Study on Graduate School Cyberbullying and LGBTQ+ Discrimination within UB

Dear UB Community:

We are researching the presence and effects of cyberbullying and substance use, in general and for LGBTQ+ individuals, among students, faculty, and staff in higher education. Research shows that LGBTQ+ secondary-age youth are disproportionately more likely to experience cyberbullying and associated trauma than their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts; however, limited research explores this relationship among adult learners and higher education (Abreu & Kenny, 2017).

We request your input to help us gain a better sense of our community’s perspectives and experiences. To that end, we’ve developed a survey that will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. There are multiple choice questions as well as opportunities for a more extended sharing of experiences. Attached to this post is an informed consent document that outlines the details of this study and will help you decide if you would like to participate.

At the end of the survey, you will be asked about your willingness to participate in a one-time, 1-hour interview with the researchers via Zoom. If you indicate your willingness to participate, please include your email so that we may follow up to schedule the interview. If you would prefer not to submit your email with your survey response, you may email the researchers separately to schedule the interview. For your participation in the interview, you will receive $25.00.

Link to the survey:

 Please complete the survey by the closing date, July 31, 2020, and contact us at or for more information.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Courtney Doxbeck
Ph.D. Student
Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology

Tiffany Karalis Noel, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Learning and Instruction

IRB Approval

Informed Consent Form

GSEU Emergency Reverse Town Hall Meeting

The GSEU has asked that we share the following information about opportunities to talk to SUNY about the challenges of COVID, as well as about responses to police violence and anti-racist organizing. While the attached invitation makes mention of the union, this event is open to all graduate students, not just those represented by the union.

Emergency Reverse Town Hall Call

Questions can be directed to the Business Agent of GSEU Buffalo Juhi Roy

GSA Summer Office Hours

Please note that the GSA is now on summer hours:

Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 4:00pm, closed on Friday (closed for lunch daily 1:00 – 2:00pm)

Regular business hours will resume with the start of the Fall semester on Monday, August 31st.

UB Counseling Virtual Outreach Workshops

UB Counseling Services is facilitating virtual drop-in, outreach workshops that focus on providing psychoeducation and support. A variety of workshops are available Monday – Friday to meet the needs of undergraduate and graduate students and faculty and staff.

Psychoeducational workshops are intended to provide information, skills and support. These workshops are not a form of mental health treatment. If you would like to speak with a counselor, please call us at (716) 645-2720. In the event of a mental health emergency, please contact our office at (716) 645-2720, Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM. After-Hours call 716-645-2720 and press option “2” to speak with a counselor.

Virtual Workshops are offered through Zoom. Please download Zoom in advance. Please click on the link in each of the descriptions at the appointed time and you will be able to join the group. Return as many times as you like. No registration or RSVP is required. I If you have trouble accessing the link, please call UB Counseling at (716) 645-2720.

Connection and Compassion for International Students

This workshop is intended for international students. Over the past few months, there has been a multitude of changes nationally and internationally affecting schools, workplaces, and communities. This has led to an increased sense of social isolation and challenges for many students. This workshop will highlight unique challenges experienced by international students; introduce strategies and resources for coping, and ways to cultivate compassion and connection with others in this era of social distancing.

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Wed. 6/10, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Thurs. 7/9, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Mon. 8/24, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Creating Routine to Support Distance Learning

This workshop will focus on the impact that distance learning has on the current student experience. Effective tools to increase routine and motivation will be provided as well as resources for virtual academic support.

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Thurs. 6/11, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Mon. 7/13, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Wed. 8/26, 11:00 AM– 12:00 PM

Creative Expression: Art as a Medium for Emotional Exploration and Support

Engaging in creativity can serve as a way to express emotions without words, process complex emotions and decrease stress. This workshop will provide education surrounding the benefits of art and self-expression for increasing mental wellness. Accessible tools and ways to increase creative expression will be explored.

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Mon. 6/1, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Wed. 7/1, 11:00 AM– 12:00 PM

Fri. 7/31, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Cultivating Connections and Social Supports While Physically Distancing

This workshop will address the impact of social isolation and the current affect on mental health and overall wellness. Coping skills and tools to increase virtual connections will be provided.

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Mon. 6/15, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Wed. 7/15, 11:00 AM– 12:00 PM

Fri. 8/14, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Daily Living Skills Support

Access to basic needs and daily living skills may be negatively impacted by COVID-19. This in turn may directly affect overall mental wellness. This workshop will provide information and resources related to basic needs support and increasing daily living skills. Supports including access to healthy and nutritious food, stable housing, financial support and ways to increase self-advocacy and resiliency will be provided.

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Wed. 6/3, 11:00 AM– 12:00 PM

Fri. 7/3, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Tues. 8/4, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Helping Students Adjust During Distance Learning: How Faculty and Staff Can Support Students

This workshop will provide information for faculty and staff surrounding the impact of COVID-19 on students. Ways to recognize and assist students in emotional distress will be covered as well as the impact of overall stress. Strategies will be provided to support students during this time of transition, change and loss.

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Wed. 6/17, 3:00 PM– 4:00 PM

Fri. 7/17, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Wed. 8/12, 11:00 AM– 12:00 PM

Hope and Resiliency: Managing Change and Ambiguous Loss

This workshop will focus on changes and associated losses resulting from the current COVID-19 crisis. Topics will include shifting to distance learning, social isolation, changing geographical location, inability to plan for the future and temporary loss of life as we know it. Tips and tools to increase coping and support will be provided.

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Fri. 6/19, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Tues. 7/21, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Mon. 8/10, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Life Through Loss: Coping with Covid-19 Related Grief

The intent of this workshop is to provide education and validation surrounding the impact of grief and loss associated with Covid19. It will also assist individuals in identifying strategies of self-care and support.

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Tues. 6/23, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Mon. 7/27, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Wed. 8/19, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Mindful Movement for Mental Wellness

Movement and brain health are connected and research suggest that physical exercise is beneficial for both the physical body and the mind. Mindful movement can increase cognitive functioning, emotional wellness, boosting mood and energy. This workshop will provide creative ways to move your body, support your mind and increase overall mind/body connection.

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Fri. 6/5, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Tues. 7/7, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Wed. 8/5, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Mindful Self-compassion and Self-care to Support Mental Health

This workshop will focus on the impact that stress and other mental health concerns have on overall health and wellness. Tools related to mindful self-compassion, symptom management and self-care will be provided to increase support.

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Wed. 6/24, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Thurs. 7/23, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Fri. 8/28, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Music for Mental Health

Music can serve as an outlet for processing emotions as well as boosting psychological well-being. Both listening to and creating music can also have positive effects on mood. This workshop will discuss creative ways to incorporate music into daily life. Skills to utilize music as a support for increasing emotional exploration and regulation will be provided.

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Tues. 6/9, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Wed.7/8, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Thurs.  8/6, 3:00 – 4:00 PM