CUHR Connection: May 2024

May 23, 2024
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Dear colleagues,

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


  • After a difficult academic year, it’s important to be aware of the resources available to you. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides confidential counseling and support services designed to help faculty and staff manage their stress and maintain their mental health. Columbia employees and their household members are eligible to receive six free sessions per topic with a certified counselor. Call 844-636-1260 for more details or go to their website (Username: Columbia; Password: eap).
  • The EAP also provides life coaching services, separate from their counseling services. If you are pursuing a goal in any area of your life, a coach will help you develop greater clarity, confidence, and courage to achieve your desired outcome. Call 844-636-1260 to enroll in the life coaching program and receive up to six sessions with a Certified Life Coach.

Your Benefits

  • If you or your children are already thinking about the next academic year, explore the tuition program benefits offered to you and your eligible family members. Learn more by visiting the Tuition Programs page.  
  • May is also Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month. With your Maven maternity benefit, you’re never alone during pregnancy or after you’ve had a baby. Meet some of Maven’s pregnancy and postpartum providers and learn more about what Maven can offer you.

Upcoming Events

  • Dealing with the Elephant in the Room
    “Dealing with the Elephant in the Room” is a communications development seminar in where participants learn the skills to talk to anyone about anything. Participants begin by identifying the uncomfortable issues and realties they face at work and at home. They also learn how to confront such issues with tact, empathy, and clarity.
    Thursday, May 23: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Register

  • Positive Parenting
    Every child is different, but chances are that more than once you’ve found yourself wondering how on Earth you can teach your child to behave. This seminar identifies how to use positive parenting to help guide and improve your child’s behavior, as an alternative to yelling, nagging, and punishing.
    Wednesday, May 29: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Details
  • Savi + TIAA Student Loan Forgiveness Workshop
    This live and interactive virtual webinar and Q&A session with student loan experts will help you: 1) Understand your best repayment options for managing your monthly payments; 2) Learn the basics of student loans and find out if you qualify for forgiveness; 3) Get started with Savi to make managing your loans even easier!
    Wednesday, June 5: 2 – 3 p.m. | Register

  • The Successful Transition to College
    Colleges will require a number of forms, payments, and other assorted paperwork related to medical, financial, and academic standing long before your child arrives on campus. This webinar, presented by College Coach, will share how parents can help smooth the transition to college in the fall.
    Thursday, June 13: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Register

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

Workplace Tip

Looking for healthy foods around our campuses? The Fort Washington Greenmarket will open for the season on Tuesday, June 4 at the Irving Medical Center at 168th Street and Fort Washington Avenue. That’s in addition to the year-round greenmarket on the Morningside campus at 114th Street and Broadway. That one is open Thursdays and Sundays during the year. Both markets offer fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs, meats, cheeses and more.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Questions? Feedback? Let us know at [email protected].