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The Graduate College's health and wellness workshops cover a wide range of beneficial topics that provide useful information in a clear, concise, and educational approach. The purpose of these workshops is to help graduate students and postdocs to improve focus, decrease stress, increase energy, develop healthy habits and be more effective in their academic and professional pursuits.

2021-2022 Workshop Series

Wellness Weekdays LogoThe Graduate College of Drexel University presents Wellness Weekdays, a series of workshops which focus on wellness of the mind, body, and spirit for graduate students and postdocs. These sessions offer an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to take a break from their academic pursuits, learn something new and engage with peers, faculty, and professional staff across the University.

Example Topics:

  • Mindful Mondays
  • Tasteful Tuesdays
  • Warm-Up Wednesdays
  • Try a Talent Thursdays

Have ideas for future Wellness Weekdays session? Email us at

Winter 2022

You are invited to Plant Forward Eating Pattern for Tasteful Tuesday

Tasteful Tuesday - Plant Forward Eating Pattern

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
12 - 1 p.m. ET
Virtual via Zoom



Cynthia Klobdu, MBChB, MPHCynthia Klobodu

PhD Student & Research Fellow
Department of Nutrition Sciences
College of Nursing and Health Professions

Cynthia Klobodu MBChB, MPH is a third-year PhD candidate in the Nutrition Sciences department, at the College of Nursing and Health Professions. She is a research fellow in the Community Nutrition lab, and a member of the Drexel Food Core Lab and the AgeWell Collaboratory Student Advisory Board.

Dahlia Stott, BSDahlia Stott

PhD Student & Teaching Assistant
Department of Nutrition Sciences
College of Nursing and Health Professions

Dahlia Stott, BS is a second year PhD student in the Nutrition Sciences department at the College of Nursing and Health Professions. She works in the Community Nutrition Lab and the Drexel Food Core Lab.

Description: Plant-forward or plant-based eating is a style of cooking and eating that emphasizes and celebrates, but is not limited to plant-based foods. Workshops participants will learn the benefits of minimizing meat intake and choosing lean meat, how to make their meals plant-forward, and how to grocery shop the plant-forward way.

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Fall 2021

Mindful Wednesday - How to Be Mindful in a World of Digital Distractions

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
12 - 1 p.m. ET
Virtual via Zoom

Jackie Murphy, MSN, BSN, ASNSpeaker: Jackie Murphy, EdD, RN, CNE, Assistant Clinical Professor, Chair, MSN Advanced Role and Complementary and Integrative Health Departments Graduate Nursing, Advanced Role MSN Department, College of Nursing and Health Professions 

Description: Do you feel it is hard to focus on the present moment because of constant digital distractions? Do you mindlessly reach for your phone? If yes, you are not alone. It can be incredibly difficult to focus on the present moment when we are presented with endless digital distractions. In this webinar, I will present mindful strategies that you can use to manage digital distractions. 

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Mindful Monday - Mindful Doodling for Stress Reduction

Monday, November 15, 2021
2 - 3 p.m. ET

Graduate Student Lounge
Main Building, Room 010A, Lower Level
3141 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

& Livestreamed via YouTube

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Michele RattiganSpeaker: Michele D. Rattigan, MA, ATR-BC, NCC, LPC, clinical associate professor in the Creative Arts Therapies department and Art Therapy and Counseling program at the College of Nursing and Health Professions

Description: Regardless of skill and experience, low-stakes (non-judgmental) art making such as experimenting with media and doodling have been shown to reduce stress, enhance self-efficacy, and provide a platform for creativity, play, and innovation.

Participants will learn about mindful doodling for stress reduction in this one-hour workshop and engage with art materials using four different portable methods of mindfulness-informed doodling that do not require planning, specific materials, or large amounts of time to set aside to practice.

Material suggestions for virtual participants: ANYTHING! Literally, you can’t mess this up… The beauty of the doodle.

Surfaces: Napkins, paper cups, notebooks, iPads (and other digital media), scrap paper,  

Drawing implements: ballpoint pens, gel pens, markers, pencils, stylus, etc. 

If online, you can use whatever you have available including digital platforms

Speaker Bio: Michele Rattigan (she/her) is a registered, board-certified art therapist, nationally certified/licensed professional counselor and clinical associate professor in the graduate Art Therapy and Counseling program of the Creative Arts Therapies Department. After graduating from Drexel’s art therapy program in 1996, Michele worked with individuals across the lifespan in a variety of settings including psychiatric, medical, rehabilitative and educational; 15 years in private practice; and three years as the creative arts therapies’ clinical coordinator at Drexel’s Parkway Health and Wellness.

Rattigan began teaching art therapy courses in 1999. Her teaching philosophy focuses on the dynamic teacher-student relationship and presence as pedagogy to support student growth that is trauma-informed, compassionate, socially mindful and grounded in cultural humility. The intersections of daily arts practices, everyday creativity, well-being, mindfulness, self-compassion, community compassion, interdisciplinary collaboration and equity in mental healthcare influence her work as a clinician, artist, writer, volunteer and educator.

Rattigan is currently a doctoral student in Drexel’s Health Sciences program where she is studying self-compassion and cultural humility in clinical education.

Accommodation Requests

If you have a documented disability and would like to request accommodations, please contact Disability Resources at 215.895.1401 or We greatly appreciate 72 hours of advance notice for these requests.

More Events

For more professional development workshops, click on the topics in the left-hand menu or visit our Events page for a complete list of events for graduate students and postdocs.