To be well at the George Washington University is to honor the dynamic process of change and growth that involves building resilience, persistence, and positivity in the face of challenges. Raise Up GW is our initiative dedicated to helping students engage in a comprehensive well-being experience across campus. We empower our students to actively engage in well-being activities that are supportive of holistic lifestyles. Through this initiative, students will gain an understanding of resources and learn how to help others in need. For more information, contact the Raise Up GW Committee.
Dimensions of Well-being
We are still dedicated to helping you prioritize your well-being during the virtual learning period. As you browse through these dimensions of well-being, you will have the ability to identify virtual campus services and online resources to aid you in finding a healthy balance during this time.
Honest Conversations is a virtual facilitated group conversation series for GW students. It's a space to talk with other students about real topics and experiences in a safe space for group processing. Students are encouraged to attend as many and as often as they want - all are welcome!
Hosted by the Elliott School's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Well-being for the People is a cross-campus, semester-long workshop series that offers self-care tools to help you manage stress, deal with emotional burdens, strengthen your psychological fortitude, and grow hopeful and energized. Sign Up by October 19 for the first event in the series based on the book The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health: Navigate an Unequal System, Learn Tools for Emotional Wellness, and Get the Help You Deserve by Dr. Rheeda Walker.
We want to hear how you are maintaining your well-being during this virtual learning period! Tell us your well-being story to be featured on our website.
Physical health has been really important in managing recent stress. I focus on getting 8 hours of sleep at night and incorporating at least one vegetable into every meal. I’ve found time for three 20min workouts a week, and online classes have allowed me to get up and just move around much more often – short walks, stairs, dancing around the room. Little things have a way of adding up, and my physical health has positively impacted my ability to be proactive in the current world.
Hometown: Northern VA Dimension: Intellectual Well-being
Amidst the current global pandemic, many of us are having uncomfortable conversations with loved ones about racial injustice. As disheartening images and videos emerged of Black bodies being expendable, I once again felt hyper-aware of the intersectional identities that I myself fall into. While at home, I felt a sense of relief to be in a safe space where I am not constantly reminded that I am the only Black Somali Muslim Women. In order to re-establish this safe space, I engaged in fruitful, intergenerational dialogues with my family to see how we can do better within our Somali-Muslim community and how to uplift one another at home. Through intellectual, spiritual conversations or setting aside time to reflect, I slowly feel the strength and healing needed to cope through this heavy time.
Hometown: Cambridge, MA Dimension: Environmental Well-being
During quarantine, I have taken charge of the cooking and food shopping for my household to promote some environmentally friendly practices at home. I have focused on making small changes to my family's standard routine such as increasing the number of plant-based meals we eat each week, buying produce without packaging when possible, and meal planning before shopping to be sure we avoid buying excess food. I have also started planting the seeds or stalks from our food scraps so that we can regrow our produce. It's been very fulfilling integrating these changes into our life this summer.