As the University at Buffalo seeks to advance the health and wellness of our students, faculty and staff we must create a unified approach to recreation, health and wellness.
As the University at Buffalo seeks to advance the health and wellness of our students, faculty and staff we must create a unified approach to recreation, health and wellness. As we strive to meet not only the academic and research aspirations of students, but also provide access, opportunity and promotion of physical and mental health, the university must capitalize on the momentum and outcomes of the 2021 wellness and recreation master planning efforts. Many factors will determine the implementation of the wellness and recreation projects on North and South campus. Availability of funding sources, approval of final program requirements and the strategy for implementation are some factors to be considered. Strategic investment priorities and coordination with other aspects of the overall university master plan need to be affirmed.
As this project moves forward, we recommend an executive committee to convene and lead the next chapter of design and project implementation. This committee shall:
Student Life's recently launched health and wellness initiative, Taking Care, highlights the comprehensive approach the university provides its students in support of self-care, well-being, and academic success.
Our intentional emphasis on health promotion, emotional and mental support and the delivery of high-quality medical services help foster a vibrant and healthy campus community. Award-winning services arm our students with the tools needed to be their own health-care advocate. By establishing a culture of care and well-being, UB students are empowered to take health into their own hands and maintain a well-balanced lifestyle throughout their UB journey.
Subcommittee participation shall be determined based on functional expertise, stakeholder status and cross-functional campus engagement. Subcommittee work shall focus as follows:
Financial Subcommittee: in support of the executive committee work to refine and update existing financial proforma, inclusive of advancement and corporate foundation resources, in support of debt service, staffing growth plans and operational considerations that will reside both in this cost center and centrally. Make recommendations regarding broad based fee student consultation process and campus level fees in support of the SUNY fee approval process.
Operations Subcommittee: in support of the executive committee, work to refine program integration in support of physical space design and operational excellence. Make staffing plan recommendations in support of scaled or new services. Coordinate with the consultants and recommend departments, services, and programs that will be the primary occupants of the Wellness Center. Discuss with occupants their physical space needs as well as the services/programs offered, preferred hours of operation, method of service/program delivery, customers/users. Engage with stakeholders, students and occupants for feedback. Review and discuss centrally supported services that need to be planned for in this newly created space, both indoor and outdoor. Make recommendations regarding design and operations that will enhance operational efficiencies and excellence.
Communications Subcommittee: in support of the executive committee, work to promote, message and encourage campus stakeholder engagement into the planning and design process. Ensure campus stakeholders are informed of project progression while highlighting the outcomes and campus benefits associated with a holistic wellness student and campus experience. Triage and manage media inquiry regarding project. Support planned opportunities for student and campus feedback sessions. Make recommendations regarding environmental branding and wayfinding in and around space.
Student Advisory Subcommittee: in support of the executive committee work to represent the voice of the student stakeholders and provide feedback on space design, programming needs, operations of space. Work to share information collected from other student stakeholders not represented on committee and work collaboratively with communications committee and student governments to ensure dissemination of updated planning millstones.
Once charged the Executive Committee shall create a work plan with milestones for review and consideration of next steps, inclusive of recognizing the campus financial planning marker that will fund this work.