Social Well-being

Social well-being is the ability to build meaningful connections with and feel a sense of belonging to the GW community by establishing and maintaining healthy relationships with others.


Social Well-being Resources

GW Resources

Attend a GW Late Night Event

GW Late Night is a series of FREE evening and weekend events that provide space for students to have fun and socialize, explore new interests, and take a break from academics without the temptation or risks involved with drinking alcohol or being in an environment where alcohol is present.


Connect with the Collegiate Recovery Community

The Collegiate Recovery Community is designed to support students in recovery from substance disorders and other process addictions.


Participate in Intramural Sports

GW Campus Recreation Intramural Sports offers sports such as indoor soccer, basketball, volleyball, wiffleball, and flag football, just to name a few. It is free for students to play, leagues are offered multiple days of the week, and it is also a great way to meet new people with similar interests!


Find an Event

Check out the University Calendar and Engage to find virtual events to attend.


Get Involved

Get involved in one of GW's 500+ clubs and organizations.


Learn About the Student Rights and Responsibilities

The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities engages across GW to foster equitable and restorative accountability to community standards.

Beyond GW


Find local clubs, organizations, and events related to your interests and passions.


Responsible Drinking

For students over 21, who may be consuming alcohol for frequently than normal, these are tips to remind them to drink responsibly. Students may also be engaging in digital happy hours and "drinking challenges" online, so this site can serve as a reminder of the risks of binge drinking and how to set proper limits.



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Combating Loneliness to Prevent Addiction

Fighting loneliness can have the effect of fighting addiction too, as positive relationships impact your life in a significant way. Support groups and treatment will help to break the cycle of addiction, but lifestyle changes can also bring positive changes and greatly improve the situation.


Coping with Social Anxiety Disorder

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) help can come in many forms. While not a substitute for professional treatment, self-help is a good starting point. The self-help strategies for social anxiety disorder outlined in this article can be used at home to overcome your symptoms.


Longwalks App

This "group journal" app allows you to complete short, daily prompts with the important people in your life in order to strengthen your relationships and have more meaningful conversations.


NIH Social Wellness Toolkit


Little Happier: A Lesson Learned from the End of Life: Make Time for the People Who Matter Most

July 27, 2020

Eugene O’Kelley’s account of his experience of the end of his life is a reminder that our time and energy are limited, and we need to make sure to give them to the people who matter most to us.

 5 Tips For...

1. Check in with yourself.

  • If you're feeling hungry, angry, lonely, or tired, consider not drinking, as these states can heighten the negative impacts of alcohol.

  • It might be tempting to end the day with a glass of wine or a cold beer to unwind, but try limiting drinking to weekends and opting for a non-alcoholic drink during the week.

2. Don't drink on an empty stomach.

  • If you do decide to drink, eat a carb- and protein-heavy meal beforehand.

3. Alternate between alcohol and water.

  • Alcohol causes your body to lose water. Stay hydrated by alternating your drinks with water.

  • Leave a large water bottle by your bedside to drink before you go to sleep.

4. Keep track of how much you drink.

  • The body processes one standard drink per hour.

  • Set a limit beforehand for how much you will drink, and try to avoid drinking games.

Standard Drink Sizes

  • Liquor: 1.5 oz.

  • Wine: 5 oz.

  • Beer: 12 oz.

5. Don't feel like drinking?

  • That's okay! If you don't want to drink but still want to be social, just hold a cup of soda. Nobody will know the difference.

  • If a friend tells you they aren't drinking, offer them a cup of soda or water instead.

#RaiseUpGW Resources


Download the 5 Tips for Alcohol Risk Reduction handout

1. Create a group chat.

  • Create a group chat with roommates or an existing group of friends to make plans easily.

  • Start a weekly tradition, such as coffee dates or Sunday brunch. This will give you something fun to look forward to each week!

2. Connect outside social media.

  • Find ways to connect that don't involve social media.

  • Ex. calling a friend or family member, playing a board game, cooking or baking together, attending a group fitness class at Lerner

3. Experiencing FOMO?

  • Remember to also cultivate a connection with yourself! Find activities that you enjoy on your own.

  • If you experience FOMO (fear of missing out) when you scroll through social media, consider taking a break from it altogether.

4. Join a club or organization at GW.

  • GW has hundreds of clubs and organizations surrounding a variety of causes and interests.

  • Join an organization to meet people with similar interests and passions.

5. Attend one of GW's many campus traditions and events.

  • Participate in a campus tradition like Vern Harvest, Midnight Breakfast, GW Late Night, or Chalk-In.

  • Give back to the community through the Nashman Center's many service programs.

  • Attend a community or cultural event hosted by the MSSC.

#RaiseUpGW Resources


Download the 5 Tips for Connecting with Others handout