Health & Wellness:
By establishing a Health & Wellness Fund as well as an Emergency Health Fund, more students will be provided with access to health-related services without financial worries. The Health & Wellness Fund, overseen by the Office of the Dean of the College, would fund student-led and Health Promotion and Education (HPE) sponsored group activities such as workshops on mindfulness, restorative practices, having difficult conversations, healthy and affordable cooking strategies, and more.
The Emergency Health Fund will put student care first, covering costs for ambulance and emergency room fees, prescriptions, co-pays, transportation to specialists, etc. The fund will also bring local intensive outpatient (IOP) mental health providers to campus several times a week, minimizing scheduling and geography burdens placed on our students when considering IOP options. This also provides more manageable caseloads for our in-house counseling staff, preventing significant burnout.
UPGRADING & RELOCATING HEALTH SERVICES
Health Services must be easily accessed on foot from the College’s residential areas while also maintaining ambulance access and giving the department the much-needed space a contemporary college health center requires.
The modernized space will include:
- numerous exam rooms;
- isolation areas;
- storage areas for medical supplies;
- a reception area;
- adding an elevator and other necessary infrastructure upgrades.
BRINGING WELLNESS TO THE RESIDENTIAL HOUSES
Students will greatly benefit from areas devoted to wellness in their residential houses. The Residential Life Team, in partnership with faculty House Fellows, will develop spaces within the houses for students to gather for wellness activities, general mental health breaks, and, with the help of Athletics, exercise. These spaces could include dedicated mediation rooms, private rooms for remote therapy sessions, and exercise spaces with bikes, rowers, or at-home weight systems.
Enhancing the Vassar College Counseling Services (VCCS) Interior Space
The VCCS offers a variety of free and confidential services to students including counseling; a walk-in clinic, crisis intervention, and more. While its current location is sufficient, its interior needs upgrades including rearranging the space to allow for private areas for students to connect with their therapists remotely, updating rooms to fit them for IOP services, new furniture, improved lighting, and art to make the space as comfortable as possible.
—Carlos Alamo, Dean of the College