Department Spotlight: Student well-being

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On October 18, 2023

Pups on the lawn

Students spend time with furry friends on the lawn of the Havener Center during Mental Well-being Awareness Week.

Students painting pumpkins during the We-Autumn Get-Together Connection Evening during Mental Well-being Awareness Week.

The heart of our campus’s well-being ecosystem is student well-being. At the core of every educational institution is a commitment to nurturing its students’ academic growth and holistic well-being. Student well-being embodies this dedication, providing a nurturing and supportive environment that empowers our students and the S&T community to thrive.

Student well-being provides counseling services, health promotion initiatives and prevention programs to empower the S&T community to thrive and enhance personal, academic and professional success.

Over the past year, student well-being has provided counseling to 11.5% of the student population. To keep up with the growing demand for services, the department uses a personalized model of care, to match students with the best resource for their specific concerns, including, but not limited to, individual or group counseling, health and wellness coaching, peer-facilitated support groups, and self-care resources. Student well-being has also spearheaded a well-being ambassador and champion program to provide training on how to recognize, respond, and intervene in situations where someone is struggling. 

Last week, student well-being hosted the fall 2023 Mental Well-Being Awareness Week with a series of events, training and activities to promote mental well-being, build social connections, and increase a sense of belonging on campus. Throughout the week’s 15 events, student well-being reached out to over 2,000 Miners. Other events included the Wellness Resource Fair, We-Autumn Get-Together Connection Evening, National Coming Out Day table, Family Night and much more. 

Dr. Dave Westenberg, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of biological sciences, led a balloon tower challenge for attendees at the We-Autumn Get Together Connection Evening.

The provost, College of Arts, Sciences, and Education, College of Engineering and Computing, Career Development Council, diversity, equity and inclusion, graduate education and undergraduate education were campus sponsors alongside the campus and community collaborators.

Student well-being is a team of 14 professionals, including counselors, wellness coordinators, and interns, led by director Jessica Gargus.

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