Well-Being Street Team Meeting

Students, join the Well-Being Street Team to grow the well-being culture at Mason!

Becoming a team member will give you the opportunity to learn more about well-being and mindfulness practices, make new friends, and pursue personal growth. Join a committee to help with event planning, marketing, workshop facilitation, and strengths training.

Meetings happen from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. every other Thursday: February 15, March 1, March 22, April 5, April 19, and May 3.

Contact Jena at jchalme2@gmu.edu with questions.

Strengths at Mason Day

Learn more about your personal strengths and how to use them well at Mason Day 2018! Come over to the Strengths at Mason table anytime from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. for some great conversations with your fellow Mason students.

Well-Being Day

by Whitney Hopler, Communications Director

Well-Being Day – Wednesday, April 25 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. in the Hub on the main floor – will feature a diverse variety of well-being practices for the Mason community to try. Well-Being Team and Strengths at Mason Team students have worked together to plan this Spring into Well-Being event.

“Well-Being Day will be set up in a carnival-like way with tables and activities all over,” said Aya Abdel-Kader, Education Vice Chair for the Well-Being Team, who is majoring in Community Health and minoring in Health Communication.  She added that the day’s activities are designed to cover all the different domains of well-being.

The day’s diverse activities will include music, food, yoga, Strengths learning, mural painting, massage chairs, and intention setting. “We will have a Passport to Well-Being, and when you fill it with five stamps, you can exchange it for a Well-Being Day t-shirt,” said Jena Chalmers, Well-Being Team Chair, who is majoring in Biology.

A variety of campus organizations (such as our center, University Life, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Student Support and Advocacy Center, and Agora) will share well-being resources on the day, as well.

“My favorite activity that we are offering this year is a chance to set an intention at the end of your experience at Well-Being Day,” Chalmers said. “The whole purpose of this day is to get students thinking about well-being and how they can incorporate well-being practices into their daily lives. After having fun, relaxing, and learning about their resources, they will be able to write down a commitment they want to make to themselves moving forward. They can even ‘set it in stone’ by painting an intention rock with a word that reminds them of their commitment. This experience is really cool because it will give everyone a chance to take something really meaningful from the event.”

People who participate in Well-Being Day can learn how easy it can be to incorporate well-being practices into their lives once they discover what works best for them. “The goal of this year’s Well-Being Day is to introduce to students the idea that to practice well-being does not necessarily mean that they have to do elaborate, lengthy practices every day,” Abdel-Kader said. “They could be doing well-being practices all the time but just don’t know it. An example is hanging out with friends and having somewhat deep and meaningful conversations from time to time that actually increase their social well-being. Or taking a few minutes out of the day to draw or color is yet another way they are increasing their well-being (psychologically). Managing their finances by saving or setting a budget is also a means of increasing well-being (financially) because people cannot be well when they know they don’t have enough money or are in debt.”

Well-Being Day will be held at an especially busy time of year at Mason, when the spring semester is in full swing. So the break it offers is especially vital for people studying and working at Mason. “This is a busy time of year,” Chalmers said, “which means now more than ever, we need to remember how important it is to take care of our minds and bodies. Come take a break from your studies and enjoy!”

Well-Being Street Team Meeting

Students, join the Well-Being Street Team to grow the well-being culture at Mason!

Becoming a team member will give you the opportunity to learn more about well-being and mindfulness practices, make new friends, and pursue personal growth. Join a committee to help with event planning, marketing, workshop facilitation, and strengths training.

Meetings happen from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. every other Thursday: February 15, March 1, March 22, April 5, April 19, and May 3.

Contact Jena at jchalme2@gmu.edu with questions.

Strengths-A-Thon

Join Strengths at Mason Team and Well-Being Team students to learn more about your strengths, and celebrate the diversity of strengths among Mason students. Everyone is welcome, whether you’ve taken the Strengths assessment yet or not.

Enjoy free food, prizes, and t-shirts at this event. If your organization would like to enter the contest portion of this event, e-mail twashi11@gmu.edu for more information.

 

Diversity, Inclusion, and Well-Being Summit

by Whitney Hopler, Communications Director

Imagine a community at Mason where we all feel valued and can thrive together. How can we build that kind of university? The Summit on Diversity, Inclusion, and Well-Being – happening Friday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Dewberry Hall on the Fairfax campus – is a powerful opportunity to be a part of envisioning that future and making it happen. Registration is full but there’s a waiting list, and if you can’t attend you can still let us know how you would like to see Mason grow in these vital areas. Learn more here.

“Our spirit and our values as an institution give us a strong foundation to build on for creating more diversity, inclusion, and well-being at Mason,” said Dr. Julian Williams, vice president of compliance, diversity and ethics. “People in our community care about that, and we want to have a conversation about how to create an environment that reflects those values more – a place where everyone knows that they matter and where everyone can thrive.”

Mason’s strategic plan mentions that diversity, inclusion, and well-being are important values for our community. The summit will empower us to make progress on how we incorporate those values fully into our university’s future. “This is a unique and terrific opportunity to be part of moving the trajectory forward of more cohesively aligning goals #7 (Well-Being) and #8 (Diversity & Inclusion),” said Dr. Pam Patterson, associate vice president, University Life. “This powerful approach builds on the strengths of the university’s strategic plan. Our goal is to have representation from as many different stakeholders as possible – to truly bring the whole system into the room to imagine what is possible and design the future.”

No matter how we each are connected to Mason, our voices and ideas are equally valuable in this university-wide conversation. “Our summit is designed to put the whole Mason system in the room – students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, donors, higher education associations, and employers of our graduates – as examples to dream together about what Mason could become when it embodies and successfully integrates inclusion, diversity, and well-being for our community and the world,” said Dr. Nance Lucas, executive director, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. “Our goal is to build on Mason’s strengths around diversity, inclusion, and well-being and amplify those with key strategic priorities that were shaped by the summit participants.”

The summit will approach the conversation using an appreciative inquiry process, which focuses on what’s working well and how to build on that. “The appreciative inquiry approach, used around the globe to develop solutions and build forward movement in response to pressing issues, will be applied to develop a vision for our campus, a vision focused on equity and well-being for all. This is not a typical approach and I am excited at what we might produce as a community,” said Rose Pascarell, vice president for University Life. Participants can ask questions, share their current experiences and hopes for the future, and collaborate to imagine future priorities that further embed diversity, inclusion, and well-being into Mason’s culture. Lunch will be provided. By the end the day, we will propose a set of recommendations that will be shared with Mason’s senior leaders.

“There is no predetermined outcome for this summit. It’s a day that can go in a ton of different directions, according to how our conversations go,” Williams said. “The really interesting and great part of the appreciative inquiry process is that it’s open and empowers people to discuss what’s important to them. We want everyone in the Mason community who participates to feel like they have a voice in this conversation, regardless of their role at Mason.”

A summit like this “is a powerful approach to uncovering the positive life-giving forces of an organization or system” Lucas said. As people listen to each other’s perspectives, the potential exists for all sorts of positive outcomes to emerge. Lucas added, “This is an opportunity to dream together, engage with a diverse range of people from our community and Mason’s external stakeholders, and provide your ideas on building an inclusive university for the world where you matter and thrive.”

Making time to participate in the summit is worthwhile because it’s a powerful opportunity to help shape Mason’s future, Williams said. “It’s worth the time to participate because we all spend a significant amount of our time at Mason and we can really make a positive impact on our community through this summit. This is a substantial opportunity to make a positive difference at Mason – to help create a community where everyone feels like they matter, and where everyone thrives.”

Well-Being Street Team Meeting

Students, join the Well-Being Street Team to grow the well-being culture at Mason!

Becoming a team member will give you the opportunity to learn more about well-being and mindfulness practices, make new friends, and pursue personal growth. Join a committee to help with event planning, marketing, workshop facilitation, and strengths training.

Meetings happen from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. every other Thursday: February 15, March 1, March 22, April 5, April 19, and May 3.

Contact Jena at jchalme2@gmu.edu with questions.

Well-Being Street Team Meeting

Students, join the Well-Being Street Team to grow the well-being culture at Mason!

Becoming a team member will give you the opportunity to learn more about well-being and mindfulness practices, make new friends, and pursue personal growth. Join a committee to help with event planning, marketing, workshop facilitation, and strengths training.

Meetings happen from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. every other Thursday: February 15, March 1, March 22, April 5, April 19, and May 3.

Contact Jena at jchalme2@gmu.edu with questions.

Spring Into Well-Being 2018 Events

George Mason University hosts its annual Spring into Well-Being celebration every year with a wide variety of engagement opportunities and events across campus. Most Spring into Well-Being events are free and open to the public.

This spring – from Wednesday, March 21 to Monday, April 30 – enjoy these diverse events that relate to these different domains of well-being defined by Mason’s Well-Being University initiative, dedicated to ensuring that Mason becomes a model well-being university where all community members are thriving together.

  • Physical well-being
  • Career well-being
  • Purpose well-being
  • Social well-being
  • Community well-being
  • Psychological well-being
  • Financial well-being

Check out the schedule of Spring into Well-Being 2018 events listed by week on the various pages here:

We hope that you will take advantage of some of these wonderful opportunities available to you as part of the Mason community. Four such opportunities that will be highlights of Spring into Well-Being this year are: Well-Being Day, the Health & Fitness Expo, the Victims’ Rights Run & Walk, and the Diversity, Inclusion, and Well-Being Summit.  

Well-Being Day

Well-Being Day, produced by Well-Being Team and Strengths at Mason Team students, presents a diverse variety of well-being practices for the Mason community to try. It will take place on the Fairfax campus, Wednesday, March 21, from 12 noon to 4 p.m., across North Plaza outside the Johnson Center: https://wellbeing.gmu.edu/articles/11640

22nd Annual Health & Fitness Expo

University Life, in partnership with Student Health Services, is sponsoring the 22nd annual Health and Fitness Expo on the Fairfax and Science and Technology campuses. The Health and Fitness Expo features interactive health education activities, health screenings, and fitness instruction and challenges. Health care providers will be offering the following free health screenings: cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, vision, body mass index.

On the Fairfax campus, it  will take place Thursday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dewberry Hall, Johnson Center:
https://recreation.gmu.edu/fitness/hfe2018/

On the Science and Technology campus, it will take place Thursday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center:
https://getconnected.gmu.edu/event/1841579

22nd Annual Victims’ Rights 5K Run & Walk

The VRRW is sponsored by Mason’s Department of Police and Public Safety in partnership with several other Mason departments and in collaboration with the Aimee Willard Endowed Scholarship Fund. The proceeds of this event go to support the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program, which teaches women basic self-defense and the Victims of Violence Fund which is administered by Student Support and Advocacy Center. Your involvement makes it possible for Mason to fund these two important programs, while promoting and defending victims’ rights.

It will take place on the Fairfax campus Thursday, April 12 on the lawn outside Merten Hall. Onsite registration starts at 10:30 a.m. The race starts at 12 noon:
http://vrrw.gmu.edu/

The Diversity, Inclusion, and Well-Being Summit

Let your voice be heard as the Mason community gathers to discuss how to build on our university’s success as a place that values diversity, inclusion, and well-being. Everyone who is a part of the Mason community – students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, donors, local residents, etc. – is encouraged to participate in this summit. Join the conversation on building an inclusive university for the world where you matter and thrive!

It will take place on the Fairfax campus on Friday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Dewberry Hall, Johnson Center.

Information: https://dwsummit.gmu.edu/

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-diversity-inclusion-and-well-being-summit-tickets-43324036359

Well-Being Street Team Meeting

Students, join the Well-Being Street Team to grow the well-being culture at Mason!

Becoming a team member will give you the opportunity to learn more about well-being and mindfulness practices, make new friends, and pursue personal growth. Join a committee to help with event planning, marketing, workshop facilitation, and strengths training.

Meetings happen from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. every other Thursday: February 15, March 1, March 22, April 5, April 19, and May 3.

Contact Jena at jchalme2@gmu.edu with questions.