In an effort to condense the semester and discourage journey to and from campus through the COVID-19 pandemic, Lehigh eliminated spring break from the Spring 2021 educational calendar. This time away from the schedules and stresses of campus life has lengthy been a trademark of a typical spring semester. This semester, after all, has not been typical.
With this in thoughts, Nathan City, provost and senior vp for educational affairs; Kathy Iovine, College Senate chair; and Frank Gunter, College Senate co-chair, sent a message in mid-January to college and educational employees, encouraging them to contemplate inventive methods by which they could “create some house” of their syllabi to alleviate stress through the week of March 22, which might have been spring break.
“This has been a difficult yr for all members of our neighborhood,” says City. “We invited college to create house of their programs throughout that specific week to foster well-being and cut back stress. Particularly, we advocate that instructors keep away from high-stakes exams and decrease the quantity of labor college students would do exterior of sophistication. We’re grateful that many college members have taken necessary steps to reinforce the psychological wellness of our college students.”
To assist relieve scholar and school stress, many Lehigh professors have deliberate to make changes to their programs for that week; for instance, some are incorporating into class time an exercise that promotes wellness or quickly decreasing a course’s required workload. As well as, Lehigh employees and scholar teams are organizing occasions and actions that foster bodily and psychological wellness. Throughout the college, plans to lighten the load of an uncommon semester are taking form.
Not all programs can enable for a “break” throughout this condensed semester, however many college are discovering inventive methods to regulate for Wellness Week. Fairly than holding a typical class assembly, some professors plan to include extra casual interactions, akin to group discussions or particular person conferences. Some are avoiding quizzes and exams or decreasing the variety of required assignments, and others have determined to not introduce new content material throughout that week’s lecture.
Okay. Sivakumar (“Siva”), professor and chair of the division of selling, for instance, plans to not require formal work to his MBA college students throughout Wellness Week. The category will meet, however Siva plans to make use of the time to overview and elaborate on ideas mentioned in earlier lessons and introduce some new concepts that won’t require advance preparation.
“Like many issues in life, instructing is a balancing act. On the one hand, we need to be sure that the scholars are geared up with a sure stage of data and expertise by the tip of the semester; however, we wish them to be in the appropriate state of mind for studying,” says Siva. “By having some flexibility by way of when content material is taught through the semester and the work related to that content material, we can accommodate scholar welfare with out compromising studying goals.”
Some programs will function extra overtly wellness-related actions. The next are only a few examples.
Tong Quickly Lee, professor of music, plans to have college students in his MUS013 course, “Music Cultures of the World,” take part in a hands-on workshop on Korean percussion throughout Wellness Week. Barbara Malt, professor of psychology, may have her COGS 7 college students learn an article on meditation and the mind, and has invited Rabbi Steven Nathan, director of Jewish Pupil Life and affiliate chaplain, to steer a mindfulness meditation throughout class time. Pat O’Seaghdha, professor of psychology and cognitive science, will change his cognitive psychology course’s weekly Zoom assembly with a suggestion to look at a film about reminiscence, akin to “Memento” or “Everlasting Sunshine of the Spotless Thoughts.”
College members within the division of journalism and communication have deliberate “Reporting on and Dwelling in Occasions of Trauma,” a two-day digital program for all members of the Lehigh neighborhood that may facilitate reflection and dialog concerning the impression of on a regular basis trauma and ache. On Tuesday, March 23 from 4:30 to six:00 p.m., a moderated panel will focus on the expertise of trauma as a working journalist, and on Wednesday, March 24 from 4:30 to six:00 p.m., a panel will focus on lived experiences of witnessing mediated trauma and its impression on day-to-day life, significantly for Black People.
Sara Heintzelman, an adjunct professor within the instructing, studying and know-how (TLT) program, will welcome a visitor lecturer to the assembly of her part of TLT 407 on March 22. David Yadush, a behavioral well being schooling specialist from Lehigh Valley Well being Community, will supply methods for managing psychological wellness through the pandemic. This lecture is open to all college students within the School of Training’s TLT and particular teaching programs.
Heintzelman additionally has deliberate a college-wide Wellness Week initiative. With an idea just like that of the Flat Stanley Challenge (by which contributors take pictures in varied places of a paper cutout of the titular character of the youngsters’s novel “Flat Stanley”), the “Be Clutch. Be Well.” initiative invitations the School of Training’s college students, college and employees to “interact in a wellness exercise with [a cutout of Lehigh mascot] Clutch” and share on social media.
“Educating undergraduate and graduate college students how to deal with the challenges of instructing and studying in the midst of a pandemic is equally as necessary as the educational content material in our programs,” says Heintzelman. “Our college students wish to us to mannequin compassion, present alternatives to attach, and be current as people in our course classes. By way of these actions, we’re exhibiting college students how we will take challenges and switch them into inventive methods to attach. I hope that when our college students work by challenges of their future school rooms, they will look again on this time of studying at a distance and be reminded that by intentional educational design we will develop options that construct neighborhood and resilience.”
Alternatives for Self-Care
Past lecturers, plenty of campus places of work and organizations have organized occasions and actions associated to self-care and well-being. Watch the Lehigh events calendar and the Student Affairs events calendar for occasions and actions as they’re added within the weeks forward.
The Workplace of Pupil Engagement has deliberate plenty of occasions main as much as and through Wellness Week, together with a succulent make-and-take, a chance for college students to make self-care baggage for themselves and a buddy, and the launch of the Sense of Belonging sequence for undergraduate and graduate college students, which is able to supply 5 totally different Group Teams for college students to affix.
“Wellness Week is a crucial alternative for our whole campus neighborhood to mirror on habits that we will individually and collectively tackle to advertise optimistic well being,” says Aarsenio Perry, assistant dean and director of the Workplace of Pupil Engagement. “Within the midst of dwelling by a pandemic that has reconfigured how we function, it is necessary for us all to additionally reimagine what our thoughts, physique and souls would possibly want throughout this time. …Wellness Week permits all of us to take a step again and observe how we will holistically nurture ourselves and lengthen grace to our being. … Many alternative places of work and departments have come collectively to collectively promote actions and occasions that may assist our college students and neighborhood supply kindness and neighborhood to our well-being. All through this week, keep in mind to permit your self grace and kindness, all whereas discovering house to affirm the wholeness of who you might be.”
Lehigh After Darkish, which offers events throughout the academic year, may have wellness-related programming throughout Wellness Week, together with Thursday Evening Trivia sponsored by the Italian Membership and a Canvas Portray Take and Make sponsored by the Black Pupil Union on March 25, in addition to a Digital Escape Room sponsored by the Asian Cultural Society on March 26. Particulars about upcoming occasions may be discovered here.
Lehigh Eating will supply wholesome snacks and recipes all through the week, in addition to a socially distant chili cookoff that includes Lehigh Eating cooks. The InSTALLment for the month of March focuses on 30 Days of Mindfulness, together with hyperlinks to interactive weekly classes held by the Counseling Middle and the Chaplain’s Workplace. On March 23, the Graduate Life Workplace will supply wellness suggestions, phrases of encouragement and small crops accessible for graduate college students to look after at residence.
Lehigh College Artwork Galleries will current a digital wellness-themed LUAG@Lunch on March 26, throughout which scholar representatives from Artists for Change will focus on how creating artwork is a type of self-care and well-being. As well as, the exhibition “Properly, Properly, Properly: Picturing Wellness within the LUAG Assortment” is on view within the Fairchild-Martindale Examine Gallery and The Gallery at Rauch Enterprise Middle.
At all times-Accessible Assets
Wellness Week could be only a week, however Lehigh affords resources for health and wellness all year long.
The Health and Wellness Center affords routine medical analysis and remedy, and is obtainable to college students by appointment Monday-Friday. Name 610-758-3870. After hours, college students can get in contact with a clinician-on-call for non-emergency well being recommendation by calling 610-758-3870. For medical emergencies, name LUPD (on campus) at 610-758-4200 or 911.
The Office of Counseling and Psychological Services affords plenty of companies and assets, together with this list of COVID-19 coping strategies. Counselors can be found 24/7 to supply assist and help. Name 610-758-3880 or 610-758-5183.
Taylor Health club is providing free virtual fitness programming to all present college students, college and employees this semester.
The BeWell employee wellness program affords many physical- and psychological health-related challenges.