student wellness

drawing of a long haired white cat sitting on a surface
From The homœopathic veterinary doctor / by George H. Hammerton (1890)

105th chat, Tuesday May 8 2018: student wellness
6 pm Pacific / 7 pm Mountain / 8 pm Central / 9 pm Eastern

moderated by @midnorthwest @beastlibrarian @hailthefargoats
Wakelet (compilation of tweets) by @violetbfox

Students are under enormous pressure to perform well in college. In addition, systemic injustice is playing out on college campuses through income inequality, racism, sexism, xenophobia, and other –isms that directly and indirectly impact students. Given that libraries are not neutral, what obligation does the library have to address the secondary symptoms of trauma and injustice—anxiety, depression, stress, and feeling overwhelmed or hopeless? This #critlib chat will focus on student wellness in the academic library.

For this conversation, we are adapting the World Health Organization’s definition of health to define student wellness. Student wellness is defined as both freedom from physical, mental, and emotional malaise, and the capacity to take appropriate measures to address the challenges of being a student in this current sociocultural, economic and political moment.

Suggested readings

Discussion questions

  • Q1. What do you consider to be the primary student wellness need for students on your campus?
  • Q2. What populations are often overlooked in conversations about student wellness?
  • Q3. What is something you find frustrating about how student wellness is discussed (or not discussed) on your campus or at your library?
  • Q4. Should librarians be trained to support student wellness? Alternatively, should libraries make student wellness a priority?
  • Q5. What do you do (or plan to do) to support student wellness on your campus?