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  Session: Challenges Faced by LGBT Physicists
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Creating Space for Mental Health at CUWIP
  Meeting: 2017 Winter Meeting: Atlanta, Georgia
  Location: N/A
  Time: 1:30PM
  Author: Andrea J. Welsh,, Georgia Institute of Technology,
6786508017, awelsh8@gatech.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: As a college sophomore in 2009, I attended a Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWIP) at Yale. While I learned some valuable things, what should have been a great experience was tempered by my social anxiety and depression spending the conference feeling scared and unsuccessful. In 2016, I had an opportunity to chair a CUWiP. Remembering my difficulty at my first CUWiP, I decided to take a risk: we would host a breakout session on mental health. The session was well-attended, with over 30 students in the audience. This demonstrated to me and other CUWiP facilitators that this was a necessary topic to cover, and in 2017, a few sites have chosen to include this workshop. This talk will discuss the trial of creating a space to specifically talk about mental health topics and how to help students get the most out of new and stressful opportunities.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: Creating Space for Mental Health at CUWIP.pptx

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