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In addition to the role of individual faculty members in supporting student well-being, staff, ( i.e. academic advisors) within colleges and departments can also coordinate these efforts. Staff can embed conditions for well-being into various departmental activities to positively impact the well-being of both students and faculty.
- Communicate the importance of faculty members taking care of their own states of well-being.
- Create a student-led wellness group that makes recommendations for improvements in departmental policies and practices.
- Provide training for faculty in recognizing and responding to students in distress. Learn more about CSU Health Network’s Notice and Respond program.
- Create consistent systems for gathering and implementing faculty and student feedback within the department.
- Create a first-year (or longer) informal course that combines mentoring from both a faculty member and a peer mentor (e.g., third-year student) with well-being lessons/activities.
- Provide training and support to teaching assistants in well-being practices
- Create informal activities/events for faculty and students to get to know one another.
- Allow time for faculty to share well-being practices they are incorporating into their classes.
- Plan wellness activities. Examples include:
- A wellness week with different activities like a sleep or exercise challenge, spending time outdoors, mindfulness group, or a self-care class.
- Ongoing classes such as yoga, Zumba or meditation.
- Support faculty well-being.
- Within a professional development series, build in classes related to mindfulness, self-compassion and self-care.
- Set up ongoing classes for faculty in yoga or meditation.
- Plan book studies related to wellness topics (e.g., using the book The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky).