We’re familiar with why wellbeing programs are vital to the success of institutions of higher education, and we recognize that it takes a multitude of strategies and collaborators to create and sustain a culture of wellbeing.

See how NIRSA institutional member The Ohio State University was able to use their established culture of wellbeing to continue succeeding in a virtual world. Review evidence-based practices and key considerations for building a foundation, which paved The Ohio State University’s way as they pivoted during the pandemic.

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We’ve made it halfway through 2020…stay tuned as NIRSA launches new wellbeing resources!

More wellbeing news coming soon

If you found the above resource—”Leveraging System-wide Well-being and Resiliency in Higher Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic”—and context helpful, know that more resources like it are coming soon. The Health & Wellbeing Member Resource Development Team is hard at work to produce a digest that will bring resources like this straight to your inbox!

The goals of this digest are to communicate collective work in the wellbeing field; share research; connect members to existing wellbeing resources, tools, and surveys; and communicate training and development opportunities in the wellbeing space.

Member Resource Development Team

Last summer, NIRSA’s Health & Wellbeing Task Force launched a wellbeing survey. After analyzing the results, the Task Force began to form several work teams to help meet the needs identified by members.

One area of need noted by members was around resources. To this end, the Member Resource Development Team was created. They work in close conjunction with the Health and Wellbeing Task Force to help communicate and develop resources that support the education and development of NIRSA members as it relates to integrated wellbeing.

This workgroup is:

  • Michele Martin (Chair), Associate Director Student Wellness & Health Promotion at Georgia Southern University
  • Lindsay Brookey, Assistant Director Fitness & Wellness at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Leah Bank, Fitness & Wellness Coordinator at Cal State University Bakersfield
  • Chavonne Shorter, On-Site Wellness Coordinator for University System of Georgia
  • Kim Clark, Director of Campus Recreation at University of Houston
  • Stacy Connell (Liaison to Health & Wellbeing Task Force), SLC Wellbeing

The team is always looking for more help – get in touch if you’d like to play a role in bringing wellbeing resources to the NIRSA membership!

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

Michele Martin is currently the Associate Director Student Wellness & Health Promotion at Georgia Southern University and chair of the NIRSA Health and Wellbeing Task Force's Member Resource Development Team; you can reach her by email at mmartin@georgiasouthern.edu.