Promoting Wellness in the College Community
The College's Wellness Council is a campus-wide group of faculty, staff, adjuncts, and students that develops and implements innovative and evidence-based strategies to support wellness within our community.
Exciting new initiatives led by the Council include the recent opening of the Food Pantry in the Main Building – an “everyday” effort to reduce food insecurity – and the development of the Courtyard Gardens to build our sense of community in promoting sustainable gardening practices and nutrition education.
Additional and ongoing Wellness Council programs include awareness raising programs to address relationship and sexual violence and substance abuse and impaired driving.
The main work of the Council is conducted by five sub-groups that offer students, staff, and faculty to lead new initiatives or join existing ones.
The groups are:
Alcohol and Other Drugs
Dedicated to reducing alcohol and drug abuse-related consequences, this group works to educate students on high-risk use, promote responsible behavior, and increase campus support for students in recovery through a series of initiatives and programs, including:
- #thinkagainTompkinsCortland social norming campaign
- Narcan (opiate overdose prevention) trainings
- April Alcohol Awareness Month including the White Handkerchief Campaign
- Red Watch Band alcohol poisoning prevention
- Support of the College Good Samaritan Policy
- The Options Program 1:1 and small group substance abuse prevention education
Nutrition and Fitness
The Nutrition and Fitness sub-group conducts and supports the following:
- The Food Pantry, providing food for students daily in the Main Building
- Courtyard Gardens
- Support for the development of the Student Garden Club
- The Panther Fitness Challenge
This group encourages healthy tobacco-related decisions in the community through the creation/expansion of smoke-free spaces on campus, the development and support of cessation programs, and review and research of the College's tobacco policy.
The group works to increase awareness of violence-related issues and works to create an environment free of violence, as well as to support individuals affected by violence. Initiatives include:
- The Clothesline Project
- Empowered Bystander Trainings
- Take Back the Night
- Go Teal
- It's On Us campaign
- We Care Campaign
The Mental Health sub-group increases awareness of mental health issues and resources on campus, as well as providing support for students with eating disorders and other mental-health related concerns. Initiatives include:
- EAP programs
- Random Acts of Kindness
- Stress Free Zones
- Depression Screening Events