Yale Well: Mission, Vision & Committee Members

In 2013 and 2014, the Yale College Council, the Graduate and Professional Student Senate and Graduate Student Assembly, and the Yale Law School Mental Health Alliance released reports on mental health at Yale. In these reports, student leaders, on behalf of their constituents, expressed concerns regarding information and access to clinical mental health services on campus. Since the release of these reports, key administrators and staff have addressed and continue to respond to many of these concerns, supported by significant student, faculty, and staff contribution and consultation. 

Students, and the Yale community as a whole, acknowledge that support for mental health services is only one piece of a larger effort to enhance student well-being and to encourage a culture of holistic wellness at Yale. The student reports, along with conversations between students and administrators, have reinforced the importance of fully promoting and supporting wellness—in all its forms—as one of the principal elements of student and scholarly life at Yale. 

In the summer of 2015, Secretary and Vice President for Student Life Kimberly Goff-Crews convened a group of students, faculty, and staff to increase focus and build on existing efforts for student wellness at Yale. As of August 2015, the committee has crafted a mission and vision for an initiative called “The Wellness Project,” now known as Yale Well:

The Wellness Project envisions a Yale community in which all students, as individuals and as members of the university, embrace wellness as a core value and as a continual journey toward emotional, physical, social, intellectual, professional, and spiritual well-being.

To foster an environment that supports and advances students’ well-being, in all its dimensions, through innovative programs, opportunities for self-discovery and growth, and the cultivation of a compassionate campus culture.

Members of The Wellness Project committee will continue to work with students, faculty, and staff to identify and plan programs or services that can be prototyped in academic year 2015-2016. As the Project grows and evolves, please check this site for information and updates on these initiatives.

In the meantime, use the wellness-related information under the How to Yale Well tab of this website to learn more about opportunities to be well and stay well at Yale. Whether you are interested in learning yoga, attending a religious or spiritual service, developing stress-reduction techniques, or participating in a student organization committed to wellness activities, there are many ways to enrich your life and to practice well-being at Yale and in New Haven.

The Wellness Project Committee

Aneesha Ahluwalia
School of Medicine ‘20

Stephen Blum
Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives, AYA

Dr. Marc Brackett*
Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence; Senior Research Scientist in Psychology; Faculty Fellow, Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy

Heather Calabrese
Director of Communications and University Events, Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life

Michael Corl

American Council on Education Fellow

Ryan Croteau
Program Coordinator, Communications, Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life

Anthony Diaz
Senior Associate Athletic Director, Payne Whitney Gymnasium

Andrew Forsyth
Assistant Secretary for Student Life, Office of the Secretary and Vice President for Student Life

Kimberly Goff-Crews

Chair, The Wellness Project Committee; Secretary and Vice President for University Life

Lisa Kimmel
Director of Wellness and Health Education at Yale Health

Sharon Kugler
University Chaplain

Jennifer Mendelsohn
Associate Director, Office of Graduate Student Life

Karen Peart
Deputy Press Secretary, Yale Office of Public Affairs and Communications

Lalani Perry
Assistant Vice President, Internal Communications

Emma Seppala

Co-director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence 

Dr. Rajita Sinha*
Foundations Fund Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center and of Neurobiology; Director, Yale Stress Center

Rafi Taherian
Associate Vice President for Yale Hospitality

Two undergraduate members to be appointed

*faculty advisor