College success is about more than academics and can be influenced by a variety of life challenges, from relationship difficulties to challenges with mental health conditions. To proactively help its students navigate those situations, Chapman University has launched the Chapman Health & Wellness website.
The website advances Chapman’s commitment to guiding students into productive lives physically, mentally and spiritually, says Jerry Price, Ph.D., dean of students and vice president for Student Affairs.
‘Safe and Effective Help’
“Helping our students develop their health and well-being has always been one of our main priorities at Chapman. We know that when students thrive in every facet of their lives, they are successful in class and better able to find their paths in life,” Price says. “This new website extends and supports that effort by providing a hub where students can find a variety of resources, engaging programs and, when they need it, safe and effective help.”
The site offers a comprehensive guide to existing resources Chapman offers to support students, as well as links to new programs developed by Fitness & Recreation, Student Psychological Counseling Services, Fish Interfaith Center, Student Union and other campus units.
The expanded effort and the creation of the wellness site and forthcoming app underscores the values represented by Chapman’s Four Pillars: the intellectual, physical, social and spiritual dimensions of life, says Jay Kumar, Ph.D., director of Contemplative Practices and Wellbeing at Fish Interfaith Center, and an instructor of contemplative studies at Wilkinson College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
“At Chapman, we recognize that health is more than the absence of illness or limited to just the body,” Kumar says. “For students to thrive at school and adapt to a future of change and uncertainty, we need to advance a novel multidimensional perspective of wellness.”
A Full Program of Wellness Activities and Tools
Among the provided resources are:
- Event listings for Zoom yoga, informal conversation gatherings and more
- Quick directions for anyone needing immediate help or who is urgently concerned about a student
- Resources for a variety of support services, from financial assistance to The Wellness Project operated by Student Affairs
- Links to the ongoing updates on the campus response to COVID-19
In addition, a Chapman Health & Wellness smart phone app with the same resource lists will soon be available.