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about the Center for Student Wellness


The Center for Student Wellness creates innovative research-based and student-centered opportunities that facilitate the personal and professional development of CUMC students. In support of academic, research and service mission of CUMC, the Center for Student Wellness employs a social ecological framework to carry out our comprehensive approach.

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our strategies

Employ a broad-based effort that spans all schools at CUMC and across the University.

Apply a humanistic approach that promotes respect, empathy, integrity, self-awareness and compassion.

Offer low barrier access to services and resources for students across CUMC schools and programs

Share our expertise through teaching and training others

Conduct research to identify strengths and discover opportunities to address environmental and individual concerns

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our values

We respect confidentiality

We protect minority voices

We believe that meaningful change occurs at both individual and systemic levels

We encourage help-seeking

We support balanced living

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Our Major Initiatives

Programs and Services

Environmental Strategies

Research and Data Collection

Teaching, Training and Mentoring

professional staff (click here for bios)

Jane Bogart, MA, CHES - Director for Student Wellness

Justin Laird, PhD - Assistant Director for Health Promotion

Stephanie Garman Rozen, LCSW, CASAC -- Director of the AI:MS Program

current teaching staff (click here for bios)

Colleen Durham, pilates instructor

Jeffrey Duval, yoga instructor

Yelimar Rodriguez, yoga instructor

Vidya (Mardi) Sykes, yoga instructor

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The Center for Student Wellness (CSW) at Columbia University Medical Center was founded within the College of Physicians and Surgeons during the summer of 2002. The Center evolved out of a proposal by the P&S Student Wellness Committee to recruit and hire a Director for Student Wellness. That proposal, which included a summary of current available student resources at CUMC, as well as a thorough review of programs at other medical schools, proposed the following:

  • The Creation of the Office and Director for Student Wellness
  • Development of an Integrated Communication Strategy for Student Wellness
  • Establishment of Stress Reduction and Academic Support Classes
  • Institution of Regular Social Gatherings
  • Development of Peer Counseling Resources and
  • Expansion of Alumni Networking Opportunities.

The proposal was readily accepted by the CUMC Faculty and Administration, and the search for a founding Director began in the Spring of 2002. In July of that same year, the Center for Student Wellness opened its doors in Bard Hall, where it is still located today.

In 2004, the Center for Student Wellness entered into a partnership with the newly reorganized Student Health Service (SHS). Together, the CSW and SHS created the proactive and comprehensive outreach program Wellness Works!

Through Wellness Works!, outreach activities are coordinated to address student health and wellness concerns primarily in the areas of stress reduction, mental health, nutrition, fitness, and study skills. Major Wellness Works! initiatives include a comprehensive workshop series, yoga classes, and stress reduction mini-courses.

In addition to the creation of Wellness Works!, this historic partnership made all of the services and programs of the Center for Student Wellness available to all CUMC students (previously, the Center for Student Wellness operated solely through the College of Physicians and Surgeons.)

Today, the CSW staff advocate for student well-being in support of the learning mission of Columbia University at both the individual and institutional levels.

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Center for Student Wellness - 107 Bard Hall - 212.304.5564 -

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