Student Wellness
Student Wellness

How Student Wellness Supports ISU Strategic Plan

Student Wellness collaborates with the entire Student Health and Wellness unit and other partners across the university to enhance the health, wellbeing, and safety of the Iowa State community. Below is a snapshot of some of strategies Student Wellness coordinates that connects to this Iowa State University strategic plan (subgoal 4.2).

How Student Wellness achieves our mission and supports Iowa State University’s Strategic Plan

  • Student Wellness uses a settings-based, public health approach to:
    1. Reorient the campus community to prioritize and promote wellbeing in all systems, practices, services, and policies that enhance student success and holistic development
    2. Mobilize campus and community members to strengthen community action for health
    3. Create a supportive campus environment towards health, inclusion, and belonging
    4. Develop and enhance personal skills that support health and reduce harm

Key Mission Actions and Examples of How Student Wellness Achieves our Mission and Supports Iowa State University’s Strategic Plan

  1. Reorient the campus community to prioritize and promote wellbeing in all systems, practices, services, and policies that enhance student success and holistic development.
    • Help offices implement screening and brief intervention strategies with students to help identify health and wellness issues that are impacting their student success and to help facilitate connecting those students to support resources
    • Embed health education and skills training into curriculum, meetings, and programs.
    • Advocate for health in all policies such as becoming a tobacco-free campus.
    • Consult with offices to implement evidence based sanctioning practices for substance use
  2. Mobilize campus members to strengthen community action for health
    • Co-coordinate mental health task force to mobilize campus and community members around university wide strategy and support for mental health promotion and suicide prevention
    • Coordinate Vice President for Student Affairs – Staff Development and Wellbeing committee to mobilize Division of Student Affairs staff around strengthening and sustaining a culture of wellbeing across the division
    • Mobilize campus faculty and staff to help with various skill-based trainings that help students enhance skills around bystander intervention, supporting peers in distress, and other trainings focused on preventing key wellness issues that impact student success.
    • Co-chair University Wellness Leadership Alliance (UWLA) that mobilizes university leadership and administration around key health and wellness issues
    • Lead campus food security committee focused on decreasing food insecurity on campus through data collection, strategy implementation, and fundraising to support efforts. 
  3. Create a supportive campus environment towards health, inclusion, and belonging
    • Develop peer to peer programs, like International Student Circle, focused on increasing sense of belonging and wellbeing for marginalized student populations
    • Educate and train campus community on health equity and disparities in health
    • Collect data to review disparities in health among campus population
    • Serve on campus and community committees focused on social justice and health
  4. Develop and enhance personal skills that support health and reduce harm
    • Plan, implement and evaluation peer based wellness programs focused on harm reduction and enhancing overall wellbeing. 
    • Implement evidence based online trainings, such as AlcoholEdu for College and Kognito to increase student, faculty, and staff skills
    • Implement evidence based in person trainings, such as Green Dot Facilitator trainings, Campus Connect Suicide Prevention training, and more to increase skills of campus community.