Programs

Throughout the year, the Barnes Center at The Arch offers multiple programs. During these programs and events, the campus community comes together to support a cause or empower others. Learn more about the different programs, including awareness campaigns, in the events calendar and below.

If you’re hosting a health and wellness related event and would like to be included in the official Barnes Center at The Arch calendar, please complete the Event Submission Form.

Awareness Months

Every October, Syracuse University comes together to show its support for those affected by domestic and relationship violence. The month features Barnes Center at The Arch programming and events centered on raising awareness and creating a safer space. Events are hosted by the health and wellness team in combination with other University offices and departments, student groups and community partners. University offices and departments are encouraged to participate in the annual SU Goes Purple decorating contest.

Every January, Syracuse University comes together to raise awareness of stalking and its impact. Events are hosted by the health and wellness team in combination with other University offices and departments, student groups and community partners.

Every February, Syracuse University celebrates Frisky February, its own Sexual Health Awareness Month. Frisky February features fun, positive programming and events focused on educating the campus community about sexuality and relationships. Events are hosted by the health and wellness team in partnership with University offices and departments, student groups and the Syracuse community.

Every April, Syracuse University comes together to raise awareness and educate the community regarding alcohol use. Events are hosted by the health and wellness team in combination with other University offices and departments, student groups and community partners.

Every April, Syracuse University unites to raise awareness about and support survivors and victims of sexual assault. Throughout the month, the Barnes Center at The Arch offers educational, empowering and engaging programs and events to promote the importance of raising awareness and supporting those impacted by sexual and relationship violence. Events are hosted by the health and wellness team, other University offices and departments, student groups and community partners. All members of the campus community are encouraged to wear teal for Teal Tuesday. University offices and departments are encouraged to participate in the SU Goes Teal decorating contest.

Every April, Syracuse University raises awareness and educates the community regarding sexually transmitted infections and encourages everyone to get tested. Events are hosted by the health and wellness team in combination with other University offices and departments, student groups and community partners.

Awareness Weeks

During the first full week of October, Syracuse University comes together for Mental Health Awareness Week. This week’s programming and events bring attention to mental and emotional health in hopes to educate the campus community, share resources and break the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Every third week in October, colleges and universities across the nation host programs, forums and educational initiatives aimed to raise awareness of alcohol issues on campuses. The campus communities collaborate to design programs and dialogues that encourage safety and personal responsibility surrounding alcohol.

Each January, during the week of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Syracuse University comes together to celebrate Identity Week. The week-long events and programming bring attention to the impact of intersecting identities and how they play a role on mental health. Identity Week hopes to empower all people, marginalized or not  to feel valued and encouraged to seek support and mental health resources.

Every last week of February into March, Syracuse University comes together for National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. This week’s programming and events raise awareness for eating disorders in hopes to empower individuals to seek help and support one another.

Special Programs

Join the Be Wise Peer Educators for free food, music and games. This event aims to provide a space for students who choose to abstain from the use of alcohol and educate students who may choose to consume alcohol. Educational highlights include how to make informed decisions concerning alcohol and other substance use, potentially minimizing the risk of unintended outcomes.

Getting vaccinated annually is the best way to prevent the flu. Throughout the academic year, the Barnes Center at The Arch offers Flu Clinics for students, faculty and staff to receive a free flu shot.

As part of the national Get Yourself Tested (GYT) campaign, the Barnes Center at The Arch hosts multiple events giving students the opportunity to receive free and confidential sexually transmitted infections (STI) screenings. For more information on STI screenings and related resources, visit the Sexual Health webpage.

The Health Hub keeps us #PeelinGood!

The Health Hub is a weekly pop-up designed to promote wellness and encourage a healthy campus community. Each time the Health Hub appears, it's in a new place with a new health and wellness topic. Health and wellness interns, Peer Educators or knowledgeable staff guide participants through fun, interactive activities for free prizes! Participate in 10 Health Hubs during your time at Syracuse University and win an exclusive Health Hub water bottle. Be sure to follow @BeWellSU to know where the Health Hub is popping up next.

Sex in the Dark is a panel event featuring experts from the Syracuse University community. Panel members are experts in various topics including reproductive anatomy, STIs, consent, pleasure and more. Each panel expert answers students’ anonymous questions about sex and relationships. Prior to the panel discussion, campus resources table and give out free glow in the dark swag, sexual health supplies and other prizes.

Take Back the Night (TBTN) is an annual rally, march and speak-out event. Syracuse University campus members and the surrounding community unite to raise awareness of sexual and relationship violence. The rally features several speakers and performances and is followed by a march through campus and its surrounding areas. The speak-out that follows is a way for individuals to share in a safe and supportive space how interpersonal violence has affected their lives. TBTN is part of a global initiative to end sexual and relationship violence. For more information on Take Back the Night, visit the Take Back the Night Foundation website.

At the end of every semester, the Barnes Center at The Arch hosts Stress Less Events in partnership with other University departments and offices. These events give a space for students to relieve stress and relax before final exams. Featured activities include pet therapy, free snacks, chair massages and more.