The Wellness Initiatives Fund provides financial support to various student wellness programs, trainings, and events. In addition to the generous support from Robin McQueen-Lynch '80 and Bob Flynn '87, the Class of 2019 Senior Class Gift supported the Wellness Initiatives Fund.

Student groups, faculty, and staff are encouraged to apply for these funds to either develop new and innovative wellness initiatives or to enhance current program offerings.

A few examples that would be considered for funding include:

  • developing and implementing new programs that educate on the mind, body, and spirit connection;
  • creating best practice offerings for students on mental health, anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention;
  • inviting impactful guest speakers to campus;
  • offering weekly wellness-related classes for students;
  • supporting and enhancing large-scale events such as Fresh Check Day, a suicide prevention wellness event; and
  • providing additional support and training for students who seek to implement peer health training and education.

Preference is given to programs, initiatives, and opportunities that serve as models for replication and sustainability on the Stonehill campus, demonstrate collaboration across areas, and/or extend the impact of an already existing program at Stonehill.

Funding requests are evaluated based on the criteria mentioned above, number of proposals received, and resources available for that year. Requests are reviewed by the Wellness Initiatives Fund team, chaired by the Vice President for Student Affairs and comprised of representatives from across campus with knowledge of and interest in student wellness topics.