EARS (Empathy, Assistance & Referral Service) provides training, workshops, and peer mentoring to promote mental health, well-being, and help-seeking among the Cornell campus community. 

EARS has reimagined its services through a new model of peer mentoring, support, and outreach which involves building relationships and integrating EARS-trained students into communities on campus. We have three new programs -- EARS Peer Mentors, Empathy Chairs, and EARS Liaisons -- that will expand our outreach to the Cornell Community.

Drop-in Peer Mentoring hours will be offered every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings starting Tuesday 10/5 at 626 Thurston RM106 and Willard Straight Hall RM605. Check out our specific times and Peer Mentor biosPlease check out our new tabs to find out more information about each role. For our official statement on how EARS has changed, please click here


For more information and updates please visit our social media channels:

Facebook: @cornellears

Instagram: @cornell_ears




EARS (Empathy, Assistance and Referral Service) is a vibrant peer support, outreach, and training program open to all members of the Cornell community.



EARS Announces New Model

This Cornell Chronicle article explains our latest updates.


This FAQ helps address questions about our new model of services, to begin Fall 2021.

EARS is staffed by undergraduate, graduate students, and professional students and is advised by Cornell staff. EARS is student-run organization that is funded in part by the Student Activity Fee.


EARS will begin offering free, drop-in, peer mentoring hours in fall 2021. Check back soon for more information!

EARS offers training in active listening, empathy, and communication skills. Anyone in the Cornell Community is welcome to train to be a better communicator and leader.

EARS staff and trainers offer free interactive workshops upon request for any campus group.


"EARS really helped me learn to listen and understand people, regardless of their background or circumstance, and I really think it ultimately helps you become a more empathetic and considerate person as a result. Super grateful for every minute I spent in EARS and definitely recommend that everybody get involved if possible!"

Matt Chen '20