozens of Western’s wellness services will be there, so encourage your colleagues to come out to learn what’s available to them.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Wellness Education Centre (WEC)

Managing Stress in Graduate School

This talk will be led by Melanie-Anne Atkins, the WEC’s Wellness Coordinator. GPS will be present. Refreshments and Coffee/Tea will be provided. There will be overflow livestreaming due to space limitation.

You can register for this event here:

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
9:00AM – 1PM
IGAB Atrium

Wellness Research Forum 

In partnership with SGPS, Research Western, Studentcare, the Academic Committee, Gradcast, and GPS, the SOGS Accountant, Michael King, and Canadian Federation of Students, SOGS will host a Wellness Research Forum in an effort to showcase graduate student work on subjects relating to wellness. Our aim is to highlight the important work done by graduate students and to foster a more wellness-minded graduate student community at Western.

If you wish to present your work at the Forum, please submit your abstract HERE.


The Lego Grad Student

Talk title: “Why Am I Here? A Questionable Afternoon with Lego Grad Student”

Whether you care to openly admit it or not, the first month of grad school has probably felt like a sledgehammer repeatedly slamming into your face and soul. Spend an hour with Lego Grad Student as he attempts to explain why this is a perfectly normal–but not inevitable–feeling, and offers painfully learned advice on how you can manage it. (Satisfaction absolutely not guaranteed.)

As his social media accounts state, Lego Grad Student is “a hollow head struggling to make it through a blocky world.” His page documents the small daily existential struggles of graduate school life, with hopes that students realize that they should not feel alone in or embarrassed to talk about about their problems. So far, this has resonated with over 90,000 followers (and growing). Lego Grad Student–or really, the creator behind him–has a PhD in the social sciences and lives somewhere on the West Coast of the United States. Find him @legogradstudent on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
IGAB Atrium

Financial Literacy (Sponsored by TD Bank)

Immediately following the Wellness Research Forum, TD Bank will present on financial literary as it pertains to graduate students. The SOGS Finance and Bursaries Committees will be in attendance.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
The Grad Club

Paint Nite @ the Grad Club!

The SOGS Grad Club hosts Paint Nite every month. This month’s painting is “Whimsical Blue Gerbera”. Graduate students receive 30% discount (“JORDANE30”) when registering for the event. If there is a group of graduate students signed up, the Orientation & Social Committee will provide them with free appetizers.

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Western Film

Studentcare Town Hall and PhD Comic Movie Screening

From 1:30-3:00, Studentcare will run a Town Hall on the SOGS Extended Health & Dental Plan. This is the chance for all graduate students to provide feedback to Studentcare regarding their Plan. Refreshments & Coffee/Tea will be served during the Town Hall. Folowing this, in partnership with Student Experience, SGPS, and Studentcare, SOGS will be screening the PhD Comic Movie from 3:00-4:30. A drink, popcorn, and candy will be provided to those in attendance. If you want to secure your seat, ensure you come for the Town Hall!

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Grad Club

Arts and Crafts – Family friendly!

The Grad Club, the Grad Club Committee, GPS, and the OSC will co-host a free arts and crafts event. Appetizers and hot chocolate will be provided. Some crafts will include: Kindness rocks, orgami, painting, etc.

Friday, October 6, 2017
Wellness Education Centre (WEC)

Self-care in Graduate School

This talk will be hosted by Melanie-Anne Atkins, the WEC’s Wellness Coordinator. Graduate Peer Support (GPS) volunteers will also be present. Refreshments and Coffee/Tea will be provided. There will be overflow livestreaming due to space limitation.

You can register for this event here: