Creating a culture of wellbeing on campus

Creating a culture of wellbeing on campus

Draft Campus Wellbeing Framework released for community input.

By Communications Staff

February 13, 2020


Photo of Queen's campus in fall.
Over 1,800 members of the Queen's community were consulted when developing the draft Campus Wellbeing Framework.

Students, faculty and staff are being asked to provide feedback on the university’s draft Campus Wellbeing Framework.

Following a six month consultation with more than 1,800 community members, the draft framework was developed under the leadership of the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Wellness and the Campus Wellness Council, comprising students, faculty and staff with diverse experiences, expertise and perspectives related to advancing a health-promoting university community.

Comments on the draft framework can be submitted online until May 1 on the Campus Wellness Project website.

“This draft framework reflects a shared wellbeing vision for the university,” says Tom Harris, Interim Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). “Its guiding principles and areas of focus provide a structure that will support actions across the multiple dimensions of health to promote a culture of care, inclusion and respect. I want to thank all the members of the Queen’s community who have taken the time to share their thoughts and experiences so far.  I would also like to thank members of the Provost’s Advisory Committe on Wellness, and Campus Wellness Council members for their dedication to reviewing and synthesiszing all information collected during the consultation phase.”

The Draft Campus Wellbeing Framework aligns with the Okanagan Charter, which Queen’s adopted in January 2019. The charter calls on post-secondary institutions to embed health and wellbeing in all aspects of campus culture, and to lead human and environmental wellbeing promotion action locally and globally. The Campus Wellbeing Framework is an important step in the university’s work of creating a stronger culture of wellness for all who study, work, and live at Queen’s.

The draft framework provides a conceptual guide to thinking about how wellbeing can be integrated into many aspects of campus life.

“While we believe that we reached a representative sample of the community during consultations, student, staff and faculty input on this draft framework is essential to ensure it reflects our shared values and priorities with respect to creating a culture of wellbeing. I encourage everyone to submit their comments on this draft framework,” says Donna Janiec, Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration) and Co-Chair of the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Wellness.

The Campus Wellness Project, funded by The Rossy Foundation, was launched in 2018 to facilitate campus-wide engagement and conversations to advance a culture of wellbeing at Queen’s.