November signifies the warmth of hearth and home—or so the stereotype has it. Especially this year, musing about home can generate more questions than answers. When the world seems adrift, to what extent is home safe from the storm? Thanksgiving marks the end of in-person teaching this semester, and November is also a collision point of a bitterly contested election, rapidly rising COVID-19 cases, economic uncertainty, declining mental health and social strife. In such a time and place, it’s as important as ever to infuse old traditions with a new focus on—and commitment to—wellness.
Our image of home can range from our larger home in the Milky Way, to a physical home in a city, or a figurative home with a group of people. What is your vision of home?
Finding and preserving home
- Join a student organization or club
- Make a difference with CU Student Government or Graduate and Professional Student Government
- Get involved with the Cultural Events Board
- Be part of the team through intramural or club sports
- Explore opportunities within fraternity and sorority life
- Volunteer, intern or work on campus
The new Archiving Your Story guide from the University Libraries’ Collections of Distinction team features tips on how to care for both print and digital archives, including photographs, papers, books, media, objects, oral histories and more. It also offers tips on how to protect your digital files and how to digitize physical items like home movies.
Plan out the trip home and set ground rules for safe socializing. And remember that they’ve had a tough year, too, so give them the space to talk about it.
For college students, this has been a semester like no other. The majority attended classes online and, because of coronavirus surges on campus, they have had to endure a host of restrictions — from rules against socializing to fewer dining options to limited or no access to libraries and gyms.
Health officials and college administrators are worried about Thanksgiving. We have tips to students and families prepare for an uncertain holiday.
We’ve decide to talk about Thanksgiving now, just over two weeks before the actual holiday, to give you a framework to plan with your family. We also wanted to give you a sense of what other students are feeling.
“Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.”
— John Howard Payne, Home Sweet Home
“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”
― Maya Angelou, All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes
"Be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides."
― Carl Sagan
We hope you will join us for CU Boulder’s 4th annual Health & Wellness Summit! The summit is open to CU faculty, staff and students interested in learning more about our holistic approach to health and wellness and about the programs and services available.
The college’s primary embedded therapist liaisons from Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) are Rachel LaHoda and Jazmyne Peters. They will serve as the college’s key CAPS collaborators regarding building relationships with the college or leadership and assessing mental health needs, as well as providing direct counseling services to A&S students. Peters also has special interest and experience in working with BIPOC students, specifically around race-based stress and trauma. The college’s third embedded therapist is Colleen Ehrnstrom, who will also be dedicated to providing direct care and support to students. All A&S students can also see all CAPS counselors including Karen Hamilton-Stokes, therapist Focused on Black or Black-Identified and marginalized students, and Ben Ototivo and Beth Parsons, multicultural specialist positions.
How to connect with an embedded therapist:
The Contemplative Resource Center (CRC) seeks to integrate secular contemplative practices into how we at the University of Colorado work, teach, learn and live.
Students can also join Health Promotion for free Mindful Mondays to engage in mindfulness exercises and learn about resources on campus.
Since 2002, the CAIRR Neuroscience Laboratory in the Psychology and Neuroscience Department has conducted clinical research studies about the efficacy of acupressure for stress, cardiovascular function in stroke survivors, and mild traumatic brain injury in both civilian and veteran populations. From these, an evidence base has emerged, providing the foundation for the ITEA Plus webpage platform.
Acupuncture can also help relieve symptoms related to stress, fatigue, back and neck pain, anxiety and other conditions. Students, staff and faculty can access acupuncture services through Physical Therapy and Integrative Care at Wardenburg Health Center.
Looking for more resources from the College of Arts and Sciences on health and wellness?
Promoting healthy lifestyles is a key value of our college. We support and share opportunities for our students and employees to understand and implement ways to increase personal wellness in their lives.