Holistic Health & Wellness

Strategic Recommendation

Focus on holistic health and wellness for students, faculty, and staff.

  • Reinforce an environment that prioritizes physical health, mental health, and overall wellness as a foundation for lifelong success and happiness.
  • Continue to develop physical spaces for mindfulness, spirituality, reflective practices, and meaningful social engagement, as well as fitness, recreation, and athletics.
  • Develop a destination space for students where wellness is promoted through expert delivery of services, including health services, counseling and psychological services, and other university programs committed to holistic well-being. Continue to develop healthier dining options, while further developing traditional dining areas as social and interactive venues.
  • Systematically explore ways to reduce unnecessary stress in the academic environment, and to promote an appropriate work-life balance.


Recent Accomplishments

  • In April 2016, CMU announced the creation of the President’s Advisory Board for the CMU Experience, a group of national experts charged with providing insights and expertise to the president to help enrich the CMU Experience.
  • Also in April 2016, now interim President, Farnam Jahanian was charged with convening an internal, campus-wide task force to closely examine the Carnegie Mellon experience and develop and implement recommendations to enhance this community for students, faculty, staff and alumni.
  • Key Task Force Accomplishments Include:
    • CMU’s Counseling and Psychological Services has hired six additional staff members and added an additional counseling location, allowing for an expansion of evening and Saturday hours;
    • To promote a sustainable and healthy work-life balance for students, faculty, and staff, all Group X-ercise fitness classes offered by Athletics are now free to all undergraduate and graduate students;
    • Faculty and graduate student instructors were encouraged to include the Task Force crafted Wellness Language in their syllabi; and
    • The Task Force distributed the CMU Cares Resource Folder to provide vital guidance and resources for faculty and staff when they want to help a student access further support.
  • CMU has plans to create the Health and Wellness Center of the future, details of which will be announced shortly.