Bates College: Psychosocial Well-Being Initiative Grant

Psychosocial Well-Being Initiative Grant

The Purposeful Work Infusion Project at Bates College in Lewiston, ME exposes students to worlds of work, questions of identity and purpose, and reflection on decision-making about work through curricular infusions (see Appendix A). The project draws heavily from The Engelhard Project at Georgetown University as a model of successful curricular infusion, except at Bates we focus on work instead of health and wellness. According to international research summarized by Rath and Harter (2010), if an individual enjoys high Career Well-Being, he or she is likely to also thrive in the physical, social, community and financial domains of their lives. We therefore believe that targeting Career Well-Being through our infusions enhances overall psychosocial well-being. We have particularly targeted flourishing, engaged learning, career decision-making self-efficacy, vocational identity status, and the search for and presence of meaning in life for intervention and assessment in our Infusion Project. The Purposeful Work Infusion Project is one of four major programmatic offerings under the auspices of the Purposeful Work initiative, one of three strategic initiatives for Bates College introduced by President Clayton Spencer shortly after she joined Bates in Fall 2012.

Primary Investigator: Rebecca Fraser-Thrill, Director of Program Design for the Purposeful Work initiative and Lecturer in Psychology: rfrasert@bates.edu

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