Participating in a university-based community effort will meet the participation guidelines (multi-week program, attending at least 85% of sessions over a minimum of 8-12 weeks), is necessary to be eligible for this 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 
  • Participating in Crafters@Case
  • Join a Sustained Dialogue group
  • Participate in our new program titled "Let's RISE Together"
  • Or, consider developing and participating in a new university-based community initiative to build bonds with others on campus. Contact Elizabeth Click, Medical Director, to determine if your group meets the criteria.

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. 

Tuesdays, 4-5:30pm (last 30 minutes is for Q&A) Sept. 20th - Nov. 8th via Zoom

Register Here


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 our short video!

Fall 2022 - Two series offered; both 12 weeks and both via Zoom
Wednesdays, 12-1p, beginning Sep 7th.
Thursdays, 12-1p, beginning Sep 8th.

Those who have not yet participated in previous Books@Work groups will have priority. Please email Zach Brommerich ( if you are interested in participating.


Crafters@Case brings together a diverse group of faculty, staff and students from CWRU, University Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic. Groups meet Monday through Friday via Zoom. Contact Tanya Smith ( for the Zoom link.

Please consider joining a session, Mondays through Fridays from 12:30-1:30 pm. Most people participate on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Crafters@Case continue to make items for donation to Laura's Home Women's Crisis Center (women and children) and FrontLine Service (families). Women's and children's items will be donated to either facility, and any men's items will be donated to FrontLine.

crafter donations

Learn more about Crafters@Case‌ projects, partners and locations.

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