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The Raise Up Challenge is an opportunity for departments and organizations across the university to share their commitment student well-being by appointing a Raise Up Representative and creating a departmental or organizational goal that aligns with one of the four goals of the Raise Up GW well-being initiative.

At the end of the academic year, the department or organization will be awarded a badge and recognized as Well-being Champions.

Goals of Raise Up GW

Outlined below are the four goals of Raise Up GW along with sample departmental goals that support them:

Example Raise Up Challenge Goal: Lerner will provide five free educational and skill-based workshops related to physical well-being weekly throughout the Fall 2020 semester.


Example Raise Up Challenge Goal: By the end of the Spring 2021 semester, all [department] staff members will undergo the Helping Students in Distress training from CAPS, and all student employees of [department] will undergo the How to Help a Friend training from CAPS.

Example Raise Up Challenge Goal: Health Promotion & Education will work with the Capital Peers and CLRE to distribute sexual health barriers to each residence hall on a monthly basis.

Example Raise Up Challenge Goal: Beginning during the 2020-21 academic year, the CHC will meet monthly with the Capital Peers executive board to discuss student well-being concerns and needs.

Meet the 2020-2021 Raise Up Representatives!

Amy Andrade

Amy Andrade

Student Rights & Responsibilities

Raise Up Goal #4: Prioritize student well-being as a factor in institutional decision making

  • Departmental Goal: Beginning in Fall 2020, SRR will collect data via online survey on an ongoing basis of students’ perception of and/or experience within the conduct process in order to assist in evaluating SRR's procedures and policies, and to ensure a fair and just process for all students.

Dan Wright

Dan Wright

Campus Living & Residential Education

Raise Up Goal #2: Promote a culture that encourages students to engage in help seeking behaviors related to well-being

  • Departmental Goal: CLRE, including Area Coordinators, Community Directors, and Faculty in Residence, will create at least one active, virtual experience each week for each on-campus residential communitiy and off-campus student across the eight dimensions of well-being.

Mallory McPherson-Wehan

Mallory McPherson-Wehan

Lerner Health & Wellness Center

Raise Up Goal #4: Prioritize student well-being as a factor in institutional decision making

  • Departmental Goal: By May 2021, Lerner will establish a student advisory council of 8-10 graduate and undergraduate students representing various departments (desk staff, fitness, intramurals, and club sports) that meets twice a month that will play a major role in Lerner’s decision-making on rules, policies, and programs.

Nicole Davy

Nicole Davy

Colonial Health Center Medical Services

Raise Up Goal #3: Foster well-being practices that are inclusive and accessible to all students

  • Departmental Goal: Through May 2021, the CHC will offer telehealth services, including but not limited to STI screening, PrEP, contraception advice and prescribing, UTI and acne treatment, referrals and medical advice to all registered GW students via Zoom or over the telephone Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5 pm and will address urgent issues on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 pm.

Zareena Khan

Zareena Khan

Office of Student Life

Raise Up Goal #2: Promote a culture that encourages students to engage in help seeking behaviors related to well-being

  • Departmental Goal: The Student Life Instagram will highlight one dimension of well-being each week during October and November by sharing a Well-being Wednesday post that directs students to GW resources, off-campus resources, self-help resources, and podcasts pertaining to that dimension of well-being.



Interested in joining the Raise Up Challenge?

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Wellness Champion badge

1. Identify a Raise Up Representative for your team.

  • Any non-student staff member of a department can be a Raise Up Representative
  • Any active member of an active student organization can be a Raise Up Representative.

Raise Up Representatives work with their team to determine a departmental/organizational goal and provide status updates about their team's progress twice a year. The only time commitment for being a Raise Up Rep is:

  • A half-hour consultation at the start of the Challenge to review your department or organization's goal
  • A half-hour status update in the middle of the year
  • A half-hour final update at the end of the year

2. Determine a departmental/organizational goal.

Raise Up Representatives should work with their team and consider the following as they determine their goal:

  • What are we already doing to support student well-being that we want to highlight to the campus community?
  • What areas of our work can we expand to support student well-being?

Once a goal related to student well-being has been determined, Raise Up Representatives should fill out the Interest Form below. Upon completion of the form, the Raise Up GW committee will reach out about next steps.

3. Pursue your goal!

Deparments and organizations will receive a Well-being Champion badge for their website and be featured on the Raise Up Challenge website upon achievemnet of their goal at the end of the academic year.

Any questions about the Raise Up Challenge can be directed to [email protected].

Join the Raise Up Challenge!