Published: Oct. 2, 2020

“Endurance in the Face of Uncertainty” is the theme of this year’s Health and Wellness Summit at the University of Colorado Boulder. Given that it is 2020, the focus could hardly be timelier.

The third annual wellness summit will happen Oct. 6, 7 and 8 (Tuesday through Thursday) and is a virtual event. Online registration is required. The event is organized and sponsored by CU Boulder’s Health and Wellness Services.

The summit has three objectives:

  • To offer the opportunity to learn about support and health and wellness resources available to CU Boulder students, faculty and staff.
  • To ensure that attendees leave each session with skills they have learned and tips that they can apply.
  • To share information about available services, holistic approaches to health and research put into practice.

On each of the three days, expert presentations, many of them from the College of Arts and Sciences, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a virtual expo will be held each day from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The full schedule can be found on the Summit’s website, but presentations include the following:

  • The Science of Happiness and Student Well-Being During the Coronavirus-19 Pandemic, June Gruber of psychology and neuroscience
  • Impact of COVID on Student Mental Health: What We Know and How We Can Help, Tina Pittman Wagers of psychology and neuroscience
  • Following the Science of Your Heart, Theresa D. Hernandez, associate dean for research and professor of psychology and neuroscience
  • Rethinking Resilience for People of Color: The Strength of Survival, Ben Ototivo of Counseling and Psychiatric Services
  • I've Got Friends in Role Places: Community Building Through Storytelling and Math, Liz Neuhauser of theater and dance
  • Cultivating Compassion and Connection, Holly Gayley of religious studies
  • Vocal Empowerment for Wellness, Beth Osnes of theater and dance
  • Tools for Resiliency and De-stressing in the Moment with HeartMath, Erin Cunningham Ritter of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Dean's Office
  • The Science of Wellness and Stress Resiliency, Monika Fleshner of Integrative Physiology 

For more information and to register, see the summit’s website.