About the Program

What are GROW Grants?

GRaduates Optimizing Wellness (GROW) Grants is a program designed to help graduate student communities access existing wellness resources on campus. Graduate student groups and departments may apply for funds to host wellness-focused workshops for their students at no cost.

Who can apply?

Any “intact community” which, in broader terms, means a community centered around a shared affiliation or identity may apply for a grant. Priority will be given to academic departments, schools or programs, and Registered Graduate Student Organizations. Applications will be reviewed on the 1st and 15th of every month. Applicants will be notified the following business day.

About the Wellness Fee

This program is generously funded by the Wellness Fee, which aims to support wellness services and programming services for students at UC Berkeley. To learn more, visit their site.

Fall 2021 Workshops

Art & Wellness Workshops

Let us bring the artmaking to you virtually! We offer drawing, painting and sculpture workshops taught via Zoom.

The Berkeley Art Studio, a unit of the Student Union, offers classes and workshops to UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff, and alumni in a variety of media including ceramics, photography, drawing, painting, printmaking, and design. We invite you to take a break from your studies to learn a new skill in a fun and relaxing environment. You’ll have a chance to socialize with other students while channeling your inner-creativity. We look forward to working with you!

  • Take a break, spend time with your classmates, and participate in a relaxing drawing workshop. We’ll teach you basic drawing skills in a fun and welcoming environment. No drawing experience necessary!

    Themes include: animals, landscapes, still-life with everyday objects, and more.

    Time: 1 hour
    Maximum number of participants: 40
    Price: $300
    Location: Online via Zoom
    Materials: Pencil & Paper

  • Learn the basics of watercolor as you spend time with fellow students. We’ll cover color mixing, paint layering, and composition, as we explore this fun and relaxing medium. No painting experience necessary!

    Themes include: landscapes, succulents, flowers, Berkeley imagery (Campanile, bears, etc.)

    Time: 1 hour
    Maximum number of participants: 40
    Price: $300
    Location: Online via Zoom
    Materials*: watercolors (any set, even simple Crayola Kids set), watercolor brush (small, with a point), and watercolor paper (preferred, but you can experiment with other thick papers)

    *Note: The Art Studio can provide materials upon request for an additional fee. At least 3 weeks notice is required.

  • Turn everyday materials from your kitchen into a work of art. As you relax and enjoy the company of your fellow students, make homemade salt dough and learn to sculpt it into a variety of forms. Make everyday objects, mini foods, and more. After baking, add a magnet and remember the workshop by adding your art to your fridge!

    Themes include: mini-baked goods, sushi, animals, and more.

    Time: 1 hour
    Maximum number of participants: 40
    Price: $300 per group
    Location: Online via Zoom
    Materials and Equipment: Flour, salt, water, baking sheet, oven, spices & paint (optional)


Building an Inclusive Community

The UC Berkeley Multicultural Education Program (MEP) aims to increase campus dialogue and help build bridges of respect, understanding, and belonging. MEP Facilitators Ashley Kelly, MSW and James Kato, MEd facilitate MEP’s “Building an Inclusive Community” workshop, specifically designed for graduate students. The workshop is currently available to GROW Grantees. Participants will have the opportunity to get to know one another, explore identity through the lens of upbringing and place, and bring together the professional and personal in talking through the space that social identities hold in graduate students’ lives. This two-hour workshop was initially designed through a collaboration between MEP and staff in the College of Environmental Design. It has subsequently been offered in several campus departments.

Transitioning from Self-Criticism to Kindness

Along with being high performers many graduate students are also really hard on themselves.  Self-Criticism is often the harsh voice that can leave us feeling beaten up rather than helping us. And there is research to support this idea. Many people however, fear that giving up their self-criticism will leave them unmotivated or unaccountable.  There is an alternative, however, to help us break our entrenched pattern and develop a clearer more balanced way to help.  In this talk, Dr. Amy Honigman, the Graduate Assembly Wellness Specialist, will be addressing issues related to finding alternatives to self criticism by generating more positive feelings to balance our reactive self criticism and instead enhance our motivation and resilience.

Communicating with Faculty

Graduate student relationships with faculty members are regarded by students as one of the most important aspect of their graduate education. Yet there are times when communication and understandings between grad students and faculty becomes problematic causing stress and delays in completing the degree.  In this workshop, Dr. Amy Honigman, the Graduate Assembly Wellness Specialist, will be covering ways to enhance communication, expectations, and interpersonal concerns to deal with this complicated relationship.

Coping with COVID-19

COVID and shelter in place has had a huge impact on all of our lives.  As we protect our physical health we also need to consider our mental health during this time.  Amy Honigman, Ph.D. the Graduate Assembly Wellness Counselor and Sr. Clinical Psychologist from Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) will be presenting on Coping with COVID; looking at the impact of the pandemic on our daily lives.   This workshop is intended to provide you with some timely and tangible skills/tools to alleviate some of your stress.

Healing Spaces: Call for Collaborations

The PATH to Care Center recognizes that healing can take a variety of forms for each individual. Established in January 2019, The Healing Space is a series of collaborative workshops where we invite in community healers and facilitators trained in a variety of different healing modalities such as trauma informed yoga, mindful meditation, reiki, herbal medicine, art therapy, drama therapy and more. This program offers unique opportunities to reconnect to the self and explore what self-care as well as community-care are to an individual. If your department, organization, or community can benefit from a virtual healing workshop, please submit your interest.

Past Workshops: Please visit http://bit.ly/HealingSpaceInfo for more information about our past workshops and learn about some of our instructors.

Creating a Culture of Respect Workshop Series

The PATH to Care Center has developed several prevention workshops designed to build healthy professional relationships and creating social norms change in your academic community. Click below to see the objectives of each workshop and learn more. Workshop times vary from 60-90 mins.

    • Humans are social creatures – we crave relationships and positive interactions, just as we crave essentials like water and food. The better our relationships are at work, the happier and more productive we can be. This workshop uses interactive exercises to foster participation and discussion to help grad students identify healthy and respectful workplace norms and values to prevent harm and harassment. It also offers practical guidance for grad students to explore the characteristics and benefits of respectful relationships, both personally and professionally.

    • Good working relationships positively shape how we engage with colleagues and friends and offer benefits, including more enjoyable work with those around us. The opportunity to set boundaries impacts our wellness and can sometimes mean the difference between a stressful day, job, experience and an empowering one. This workshop helps grad students identify boundary crossings and violations in both our work and personal relationships, with the goal of empowering participants to explore setting healthy and appropriate boundaries. This workshop uses interactive exercises to foster participation and discussion.

    • Offered by the PATH to Care Center. We have a right to experience a workplace free of harm and harassment. This workshop will help participants learn strategies to create workplaces and academic environments that encourage a culture of respect. This workshop is designed for anyone wanting to gain practical skills for uplifting positive social norms in their department, including ways to strengthen communication and engage in active bystander behavior when we recognize harmful behaviors. This 90-minute workshop uses interactive exercises to foster participation and discussion.