To ensure that students can turn to someone for help with fundamental – and non-academic – life needs, we need to provide them with wellness development and support. We hope to provide students with the support they need to overcome challenging life circumstances, improve their ability to engage in self-care, and help them become aware of the opportunities and resources to enhance their overall well-being even when they are not facing a particular hardship.
1. Offer counseling services that provide all students in need with support that helps them deal with specific life challenges and promotes their capacity for academic and personal success.
2. Provide resources that promote overall psycho-emotional well-being and self-awareness (i.e., not just support for challenges and crises, but an effort to maximize wellness).
3. Maintain services, resources, and events that promote physical wellness (e.g., on-campus gym; exercise programs).
4. Utilize support technology to help faculty identify at-risk students (or allow students to self-identify) and direct them to supportive resources.
5. Provide resources and referrals that help students meet their basic needs, such as food and housing.