Carnegie Mellon University

Student-Led Well-Being Initiatives

CMU Strangers Project   The Mindfulness Room  Pet Therapy

CMU Strangers Project 

Inspired by The Strangers Project, the CMU Strangers Project is collecting anonymous handwritten stories from the Pittsburgh campus to allow students, staff, faculty and alumni to share their stories and to demonstrate how diverse we are, as well as how similar and connected we are, too, through our shared experiences as members of the CMU community and, more broadly, as humans.

Read more the CMU Strangers Project and submit your story

Mindfulness Room

All Carnegie Mellon University community members have access to the Mindfulness Room, located on the ground floor of West Wing. (Please note that the Mindfulness Room is currently closed to adhere to COVID-19 safety precautions.) Typically, the Mindfulness Room is open 24 hours a day during the fall and spring semesters. It is not a reserve-able space.

The Mindfulness Room is a dedicated space on campus to simply rest, breathe, and relax with no agenda.

Mindfulness Room Events

On Tuesdays from 1:30-2 p.m., you are welcome to join us for our weekly gratitude practice. On Tuesday evenings, from 5-5:30 p.m., we host a weekly well-being check in that is open to all. Additional programs to date have included meditation and mindfulness events, therapeutic writing, relaxation and essential oil workshops, community building activities, mid-term exams and finals breaks, and animal therapy.

We thank the generous faculty and staff that have donated books of inspiration to this room. If you have a book(s), magazines and posters you wish to donate, please email Angie Lusk. Thank you also to The Soothing Company for their donation of bean bags for our relaxation. 

Mindfulness Room

Relaxation features of this room include plants, a soothing waterfall wall, yoga mats, meditation pillows and comfortable seating. We ask visitors not to bring homework or technology and to visit this room in a state of being present. This place is not for meetings or work, but to recover and inspire yourself. 

Inspirational parts of the room include books, the walls, a craft corner for play and a rotating art exhibit. The bookshelf houses favorite books from professors and faculty. Letters from alumni and upper-class students fill scrapbooks with stories of love, laughter, failure and more. The white board walls share supportive and inspiring notes from current students and community members.

Pet Therapy

Paws to Relax is one of the Mindfulness Room's weekly programs. Each week, we host two sessions of registered Therapets from Animal Friends, a local animal shelter, that provide comfort and support to members of our campus community. These volunteers bring their animals to campus free of charge to interact and socialize with the CMU community. Currently, dogs visit each week and we occasionally offer bunny visits, too! Join us on Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. in the Mindfulness Room.