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Better Together

Better Together was created to emphasize the importance of students connecting with one another to strengthen their emotional wellbeing. The Better Together Initiative is comprised of three programs geared towards graduate and professional students:

  • Growing Together: A Dinner Series
  • Buddy Up!
  • Walking Buddies

For program details and registration information, click the link below.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Carolyn Banner, Health Promotion Coordinator. 

Growing Together is a dinner series program where a small group of graduate and professional students comes together once a week for four weeks for dinner, thoughtful discussion, and creative ways to get to know themselves and their peers. The themes discussed include finding joy, compassion, and vulnerability. 

Registration for our Winter Quarter session is currently open! Winter Quarter session will take place on Thursday evenings 5-7 p.m. in the Student Wellness Center for the following dates:

January 12th, 2023

January 19th, 2023

January 26th, 2023

February 2nd, 2023

Please register here if you can commit to attending ALL four dates of the dinner series. 

Contact Carolyn Banner with any questions.

Are you a graduate or professional student who wants to meet more people and make new connections? Join Buddy Up!

UChicago Student Wellness is offering Buddy Up! as part of the Better Together initiative. Join a network of current graduate and professional students who want to meet new people and connect with peers across campus. Every two weeks, you’ll be paired with a new buddy!

For more information, email Health Promotion Coordinator Carolyn Banner or register for the Buddy Up! program.

If you ever want a buddy to walk, run with, meet new people, and feel more connected to your community, you're not alone! Walking Buddies offers students the opportunity to connect with other students from their neighborhood who are interested in walking or running for fun or walking with someone to and/or from campus. Open to all current graduate and professional students, this program will bolster the UChicago community and will help you to meet your neighbors and connect you with a walking or running buddy who has similar goals.

Complete this form to sign up, or contact Health Promotion Coordinator Carolyn Banner if you have questions.

Growing Together: A Dinner Series 

  • Feedback from 2022:
    • "[Growing Together] teaches us how to care about and love ourselves and others properly! I love this program!"​ Growing Together Participant, Autumn 2022
    • "I enjoyed learning about the different aspects of personal growth and making strong connections with people in the program."​ Growing Together Participant, Autumn 2022

    • "I really appreciate this [program]. Not only did I learn a lot about caring [for] myself but feel more connected with others. Many thanks!"​ Growing Together Participant, Autumn 2022

    • "I'm happy this program exists and it has definitely made my adjustment to grad school a lot better!" Growing Together Participant, Autumn 2022

  • Feedback from 2019:
    • "I signed up for Growing Together because I was interested in meeting graduate students from across the university, and it quickly became something I looked forward to every week...The sessions were fun, engaging, and provided space for the kind of self- and communal reflection I love. I met some really kind and interesting people, gained some great resources, and laughed a lot. Highly recommended!" Growing Together Participant, Spring 2019

    • "I believe this type of program is really critical for supporting graduate students holistically, and recognizing that under the best circumstances, when students have the support of their community, and are recognized for their worth as human beings, they can do their best work." Growing Together Participant, Spring 2019
    • "I loved the chance to meet graduate students from other programs and different years, which gave me the opportunity to meet people I would never have run into otherwise and also to hear new perspectives on the topics we discussed... I really appreciated the safe and supportive environment, where we lifted each other up and brought in a much-needed dose of positivity each week." Growing Together Participant, Spring 2019

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