Update, September 13: This article has been updated to direct readers to the most current version of the statement. Learn more.

As you may have heard announced during one of the many sessions focused on integrated wellbeing at the 2018 NIRSA Annual Conference in Denver, both NIRSA and NASPA’s Boards of Directors recently endorsed a joint statement on wellbeing.

NIRSA and NASPA’s statement, Health and Wellbeing in Higher Education: A Commitment to Student Success, highlights strategic commitments from both associations in pursuit of innovating, supporting, and fostering a holistic, integrated, and strategic approach to wellbeing from the association level to the institutional level.

In addition, crafting and signing on to this joint statement models the type of collaboration both NIRSA and NASPA recognize as essential to breaking down barriers within higher education and advancing this work. Collaboration is critical to integrated approaches to health and wellbeing and NIRSA and NASPA leaders intend to take the statement to other higher education organizations for their support.

Collaboration played an integral role in bringing this statement into being; it is a direct outcome of the NIRSA/NASPA Thought Leadership Forum on Wellbeing, as well as the ongoing, great work of members on their campuses.

With the recent adoption of the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan by the NIRSA Board of Directors, NIRSA intends to not only continue working in the wellbeing space, but to be a driving force in an integrated approach to health and wellbeing.

We are excited to have the diverse, talented NIRSA membership continuing the advancement of this crucial work. As always, stay tuned to NIRSA news for updates, resources, and ways to get involve—and be sure to share the forward-thinking work and new initiatives happening on your campus as well!

  • If you are interested in highlighting your campus or a NIRSA member’s achievements on your campus, pitch us your ideas.
  • For more information, please contact NIRSA Director of Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships Erin O’Sullivan.
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Erin O’Sullivan is currently the NIRSA Executive Communications, Advocacy, and External Affairs.