Butler University’s Institute for Well-being (IWB), a pioneering center dedicated to enhancing holistic support for student, faculty, and staff well-being, proudly announces the winners of its inaugural well-being awards. These awards recognize outstanding achievements in well-being initiatives across higher education institutions.

Excellence in Faculty/Staff Well-being: The University of Virginia’s Kultivate Konnection program, created by Pamela Meredith Hamilton, CEAP, and Arminda Perch, LCSW, provides a safe space that facilitates racial healing for persons of color through connection and shared experiences. This initiative fosters authenticity and kinship, uplifting participants in a welcoming and soulful environment.

Excellence in Student Well-being: Quinnipiac University is recognized for its comprehensive approach to student well-being, highlighted by its new Recreation and Wellness Center, which integrates fitness, health, and counseling services. The university also emphasizes weekly wellness programming, partnerships like the JED university program, and mindfulness activities, all designed to support the holistic health of its student body.

Faculty/Staff Well-being Program of the Year: North Carolina State University’s Wellness Champion Network, spearheaded by Wellness and Recreation and University Human Resources, engages employees across the state in well-being initiatives tailored to their needs. This program celebrates and supports the diverse work environments of its staff, fostering a supportive and inclusive campus culture.

Student Well-being Program of the Year: University of Massachusetts Lowell’s College-based Well-being Leaders Program addresses student needs through peer-based support focused on the eight dimensions of wellness. This innovative program empowers students within their academic communities, enhancing campus well-being through personalized support and engagement.

Institute for Well-being Campus of the Year: University of West Georgia, under the leadership of Chief Wellness Officer Bridgette Stewart, has implemented a comprehensive wellness program that integrates well-being into the university’s strategic planning. This program’s broad initiatives, including mental health support, food insecurity programs, and a mobile wellness unit, underscore UWG’s commitment to fostering a holistic, healthy community.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the significant contributions these institutions have made to the well-being of their communities,” said Dr. Bridget Yuhas, Executive Director of the Institute for Well-being. “These awards not only recognize innovative approaches to promoting health and well-being but also highlight the crucial role that educational environments play in shaping a supportive atmosphere where everyone can thrive. Each of our awardees has set a benchmark for excellence that inspires us all.”