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Wellness Ambassadors

Faculty Wellness Ambassadors serve as liaisons to other faculty members in supporting the success and wellbeing of our students.

Program Overview

Program Overview


The Wellness Ambassadors Program began as an initiative developed at the request of the Faculty Senate and trains Penn faculty to serve as liaisons to other faculty. Currently, the program is being piloted in the four undergraduate schools.

As of November 2016, there are 25 Wellness Ambassadors. All Wellness Ambassadors receive ICARE training and receive information about wellness initiatives on campus and resources available to students. Each school adopts its own approach to using Wellness Ambassadors in their schools, but all Wellness Ambassadors work to promote an awareness and understanding of student wellness.

Program Resources

Helping Students: Who Can I Call? A Guide for Faculty

Guidance for whom to contact across campus

What's Happening with Wellness on Campus

  • Weekly meditation sessions are available to all students for free! Part of Campus Health's Be Well Progam. Schedule is available here

  • Free monthly yoga is available to students (sponsored by Campus Health and Campus Recreation) on the first Thursday of every month at 6:00pm on Shoemaker Green.  Schedule is available here.

  • Campus Health runs a Sleep Well Campaign, which offers free Sleep Kits to students through SHS (students can just ask the cashier). If you would like a copy of a poster on the importance of sleep to display in your office or department, contact (215) 746-3535.

    • Did you know: Penn students most commonly report academic stress as the one factor that they most strongly attribute to trouble with sleeping. Check out other statistics from Sleep Well: A Year in Review 2015-2016.

  • CAPS is offering two new student groups this semester:

    • International Peer Student Support Group (Mandarin)

      • This one-hour weekly mandarin-speaking group aims to provide international students who speak mandarin a supportive space to share experiences, discuss topics unique to them (e.g., language and cultural barriers), receive support, identify available resources, and develop more effective coping skills in adjusting to U.S. and Penn.

    • Tell Us Your Story

      • Experiences of discrimination and marginalization that occur in the world impact and shape the lived experience of each of us and our Penn community. This group provides an opportunity to explore how these events and experiences affect one's daily life, health, and wellness. This space affirms diversity and fosters inclusion, acknowledges oppression and offers support through story telling.

 

Helpful Links

Training Materials

Click here to access the training materials and videos from the May 4, 2016 Wellness Ambassador Program. 

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