Supporting and improving the well-being of our people, places and planet

The University of Michigan Well-being Collective is an interdisciplinary group of students, staff, and faculty who have been brought together from across campus to support and implement our commitment to improving the well-being of our people, places and planet.

We aspire to make U-M a health-promoting university and global leader in championing the well-being of students, faculty, staff and community. We’re developing a holistic, campuswide approach, recognizing diversity of identity and prioritizing resilience and sustainability as central to the health and well-being of the U-M community. 

We understand that mental health and well-being are not simply matters of individual experience, but a state connected to one’s environment, as well as social and policy factors. This effort cannot be accomplished by a single unit or department alone. It must be something we create collectively as a community, with everyone contributing to making U-M a better place to live, work and learn.

We are implementing our work through the collective impact approach:

  • Collective impact describes an intentional way of working together and sharing information for the purpose of solving a complex problem / challenge
  • Collective impact is more likely to solve complex problems than if a single entity were to approach the same problem(s) / challenges on its own
  • Collective impact centers equity and inclusion in making sustainable change

Land Acknowledgement

The University of Michigan is located on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe people. In 1817, the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Bodewadami Nations made the largest single land transfer to the University of Michigan. This was offered ceremonially as a gift through the Treaty at the Foot of the Rapids so that their children could be educated. Through these words of acknowledgment, their contemporary and ancestral ties to the land and their contributions to the University are renewed and reaffirmed.