As many of you are likely aware, Cornell administration recently rejected a
request for an independent review of its mental health care system. Our
campus has a history of mental health problems, including suicides in both
of the two previous finals periods. And yet, despite this, a request for an
independent review by the Sophie Fund, an organization founded after
another suicide in 2016 was ignored for most of a year and then rejected
with no justification.
As members of Cornell's graduate union, I think we have a responsibility to
stand for the right of all Cornell students to access to high quality
mental health care. A strikingly high number of graduate students suffer
from mental health issues, and it is up to us to make sure the university
is providing support and protecting students' lives.
Many other student groups have already started to voice their opinions and
push for change. We hope to be able to join with them. A working group to
discuss what we can do will be starting next week, *5 pm Wednesday,
February 7th in the upstairs of the Big Red Barn*. We would love the
participation and support of anyone who cares about mental health issues on
campus. This is an issue where CGSU can make a positive impact on students'