University Well-Being Coalition

The University Well-Being Coalition (UWBC) is a network of university partners working cross-functionally to create a healthier community for students, faculty, and staff. The coalition consists of departments, academic units, and student organizations within MSU who have made a commitment to align their efforts toward creating and strengthening a culture of sustainable and equitable health and well-being at MSU.

To guide our collaborative work, the UWBC has adopted the following Inter-Association Definition of Well-Being:  


‘We define well-being as an optimal and dynamic state that allows people to achieve their full potential’ 


This definition opens our collective work to the customization needed to serve each unit's students, staff, and faculty through unique options chosen by that unit’s work team. The full definition and 15 aligned professional associations can be found here. 

The UWBC recognizes and emphasizes that no single unit — however innovative or influential — can foster personal and community well-being alone. Instead, we're working to bring individuals, departments, and units together to achieve social change.

Click here to download the Executive Summary PDF


Watch: Introduction to the University Well-Being Coalition

In this webinar, we shared more about the UWBC, what we've accomplished so far and how to get involved. Watch below!

MSU faculty and staff are also invited to join the Microsoft Teams chat by clicking here. The chat offers a place for well-being partners to collaborate in real time, share resources and more. 




Coalition Purpose and Goals 

UWBC represents MSU’s wide range of health and well-being professionals and practitioners and supports the mission and strategic health and well-being initiatives set forth by MSU.  

To achieve this purpose, the UWBC’s work is organized around the three strategic priorities:


  1. Healthy Michigan State Global Community: 

    Create a comprehensive and inclusive health and well-being initiative for students, faculty, staff (s/f/s) and the extended university communitywhich builds structures, systems and policies along a socio-ecological model. This model will focus on improving the well-being of the university community while strengthening and aligning our health and well-being programs that support academic and life achievement, and promote a mindset focused on living a sustainable, well-balanced life. 

  2. Implement and Evaluate Health and Well-Being Initiatives:

    Plan, develop, implement and evaluate health and well-being initiatives. Maximize the collection and analysis of well-being data for s/f/s. Engage in evidence-based practices and continuous quality improvement to facilitate sustained healthy lifestyle behaviors which ultimately reduce the economic, personal and personnel burden of chronic conditions while providing measurable outcomes and demonstrating value. 

  3. Communicate Meaningfully:

    Build an effective and comprehensive communication network/clearinghouse to create one unified health and well-being voice and resource. 


We believe these goals foster and support a culture and environment that promotes health and well-being, champions academic and career success, and maximizes university resources with the goal of creating a better quality of life for all members of the MSU community