At their recent Board meeting, the NIRSA Board of Directors endorsed the Okanagan Charter, a document that was crafted to aid in the promotion of health and wellbeing on college campuses around the world.
The Charter’s aim is to help college campuses promote health and wellbeing by providing a framework that can be used as a guide for integrating a culture of health and leading health promotion both locally and globally. The goal is to provide a resource for colleges looking to implement health and wellbeing promotion into all policies and practices, including everyday operations, business practices, and academic mandates. As of now, the Charter has been signed by ten universities, all of which are Canadian institutions—including NIRSA member institutions Mount Royal University and McMaster University.
The NIRSA Board of Directors endorsed the Okanagan Charter not only because the charter’s goals align with NIRSA’s Strategic Plan and share NIRSA’s Strategic Values of Health & Wellbeing, Global Perspectives, and Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, but also because the endorsement provides a resource for NIRSA members who also wish to advance a culture of health and wellbeing on their respective campuses.
NIRSA members have been at the forefront of promoting integrated health and wellbeing on their campuses. For example, in February, the University of Arkansas celebrated Love Yourself Week, an initiative meant to honor inner wellbeing and promote positive self-image within an academic environment.
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