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PLEASE STAY HEALTHY AND WELL AT THIS CRITICAL TIME!! Feel free to leave your concerns on the COVID-19 contingency at We are here to support you!!

GSA and Graduate School Virtual Events in April

GSA Updated Remote Wellness Sessions

GSA is offering Zoom self-care session with meditation and Yoga to all graduate students at this critical time. We have altered a couple of times based on feedback and added a yoga class. Please find the updated information below:

Meditation (30 min) Tuesday/Thursday 5pm
Led by: Liz McInerney

Twice/week mindfulness meditation. An opportunity to connect and center in the midst of uncertainty. No prior experience needed, all welcome! Participate at

Intro to Breath Work (30 minutes): Tuesday 9am 
Led by: Jacquie Rangel

Practicing the increase and regulation of natural oxygen consumption can make for enhanced mood, increased productivity and boosted immune functioning. Start and finish your day with guided breath work that will leave you feeling energized!
Participate at:


Monday/Wednesday 6:30pm(1 hour): Power Yoga Flow 
Led by: Ashley Arana

Join for a class, equal parts strength and stretch. Guaranteed to help you break a sweat, use some energy and leave you feeling refreshed.
Participate at:
Meeting ID: 898 162 849

Lunchtime Dialogues with the Dean:
April 22 at 12 pm

Graduate School launches the second lunchtime dialogues with the Dean, Dr. Guillermo "Willy" Prado, on April 22 at noon.

Share your thoughts and questions with the graduate community! Please find the registration link at:

Get Involved

GSA Vacant E-Board Position: Operations Officer

The GSA will be holding elections for the currently vacant position of Operations Officer on Wednesday, April 22nd at 6:30pm. Any interested candidates should submit a 250-word letter of intent explaining their interest and qualifications for the position no later than Sunday, April 19th to A description of the role and responsibilities of the Operations Officer can be found in Article V, Section 6 of the GSA Constitution at We encourage all Senators/graduate students to apply!

There will be a social hour open to all graduate students following the elections on 4/22. More details TBA!

GSA LinkedIn Account Available- Follow us and Add Us to Your Experience!

In this time of increased reliance on digital platforms, GSA has decided to launch our official LinkedIn page to keep you, graduate students, up-to-date on the professional and academic landscape at the University of Miami. PLEASE FOLLOW US at!!

Our brand new LinkedIn will feature the following informative posts.

  • Academic events hosted and attended by GSA
  • Updates on the University environment relevant to YOU
  • Informative blog posts and shares
  • Features of YOUR academic and professional achievements – reach out to GSA to have your work or research featured on the page for maximum visibility!

If you are an active or past Senator, be sure to link add GSA to the Experiences section of your profile!

Call for Volunteers: We are the U!

1. COVID-19 Hotline:

Any UM student can participate as a volunteer in the COVID-19 hotline call center at the Poison Control Center at the UM Miller School of Medicine campus. You can sign up here (

Please keep in mind the following:

  • Please plan to arrive 20 minutes before your shift in order to be given a quick training on how to address the needs of the callers requesting more information on COVID-19/ seeking help and instructions on what to do in their cases
  • All volunteers are covered by our insurance
  • Don’t forget to bring your Cane ID
  • Arrive in either scrubs or business casual attire and bring a sweater if you get easily cold
  • Share the volunteering link with your UM friends! The more volunteers, the merrier :)
  • If you know anyone wanting guidance or are personally in need of, the hotline can be reached 24/7 by phone at 866-779-6121 and by e-mail at Spread the word!
  • Direct any further questions you may have about the opportunity to

2. Buddy System MIA

If you know anyone who might need help getting groceries and other things picked up from the Miami community without getting exposed to symptomatic individuals, or are yourself interested in volunteering for the cause, feel free to contact or 203-858-4653 (English)/ 786-340-7720 (Spanish). More information can be found in the flyer below. Also, please let us know if you would like to donate your Haitian Creole skills to translate this flyer so we could start circulating it as well. Your help is very much appreciated :)

3. Canes Chat: Virtual Volunteering Opportunity

'Canes Chat is a new student organization focusing on bridging the gap between the IEP (international students) and the main campus of University of Miami. We aim to give a platform for international students who feel ignored in their classes and even on campus as most people are unaware that the intensive English program even exists. We have the possibility of 10 hours of community service for becoming a confidante/mentor for international students in the IEP throughout the semester and help them practice their English. The initial goal was to have face-to-face interactions with the international student we match you with, but in light of COVID-19, we will instead shift to having all interactions with your 'Canes Chat partner call/message/video or online chat-based. We will also now have virtual GBMs throughout the semester focusing on socialization and cultural education between the main campus and international students. If you have any questions, please contact President Caroline Case at

Health and Wellness

Counseling Center After Hours Phone Line

Need someone to talk to after hours? CALL 305-284-5511 !
The Counseling Center provides after hours assistance to students when the center is closed, including in the middle of the night or on the weekend. Visit for more information. For questions, please contact

Counseling Center Wellness Series

From 4/6 to 5/4, the Counseling Center is providing meditation sessions on Mondays and Fridays for graduate students.

Monday sessions start at 5 pm and can be accessed at:;
Meeting ID: 278957400

Friday sessions start at 5 pm and can be accessed at:;
Meeting ID: 7497621783
Join the Counseling Center for an open dialogue on challenges that Asian presenting student may be experiencing at this time on 4/14 at 1 pm. Xenophobia and anti-Asian racism cannot be justified under any circumstance! 

Please access the event at:;
Meeting ID: 486690398
Join the Counseling Center's weekly Work It Out sessions on Wednesdays at 5 pm to work through your self-isolation stress interactively and creatively! 

This event can be accessed at:;
Meeting ID: 603142234
Join a webinar hosted by the Counseling Center and learn strategies to manage challenging relationships in graduate school on 4/21 at 12 pm!

Please register at:

UM Libraries Present: Mindfulness Online

Join us for mindfulness sessions to cultivate calm and focus. These 45-minute sessions will introduce the fundamentals of mindfulness with periods of guided practice and opportunities for reflection and questions. The sessions will be led by Kelly Miller, a librarian who is completing her practicum in the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program (a two-year training program for teaching awareness and compassion-based practices), or a guest teacher. Co-sponsored by the UM School of Law and UMindfulness.

Time: 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Weely on Wednesdays, March 25, 2020 – May 6, 2020
Join sessions at
For more information, visit

Become a Senator Now!

Join GSA today! Go to to become a GSA senator! Our next and final meeting of the semester will be held on 4/22 at 6:30 pm via zoom!
There will be a social hour open to all graduate students following the final senate meeting. More details TBA!

GSA Weekly Submission Form

Want to advertise an event or resource available to graduate students in the GSA Weekly? Fill out the GSA Weekly Submission Form to have your information reviewed and included in the next GSA Weekly! Click here: Weekly Submit Form

Important Graduate Student
Resources and Services

Off-Campus Housing Resources

Student Mental Health

If you or someone you know is in need of counseling services or needs emergency help, know these resources:
  • UM Counseling Center
  • 5513 George E Merrick St, Coral Gables, FL. 33146
  • 305-284-5511
  • MWF 8:30-5 pm
  • T&Th 8:30-7 pm
  • Counseling Center After Hours Line
  • Please call 305-284-5511 , press 1 and you will be immediately connected to a licensed therapist. The after-hours crisis counselor is available when the Counseling Center is closed.
  • Emergency Help Lines
    • HELPline Miami
      • 305-358-HELP (4357)
      • 7-7-1 (TTY)
    • Veterans Crisis Line
      • 800-273-8255 Press 1
    • LGBTQ HELPline
      • 305-646-3600
    • HELPline Keys
      • 305-296-HELP (4357)
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
      • 800-273-8255 (TALK)
      • 800-784-2433 (SUICIDE)
      • 800-799-4889 (TTY)

Contact us:

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