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. The board met for the first time in November 2016, and made a number of insightful recommendations.
  • Also in April 2016, then-Provost Farnam Jahanian convened 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. The Task Force has continued its work through 2017 under the leadership of Interim Provost Laurie Weingart.
  •  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.