A Message of Hope from Chief Wellness Officer Dr. Benoit Dubé and University Chaplain Rev. Charles “Chaz” Howard.
The Wellness at Penn initiative affirms wellness as a core priority and necessary driver of life on campus. It offers opportunities to reflect and engage on issues of wellness, stress, mental health, resilience, happiness, personal and academic goals, and the meaning of success. And it defines wellness as an ongoing holistic process with multiple dimensions.
It is closely integrated with such essential campus wellness resources as Campus Health, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Student Health Service, and the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives.
Through this initiative, we aim to spotlight, empower, and catalyze the wide range of partners advancing wellness on campus and provide avenues of dialogue and collaboration for them to sustain their essential work. Together, students, faculty, and staff will explore how best to create a shared campus-wide culture of well-being, strengthening ourselves as individuals and as a community by opening ourselves up to our vulnerabilities and to what makes us human.
To any Penn faculty or staff interested in joining us in this wellness work, please consider reaching out to become a Wellness Partner. Wellness Partners is a campus-wide program that visually designates faculty and staff who are knowledgeable about Penn wellness resources. The entry point is ICARE or AVA training. The Wellness Partners program intends to promote conversation between faculty and students. The “work” consists of making yourself available to students seeking information or referrals. Faculty and staff who are interested in Wellness Partners should be highly visible, trained, caring, and responsive; familiar with resources and how to refer; and be willing to have open doors to students who may need assistance. You can reach out to Director of Campus Health, Ashlee Halbritter with interest or questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).