Carnegie Mellon University

Well-Being Programs & Speakers

Each year, Wellness Initiatives partners with students, faculty and staff to host wellness workshops, programs, and speakers. Life Labs, listed below, showcase a range of wellbeing topics offered and can be personalized to specific groups, and are applicable to undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff. We ask that any request for a Life Lab is placed one month in advance to Angie Lusk.

 A Honest Conversation about Failure

An Introduction to Mindfulness and Meditation 

Burnout:  How to Manage Stress 

Championing Wellness in your Organization/Department

Infuse the Good:  Cultivating a Graditude Practice

Inspiring Wellness through a Non-American Lens:  Hygge, Lagom, and Wabi-Sabi

Managing Your Energy

Present Over Perfect:  How to Cultivate Mindfulness in Your Life and Work

Resilience:  Moving from a Space of Challenge to One of Commitment

Self-Compassion and our Inner Coach

Sustaining Healthy Habits in a Busy World

We invite at least one national speaker or program to CMU each year through Wellness Initiatives. Last spring, a collaboration between Student Affairs Wellness Initiatives, Counseling and Psychological Services, Fresh Check student organization, Health Promotion, Here for You student mental health organization, Peer Health Advocates, and the Mindfulness Room brought Movies for Mental Health to campus. Check back soon regarding this year's wellness program highlight. 

The following are previous speakers:

Dennis Gillan

In this Spring of 2019 talk, Dennis takes us on a very personal rollercoaster ride of emotions as he explains how he recovered from the suicide deaths of both of his brothers. Dennis will discuss the warning signs of mental distress, the benefits of therapy, and how he found peace in sobriety. Using humor and personal story, Dennis has a message that is both real and relatable. This event is free and open to the CMU community. 

Jeremy Hunter

*this event has passed but the video link is below

How do you bring greater calm and clarity to solve challenging problems? How do you stay on target and find the energy to keep moving ahead? How do you create positive options where none seem present? Join us for a conversation with Jeremy Hunter, Ph.D., who serves as the Associate Professor of Practice and the Founding Director of the Executive Mind Leadership Institute at the Peter F. Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. His work redefines and enhances productivity by cultivating at quality of mind. He will define what is mindfulness and how we can utilize the practice in life and in our work. He has lived over 17 years with a potentially terminal illness, all while helping leaders relentlessly develop themselves while retaining their humanity in the face of monumental change and challenge. 

Click here to watch the video recording of this lecture. Enjoy!

Sponsored by Student Affairs Wellness Initiatives, in partnership with the University Lecture Series