Brian Gray and Juan Jeffrey sharing information with fellow CWRU employees at the Garden@Case community garden site on campus


Participating in a university-based community effort (multi-week program, attending at least 85% of sessions over a minimum of 8 weeks) is necessary to be eligible for this incentive. You must complete an attestation form in HCM by Nov. 30 to earn the incentive. 

Why is this Important?

Having close relationships at work has been found to positively affect employee retention, safety, work quality and engagement. Research indicates that people feel better emotionally when they do kind things for and with other people. Building community within the university is an important part of building well-being for faculty, staff and the university.

Options include:

  • Discuss books with friends at Reflection Point 
  • Participate in Crafters@Case
  • Join a Sustained Dialogue group 
  • Or, consider developing and participating in a new university-based community initiative to build bonds with others on campus. Contact Elizabeth Click, Medical Director, at to determine if your group meets the criteria.

NEW! Wellness Walk & Talk Series

Take a walk outside, connect with fellow faculty and staff, and expand your awareness of the innovative and creative activities occurring at CWRU with the new Wellness Walk & Talk Series! 

Walk & Talk sessions will be offered weekly during the months of July and August. The day of the week varies. All sessions will take place from 12:30-1:30 pm. 

Although this is a series, please register for each individual session you would like to attend. Registration is limited to ensure the group can stay together and the speaker can be heard. Use the links below to register. 

Friday, July 7 – Historical Center Tour, Janice Gerda

Monday, July 10 – Garden@Case: History, Future, & Campus Partners, Brian Gray and Juan Jeffrey

Monday, July 17 – Mindful Eating, Katie Nabors

Thursday, July 27 – Resistance Training 101, Curtis Bickham

Monday, July 31 – Sustainability and Green Spaces, Stephanie Corbett

Wednesday, August 2 - Entrepreneurship and Building a Network, Michael Goldberg *Rescheduled from 6/29 due to air quality

Thursday, August 10 – Women's College Historical Tour, Janice Gerda

Friday, August 18 – Safety on Campus, Public Safety Team

These events are open to all faculty and staff. Attend at least 7 of the 8 sessions to earn a Community Well-being Program Incentive. 

Look for this series again in 2024!

Reflection Point

Reflection Point brings professor-led literature seminars to workplaces and community settings to build confidence, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. Over the course of 12 weeks, the group will discuss three different books. Through shared narratives, Reflection Point encourages and nurtures work cultures rooted in trust, open dialogue and strong social connection – all critical elements of wellbeing.

Learn more on the Reflection Point website.

Get a feel for the program by watching this short video:

Faculty and staff are invited to join one of two Reflection Point groups during Spring semester 2024:

Tuesdays, January 23 - April 9, 12:30-1:30 pm via Zoom

Wednesdays, January 24 - April 10, 12-1 pm via Zoom

Those who have not yet participated in previous Reflection Point groups will have priority. Please email if you are interested in participating.


Crafters@Case brings together a diverse group of staff, students and faculty from the Schools of Nursing, Engineering, MSASS, Research Administration, and multiple departments in the School of Medicine to create handmade donations in support of local community organizations. Groups currently meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays via Zoom. Everyone is welcome regardless of skill level.

crafter donations

Learn more about Crafters@Case‌. With questions or to join, email Angela Tagliaferri (, Tanya Smith ( or Sheila Campbell (

Sustained Dialogue

Be Part of the Conversation!
Join a Sustained Dialogue Group & Make a Positive Impact on Campus!

For almost 10 years, the CWRU Sustained Dialogue program brings together individuals from various backgrounds to discuss campus, local and national issues of concern, including diversity and inclusion matters. Dialogue groups are formed each year. No experience or special skills needed -- just attend and engage with others.

Learn more about Sustained Dialogue

Groups meet weekly to share their experiences and perspectives and work collectively to suggest ways to make the campus more welcoming & inclusive. Be part of the conversation and help make a positive change on campus! 

Benefits of Sustained Dialogue:

  • Meet individuals from across the campus
  • Develop new friendships
  • Enhance your communication & listening skills
  • Learn how to effectively engage in critical conversations 
  • Gain tools for and comfort in engaging with individuals from various backgrounds 
  • Develop proposals for positive change at CWRU

Look for more information on groups forming during the Spring 2023 semester - to be posted soon.

Building Community, Connections, and Personal Healing Through Storytelling

Recent research highlights increasing levels of loneliness experienced during the pandemic. The detrimental effects associated with social isolation and loneliness significantly impact our physical and mental well-being. Strengthening the ties that bind us together at CWRU is important for our individual and community well-being.

Join Matthew Dicks, author of "Storyworthy" and "Someday is Today", master storyteller, and multiple Moth GrandSLAM champion, in improving your ability to tell great stories while exploring your life more deeply and forming interesting new relationships with your workshop colleagues.

This 8-week program will teach the art of storytelling and will include interactions between program participants as people share the stories they have written. Attend this series to learn how to be a good storyteller and to experience the many ways in which storytelling can improve our lives. 

This program was offered during the Fall 2022 semester.