Tina Pittman Wagers | MSW, PsyD | Emerita Teaching Professor of Distinction for Psychology and Neuroscience CU Boulder
In August, CU Boulder signed and adopted the Okanagan Charter to elevate its commitment to health and wellness. The Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges is an aspirational document that serves as a guide to colleges and universities, using their unique positions and roles in research, teaching and service to their communities, to be leaders for the world in developing and modeling health-promoting strategies in their campus settings. This session will discuss what it means to be a health promoting university and why the Okanagan Charter matters.
Melissa Cole | PsyD Assistant Director of Clinical Training | UCCS
This session will focus on the integrated care model UCCS has launched in 2015 on our campus. The model we use has health, mental health, wellness promotion, recreation and other wellness related services through the contracted providers. After a brief introduction of these services, we will discuss the multiple entry points into the system, our priority and care to ensure equal and equitable access, and the various services our students take advantage of in our efforts to address the needs of the whole person. We see our model as operating on a circular continuum; from prevention and education, through treatment, which again starts the prevention and education. Through our various clinical training programs, we are also teaching and preparing future colleagues to be prepared to carry out holistic integrative care practices in their careers, functioning in multidisciplinary treatment teams. During our discussion, we will present actual cases where students were referred to different services, creating multiple entry points, and each of these different services in turn became active participants in reaching our common goal of enhancing the health and wellbeing of the student. In addition to service planning and delivery, we will also discuss the financial, staffing, and the interdependent relationship aspects of the model’s structure. At the end of the presentation, the audience will be able to describe various possible interdisciplinary collaboration strategies to address the needs of students.
U.S. economic growth has been slowing for decades. Some argue that slowing growth is structurally inevitable or environmentally necessary. This session will explore how societies might decouple well-being from economic growth and why this might be more challenging than it appears.
A Storytelling Workshop to Build Personal Skills and Professional Success
CT Lin, MD | Chief Medical Information Officer | Anschutz
Are you frustrated with your projects not getting funded or your point of view not changing minds? Do you have data on your side, but still, no one listens? Buﬃng your story skills might help. Learn how to build the bones of a good story and re-cast your narrative.
Participants will learn how repeated discriminatory experiences and oppression can impact stress responses. We’ll also discuss the importance of addressing the impacts of working within social justice and how to care for oneself and one’s community
As Audre Lorde wrote in her 1988 essay collection “A Burst of Light,” “Caring for my self is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Self-care is a way to assert that you matter within an oppressive culture
This session is geared towards helpers (therapists, medical providers, ﬁrst responders, student-facing supportive roles) but can beneﬁt anyone and everyone.
June Gruber, PhD | Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience | CU Boulder
Can the science of happiness help combat the growing mental health crisis? Learn about recent scientific discoveries underlying our understanding of happiness and evidence-based antidotes to common happiness myths. We’ll conclude with a path forward to promote enduring and balanced emotional health.
Jeannine Foster, MEd, MA | Professor | Tarrant County, Collin College, and Weatherford Colleges
Heather Smith, PhDc | Researcher | George Mason University
This presentation tackles how we embrace death in research, education and media. We will provide support resources for people who encounter issues pertaining to end-of-life, death, bereavement and grief topics in their work.
Nursing the Spirit: Care, Public Life and the Dignity of Vulnerable Strangers
Don Grant | Professor of Sociology; Director of Social Innovation Program for Arts & Sciences; and Director of Care, Health, and Resilience Program for Arts & Sciences | CU Boulder
Human anguish stirs up feelings of insecurity, exposes life’s unfairness and raises troubling questions about the ultimate worth of human lives. Yet the problem of suffering is typically treated by highly bureaucratic and technical systems that can trivialize such spiritual concerns, making them seem quaint, awkward and retrograde. This session explores how, if at all, frontline care professionals integrate spirituality into their science-based work with patients.
One in two adults in the United States is single. One in two singles is uninterested in dating. And one in four millennials will never marry. Whether celebrated or lamented, a global rise of single living is impossible to ignore. Join Peter McGraw as he busts myths of single living, such as singles being selfish, broken or desperate to settle down, and challenges the notion that the rise of singlehood signals society’s decline.
Tessa Mendoza | Assistant Director of Athletics for Data Analytics | CU Boulder
A successful model of health and wellness requires not only inclusivity and accessibility of services but also eﬀective, ongoing utilization of care.
Intercollegiate Athletics at CU Boulder uses a WHOLE-istic approach to health and wellness by leveraging comprehensive and developmental science-based practices to provide unparalleled, integrated care and services centered around the student-athlete and their successful life-course trajectory. A health care advocacy program is in development to bridge the gap between accessibility and eﬀective utilization, thereby promoting education and skill development that extends beyond a student's time on campus.
Patrick O’Rourke | Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer | CU Boulder
The University of Colorado Boulder’s strategic imperatives are to "Shape Tomorrow’s Leaders", "Be the Top University for Innovation", and to "Positively Impact Humanity". CU Boulder can meet those imperatives only if its students, faculty, and staff achieve wellness. Our mission, therefore, depends upon CU Boulder embedding wellness in its culture and its practices. This conversation will discuss the interrelatedness of CU Boulder’s mission, wellness, and how we support each other.
Fitness Buddies: Supporting Enjoyment and Flourishing in Peer-led Physical Activity
Jess Kirby | Health Promotion Graduate Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor | UCCS
Lindsey Visscher | Research Assistant | UCCS
Fitness Buddies is a peer-led physical activity program that was created by an interdisciplinary team at UCCS to get our students moving. The program aims to improve participants' physical competence, enjoyment in physical activity and sense of belonging on campus. This session will dive deeper into the Fitness Buddies model and share ﬁndings from two studies on the program.
Gambling is growing across the state of Colorado, with over 58% of college students aged 18-22 reporting placing at least one wager in the past 12 months (NCAA April 2023). The Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado has taken the lead in providing education and awareness to college-aged students through the use of EPIC Risk Management's expertise and experience. The session will discuss gambling as an addiction and its connection with mental health. This will be accomplished by highlighting the speciﬁc vulnerabilities of college-aged individuals, the potential for harm among students and staﬀ, how to keep a healthy relationship with gambling and available resources for help and support.
In this one-hour panel discussion, we will delve into the profound topic of healing intergenerational trauma, exploring the ways in which the past impacts the present and the transformative power of healing for individuals, families, and communities. Our distinguished panelists will bring their expertise and personal experiences to shed light on this complex issue and offer insights into effective strategies and resources for healing and breaking the cycle of intergenerational trauma. This session is presented as a partnership among the College of Arts and Sciences JEDI and Be Well programs as well as campus Health & Wellness Services.
Nicole Weis, MA, LPC, LAC | Director of Community Training and Empowerment at the Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience | UCCS
Social support is one of the most powerful resilience factors in times of stress and tragedy. It enables communities to come together, provide resources and increase self-eﬃcacy. Harnessing the power of peers and meaningful connections increases community-wide resilience, reduces stigma and increases access to helping resources. As community-level stress grows, learning how to reach out to make meaningful connections is essential.
Stanley Ly | MA, LPC, ACS Director of the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program | CU Boulder
This session will review the research literature on the beneﬁts of disabled people belonging to an identity and relating to other disabled people. We will then discuss opportunities to connect with other students, staﬀ and faculty with disabilities on campus and valuable resources.
Kalpana Gupta | Professional Development Lead at the Center for Teaching and Learning | CU Boulder
Dialogues are a fundamental part of how we relate to others. Often, conversations can seem overwhelming when discussing diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice topics. By introducing mindfulness into our interactions, we can sit through discomfort and unfamiliarity to reconsider what it means to have authentic dialogues. Mindfulness can help focus our conversation to facilitate engagement and understanding of perspectives that might be diﬀerent from our own. In this interactive session, participants will practice directing attention to the present moment for a deeper connection with others and within themselves.
Barry Sparks | Facilities Management Outreach Program Manager | CU Boulder
The session will address how individuals can act in ways that beneﬁt the planet and how those beneﬁts transfer to individuals and communities. We will discuss strategies to become Zero Waste, what the campus goal of Zero Waste means and how the two intersect.
2 - 2:50 p.m.
UMC - Conference Room 245 | Hybrid
The Beneﬁts and Practical Application of Heart-Focused Breathing
Heart-focused breathing is a technique that can help to empower emotional self-regulation and increase resilience in our fast-paced, often stressful and energy-depleting world of work and school. Participants can learn and practice heart-focused breathing techniques and applications during this session.
Suicide Prevention Training for Student Populations
Matt Mishkind, PhD | Deputy Director, Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center | Department of Psychiatry | Anschutz
This presentation will provide an overview of our work developing suicide prevention for student-athletes and the general student population. We will discuss the development process, current data and implementation best practices of pilot programs, including the two-hour VitalCog: Suicide Prevention for Athletic Staff, Athletes and Students.
“Gatekeepers” are individuals who serve as suicide protective factors by connecting with individuals at risk for and displaying suicide warning signs.
Explore the perceived health of university employees. The presentation will provide an overview of the literature, highlight ﬁndings of recent UCCS employee wellness research projects and discuss strategies to promote and sustain employee wellness in a changing higher education landscape.
How to Stop Harm Before it Happens: The Power of Early Intervention
Chris Lord | Associate Director of AOD Programs and Collegiate Recovery | CU Boulder
Alyssa Wright | Early Intervention Program Manager | CU Boulder
This presentation will give an overview of early intervention for alcohol and other drugs at CU Boulder and share evaluation data and innovative approaches to early intervention currently in practice, including Buﬀs Discuss Substance Use. Learn how early intervention is part of a larger continuum of Prevention, Treatment and Recovery and explore future possible uses for early intervention.
During this session, we will explore how we all have the potential to build a culture of consent on campus and work against rape culture. We will explore this through the lens of how to discuss these topics in the classroom, our contributions to rape culture and how to shift language and action to support the health and safety of all students.
Increased stress and demand have resulted in cognitive overload for healthcare professionals. Physicians need practical strategies to manage their mental load to help enhance patient safety. Join Dr. Elizabeth Harry as she explores factors contributing to cognitive load and its impact on errors. Attendees will learn actionable techniques to reduce mental burden, including eﬀective information management, cognitive aids and minimizing distractions. In addition, Dr. Harry will provide learners with strategies for developing an implementation-heavy plan to create a culture of reduced cognitive load and improved patient safety to help transform their practice and improve outcomes.
CU’s Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV) will present an educational and interactive program on keeping CU safe. Dr. Sarah Goodrum, a Research Professor within CSPV, will share information on the most common warning signs and concerning communications among perpetrators of mass violence and discuss recommendations for when and how to relay those warning signs to people who can help. Dr. Amanda Giguere, Director of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, will help us navigate these diﬃcult situations by using theater to practice our responses to people and situations that raise safety-related concerns for the self, others and our community.
Geoffrey Cohen, PhD| Professor of Psychology; James G. March Professor of Organizational Studies in Education and Business | Stanford University
Tiffany Ito, PhD| Professor of Social Psychology and Neuroscience | CU Boulder (facilitator)
Dr. Geoffrey Cohen, Professor of Psychology and the James G. March Professor of Organizational Studies in Education and Business at Stanford University, an expert on the sense of belonging in society and author of Belonging: The Science of Creating Connection and Bridging Divides, will deliver a keynote session. Dr. Cohen's talk will discuss the processes that shape people's sense of belonging and self-concept and the implications these processes have for social problems. Dr. Cohen will focus on the big and small threats to belonging and the strategies that people and organizations can use to create more inclusive spaces to support community safety and individual well-being (e.g., health, success).
Dr. Tiffany Ito, Professor of Social Psychology and Neuroscience at CU Boulder will moderate a discussion and questions from the audience. Dr. Cohen was an Associate Professor of Psychology at CU Boulder from 2006-2009. A Colorado Department of Public Safety grant on identity-based violence prevention, awarded to CU's Police Department, Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance, supports the session.