Student Wellness Advisory Group 

The Student Wellness Advisory Group (SWAG) serves as a liaison between the Stritch School of Medicine student body and the administration. SWAG advocates on behalf of the student body to ensure that student wellness concerns are represented, recognized, and provided for. SWAG also works to promote balanced, healthy practices among the diverse student population. This mission is fulfilled through multifaceted programming, advocacy, and awareness efforts.


Our current M2 SWAG Board members are:

  • Rachel Bartnett
  • Margaret Desmond 
  • Quinn Johnshoy 
  • Lisa Mordell
  • Evan Sitar 
  • Cathy Zhang 

Our current M1 SWAG Board members are: 

  • Sri Contractor
  • Jessica Diol
  • Lydia Hyla 
  • Maxwell Sandler
  • Riya Trivedi
  • Kailynn Yang 

To connect with SWAG for more information or with any questions, please contact


WELL Committee Survey

Do you have an idea for improving campus culture or wellness at Stritch?  Or any feedback about wellness in general?  Please fill out this form and someone from the WELL Committee will get back to you.  We will discuss your suggestion at our monthly Wellness meeting.


Wellness Resources

SWAG has compiled a list of both on-campus and off-campus wellness resources for Stritch students.  Please see important Mental and Emotional Health Resources here.  There is also a complilation of testimonials from Stritch students who have sought out counseling resources during medical school.  Please read these Experiences with Seeking Therapy - Student Testimonies here.


SWAG Presents "Stritch Student Magazine"

Our e-zine features discussions with phrsicians surrounding their own personal wellness struggles and path to becoming a physician, nutrition and exercise sections, and student creations including artwork, poetry, and writing.  This publication offers students an opportunity to share their own passions that help them prioritize their wellness while also learning from others.  If you would like to submit content for the e-zine, click here. Note that we've changed the name as of Issue #3!

The Wellness Chronicle, Issue 1

The Wellness Chronicle, Issue 2

Stritch Student Magazine, Issue 3


Coffee and Clarity

Coffee & Clarity is held bi-weekly as a space for people to gather and share their experiences, reflect on how they've been feeling, or simply hang out and meet some new people.  Keep an eye out for the weekly SWAG newsletter in your email which will list the upcoming times for Coffee & Clarity!

HSD Coordinated Assistance & Resource Education (CARE)

As a Jesuit institution with a social justice mission, Stritch is a community that puts students first.  The HSD Coordinated Assistance & Resource Education (CARE) referral is an around-the-clock resource for students to refer someone about whom they may have a concern. Students may enter a referral regarding wellness, academic, or social concerns.  Once a referral is submitted, the Student Affairs team will follow up to connect the student of concern with the appropriate campus resources or simply check-in to offer guidance and support.  All HSD CARE referrals are confidential.  Reporters may choose to remain anonymous.  If you have any questions regarding HSD CARE referral, please feel free to contact Viviana Martinez, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at