The Wellness Services Office encourages students to be involved in their own wellness. Wellness Services also helps students become more aware of campus events and offerings on topics such as work-life balance. This includes being aware of alcohol safety, as promoted in our SmART tutorial. Students may access wellness-related tips and insights from Health Services’ mobile app, during weekly Wellness open hours and our newsletter. Some students may wish to get involved in student organizations that promote student health or well-being.
Being involved may be self-directed, with a focus on your own wellness, or as part of a larger organization promoting health, safety or mindfulness.
Mailing List and Volunteer Signup
You can receive updates on wellness programming, activities, trainings and giveaways by subscribing to our mailing list. And if you want to assist with various aspects of our programming, we're looking for volunteers!
Community Health Organizers
The Community Health Organizers (CHO) are a group of peer educators dedicated to providing accurate health information, fostering open and safe environments, debunking assumptions, and reaching out to diverse communities on and surrounding the Smith campus. The group’s continuing goal is to ensure awareness of current and longstanding issues in health through interactive teaching, workshops, and conversations on topics such as sexual health/sexuality, alcohol and other drugs, sexual assault/relationship violence prevention and overall wellness (positive body image, stress, nutrition, sleep, etc...). Community Health Organizers are student volunteers who are affiliated with and supported by Smith's Health and Wellness Services, specifically the Wellness Services office.
Junior Community Health Organizer
Five Junior CHOs (current first-years only) will be selected to work closely with the current CHO members and the Director of Wellness for the Spring 2018 semester with the goal of becoming full CHO members for the 2018–19 academic year. View the application form for more information about the Junior CHO position. To apply, please complete the form by Friday, December 15, 2017 at noon.
Student Groups & Organizations
Body Positivity Support Group
This group is for all bodies and persons interested in adopting a more forgiving attitude toward their bodies. We recognize that all persons have diverse journeys with their body and body appreciation. All journeys are welcome to grow, learn, and explore. This group will meet Thursday (exact time TBA) beginning January 25, 2018 and will be co-led by Jenny Nocito, Smith College nutritionist, and Kris Mereigh, director of Wellness Services. To express your interest in the body positivity support group, please fill out the form.
Smith Students for Reproductive Justice
Through SSRJ, Smith students engage with a network of college students across the country organizing events on their campuses to raise public awareness about reproductive health and rights, educate young people at concerts about sexual health, work with and support their local Planned Parenthood health centers, and mobilize advocates of reproductive justive. To learn more or get involved, contact email@example.com.
Active Minds strives to create a space where students can organize around mental health and emotional wellbeing. We are an action based organization working to destigmatize mental health and psychological distress on this campus and advocate for student mental health needs. Overall, our meetings are structured to provide a stigma free space for discussions, the tools to organize campus wide educational events, and a space where members can work to advocate for student mental health at Smith. We welcome new members at any point throughout the semester; we value any ways students want to get involved with our work. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
The Wellness Office OCIP Internship was formed to let students complete an annual project of their own. These projects have included a cookbook for healthy, inexpensive cooking; a research project on the relationship between body shame and sexual health prevention; and a series of bookmarks with information about individual and interpersonal wellness.
Public Health Internship
Wellness Services hires a student intern to design, implement and evaluate wellness education interventions related to alcohol, stress, sex, sleep and relationships, among other topics. The public health intern assists with the following responsibilities:
- conduct research to continuously update the House Health Person wellness manuals.
- Assists with data collection for wellness surveys
- Facilitates Focus Groups.
- Updates wellness boards.
- Organizes and coordinates wellness programming and outreach events.
- Designs marketing materials
- Communicates with the wellness student leadership groups: Community Health Organizers (CHOs) and the House Wellness Liaisons (HWLs)
Public Health Communications Intern
Wellness Services hires a student intern to handle all of our social media and print marketing. The responsibilities are as follows:
- Designs marketing materials
- Posts marketing material and connects with audience in a systematic way
- Works with the wellness team to create, launch and evaluate large scale public health communications campaigns.
For details on these internships and the application processes for each, please email email@example.com.