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Prioritizing your well-being doesn’t have to be a challenge, and you don’t need to do it alone. Graduate Studies is excited to offer CoJourn, a peer-to-peer program to support well-being, to graduate students this spring. 

These challenging times are calling for all of us to adapt to new ways of living our usual lives. Setting up additional structures of support and opportunities to create social connection can be an important step in boosting well-being, staying engaged, and enabling us to meet the challenges before us.

We all can use more follow-through, accountability and connection in our lives. That’s where CoJourn can make that difference for you. CoJourn helps you finally prioritize what matters most to you, while connecting with a partner you choose for mutual support and accountability.

What is CoJourn and How Does it Work?

Cojourn is a structured 12-week program of peer-to-peer support. Participants choose a partner (or we can help you find one!), set goals for yourself, and then give and receive support in a framework that is actually do-able!

Program Timeline

  • Tuesday, November 7th from 4–5:30PM Stay the Path Workshop via zoom
    This is a stand-alone workshop that introduces some of the research-based practices embedded in the CoJourn program that can support you in your journey as a graduate student including accountability structures, practicing self-compassion and sustaining a celebratory focus as you pursue your goals. A recording will be available for those that cannot attend the live session.
  • Tuesday, December 12th from 1-2:00PM What is CoJourn? via zoom
    Learn about the CoJourn program and how you can be a part of it. A recording will be available for those that cannot attend the live session.
  • Tuesday, December 12 Registration opens.
  • Friday, January 26 at 12pm Registration closes
  • Tuesday, January 30th from 4-5:30PM Program Launch via zoom. Learn how to do the CoJourn program. 
  • Thursday, February 8 from 3:30-5:00pm Q & A Join this session to get any of your questions about the program answered by the program facilitators.
  • Tuesday, March 5 at 12:45pm Mid-Program Check-in
  • Wednesday, May 1st at 12:45pm End of Program Wrap-Up

What does the program look like?

First, you select a CoJourn partner. You can sign up with another graduate student or we can help you find a good partner match.

Next, you set an intention related to an area of your life that you want to work on for a sustained period of time (3 months). Past CoJourn participants have set the following intentions:

  • Finish a project that keeps being put off 
  • Make more time for joy and fun 
  • Prioritize my own needs 
  • Stay socially connected 
  • Learn strategies to manage my anxiety better
  • Feel strong and healthy in my body
  • Get more organized 

The intention you set is up to you and your needs and interests.

Each week for three months you'll check-in with your partner for 30 minutes (phone, video call) to share updates on your goals and to offer compassionate, non-judgmental support along the way. Each week you' and your partner will set small, manageable and achievable goals for the upcoming week that help you to move toward your intention.

To support you on the journey, you'll receive weekly emails for guidance and encouragement, goal tracking template and a copy of the CoJourn Companion Guide and Workbook. You'll also have the opportunity to attend the (optional) mid-point process check-in meeting, get support with the program, celebrate your successes,  and continue to connect with other CoJourn participants 

Benefits of CoJourn

  • Sustained focus and follow through on something you want in your life 
  • Weekly, protected time to slow down and reflect on what's important to you 
  • A closer connection with another person who knows about your life 
  • The gift of learning from the struggles and successes of your partner 
  • The opportunity to celebrate small successes together 

Sounds pretty great, doesn't it? Watch for information on how to sign up in January.

Sign Up for CoJourn