Through the Well-being in Academic Settings project, Simon Fraser University (SFU) has explored how academic units (at the faculty, department and/or program level) can be engaged in the systemic support of well-being and whole student development. Led by SFU’s Health Promotion team, the project aims to work collaboratively with academic units in order to embed well-being and create positive change. The project’s development has been shaped by the following guiding questions:
- How can academic unit practices, policies, programs and curricula better support holistic student development and well-being?
- What are examples of practices, policies, programs and curricula that positively impact holistic student development and well-being?
Through collaborative exploration of these questions in partnership with academic units at SFU, the project has provided a catalyst for broad consultation with diverse campus stakeholders, including students, administrators, faculty members and staff. Campus stakeholders have been engaged through a number of means, including a Healthy Campus Community consultation, a student Healthy Campus Community consultation, policy focus groups and individual meetings with key individuals within academic units. The purpose of this consultation process has been to better understand how academic units are impacting students’ psychosocial well-being as well as to identify opportunities for how conditions could be improved to enhance student well-being, as well as how well-being can be embedded into practices, policies and programs within academic units. Specifically, this has been explored in relation to a number of Areas for Action that had been previously identified as a part of the SFU’s broader Healthy Campus Community initiative, including: Learning Environments; Policies and Processes; Personal Growth and Development; Physical Spaces; Social Connection and Community Engagement; and Services and Supports
Primary Investigators: SFU Health Promotion Team: firstname.lastname@example.org