CUHR Connection: February 2024

February 19, 2024
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Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the February edition of Your CUHR (Columbia University Human Resources) Connection, designed to provide a snapshot of what Human Resources offers you.


  • No matter where you are in life - just getting started or planning for retirement - a session with a TIAA financial consultant can help you create a plan for your goals. And, it's at no cost as a part of your retirement plan. One-on-one, in-person sessions will take place at both the Studebaker Building (615 West 131st Street) or the Hammer Health Sciences Building (701 West 168th Street) during February and March. The next session is Monday, February 26. View the full schedule. Vanguard is also hosting one-on-one phone and video consultations in the coming weeks. Register here for a meeting with Vanguard.
  • If you had a Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Dependent Care FSA in 2023, then March 31, 2024 is the deadline to submit any claims from 2023 to UnitedHealthcare. To check your FSA balance or submit a claim, visit or call United Healthcare for assistance at 800-232-9357.

Your Benefits

  • February is American Heart Month. The Office of Human Resources-Benefits is hosting the inaugural CUThrive event on Tuesday, February 27 from 12 to 1 p.m. Join us for a panel discussion where Dr. Corey Bradley, Dr. Margaret McEntegart, Yelitza Castanos, DNP, and Dr. Biana Roykh from ColumbiaDoctors Cardiology, Primary Care and the Columbia College of Dental Medicine will discuss the importance of, and how to adopt heart healthy lifestyle behaviors to help you live your most optimal life.
  • The Tuition Programs Lunch & Learn Series is back! Starting on February 29, eligible employees can hear directly from the Tuition Programs staff about the different educational benefits offered to them. The first webinar will focus on Student Loan Forgiveness with Savi and TIAA. Here’s the full 2024 calendar.

Learning & Development

  • Spring 2024 Workshop registration is now open!

    Learning & Development workshops provide skill building and professional enrichment, through a variety of methods. Workshops are organized into three categories – Develop Yourself, Develop Your Skills, and Develop Your Team – to help you find the best course to meet your needs. Check out the current workshops and register for one today.

Upcoming Events

  • Boosting Your Positive Outlook, hosted by Columbia University Benefits
    This webinar from your Employee Assistance Program will help participants understand the ways in which this seemingly automatic negative thinking occurs, recognize its typical manifestations, and develop a process for tackling negative thoughts effectively.
    Tuesday, February 20: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Register

  • Compassion Fatigue
    This webinar from your Employee Assistance Program will guide you through what compassion fatigue is, the signs and symptoms and real-life strategies to combat the exhaustion in our everyday lives.
    Friday, February 23: 2-2:30 p.m. | Register

  • Student Loan Forgiveness Workshop, sponsored by Savi & TIAA
    Join this online webinar to find out how you can explore lowering your student loan payments and working toward forgiveness.
    Wednesday, February 28: 12-1 p.m. | Register

  • Protect Your Future, sponsored by Vanguard
    Learn how to protect your retirement savings and understand the choices you have with the money you've worked so hard to accumulate in your plan.
    Friday, March 1: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Register

  • All upcoming events can be found on the Human Resources events page.

Workplace Tip

Do you commute to work? Are you familiar with the Transit/Parking Reimbursement Program? You can save money each month by participating. Learn more on our website, and calculate how much you could save each month.

Hope you enjoyed the wintry weekend! Have a great rest of the week.

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