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Building a Culture of Health and Wellbeing: A Strategic Discussion for Campus Recreation Directors

  • 0.3 NIRSA CEUs
  • Sunday, March 4, 2:00pm-5:00pm
  • Room 303
  • Kenneth Morton, CRSS, Stephen F Austin State University; George Brown, PhD,RCRSP, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Mick Deluca, CRSS,RCRSP, UCLA; Suzanne Harrington, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Executive
  • Must have preregistered to attend

Core Competencies

Philosophy & Theory
Business Management

As outlined in the Okanagan Charter, higher education plays a central role in the development of individuals, communities, societies, and cultures–locally and globally. The 2014 Gallup-Purdue Index Report affirmed, institutions of higher education have a responsibility to equip students to not only pursue better jobs, but also to successfully pursue better lives. In response to these calls to action, campuses are exploring new and expanded strategies to create cultures of health and wellbeing that impact student success and support thriving campus communities. Collegiate recreation leaders are poised to bring vision and thought leadership, as well as a proven track record of operational excellence, to this effort. This strategic discussion will explore examples of promising strategies and emerging best practices that integrate health and wellbeing into campus culture. Examples will include ways to move past “who owns“ wellness on campus to strategies for effectively working across boundaries towards a model where all aspects of campus are administered through a lens of good health. Options to focus on an upstream approach to implementing preventative measures that keep people thriving–while not ignoring the urgent needs of those in ill health–will be discussed. The workshop will include short presentations and ample time for discussion. Immediately following the session will be a networking social for campus recreation directors and divisional leaders.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify various strategies to embed a culture of health within a department, division, or campus-wide initiative.
  • Identify ways to effectively work across departments and divisions on campus to implement strategies that support a culture of health.
  • Understand campus recreation’s role in an upstream approach to promoting wellbeing.