Cooper Union Orientation - Essentials of Self Care and Wellbeing


New Cooper Union Students,

We are just a few weeks away from classes starting!

Before we get into this week’s focus which is wellbeing and self-care, there are a couple updates:

Orientation Team – Later this evening you will all be added to the Orientation 2020 Teams Class on the Microsoft Teams platform. If you need a refresher, please refer to the IT Bulletin which can be found here. All the recorded content from Orientation sessions will be posted on the Teams platform. It will be good for you to get comfortable using Teams during Orientation as it will be heavily utilized in our classes when they begin in a few weeks. IT questions can be sent to

School of Art Foundation Meet and Greet – All new students in the School of Art are invited to a meeting to review the Foundation year curriculum. This meeting will be taking place tomorrow, Tuesday, August 11, 2020, at 4PM (EST) via Zoom. All new students in the School of Art are highly encouraged to attend. You can attend this session via this link:

Self-Care and Wellbeing
As we get closer to the start of classes, we will take some time to focus on wellbeing and self-care. Cooper Union’s academic programs are extremely rewarding, and they can also be challenging. When engaging in this work, it is essential that you take time for yourself and take time to focus on your wellbeing.

Self-care is an essential component to academic success.

You can review general wellbeing and wellness resources here. To help you prepare for your individual self-care plans, we have a couple opportunities for you to engage this week:

Essentials of Self Care at Cooper Union

When: Thursday, August 13th at 11:00AM (EST)

What: Join our Student Care Coordinator, Cassandra Jolicoeur, and our Student Counselor, Elizabeth London, in a fun and interactive session exploring ways to help you manage the stress of college as you transition into your studies at The Cooper Union.

How to Join:
Meeting ID: 975 8816 5872
Meeting Passcode: selfcareCU

Cooper Union Chats Session – Tips for Success

When: Thursday, August 13th at 8:00PM (EST)

What: Join current students along with Athena Adabilla and Josue Michel from the Office of Student Affairs in an interactive panel discussing how to navigate culture and stress at Cooper Union including general tips for success as you navigate entering our academic community.

How to Join:

If you haven’t had a chance to begin reviewing it yet, please be reminded of the Set To Go program. Again, this program provides a series of topics for students and their families to discuss and review as they plan for the transition from high school to college.

As a reminder, Student Affairs has an active Instagram account where we regularly post events and opportunities to socialize and get to know fellow students. We encourage you to follow us on Instagram - @cooperunion_studentaffairs. We also maintain an active Linktree where you can see a listing of events that is updated regularly. 

Next week we’ll provide you with information about community standards and what it means to be a member of our academic community. More details will be included in next week’s Bulletin.

Until next week, be well!


 Chris Chamberlin
Dean of Students
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.