• A Health Promoting Campus: What is your role?
    Dec 10, 2019 | Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health

    Student Affairs and higher education leaders in all sectors of campus can use the Okanagan Charter as a powerful call to action to embed human and ecological considerations for health and wellbeing in our campus plans and policies, to create environments that support learning and personal development and culture of well-being.

    This Webinar will help leaders and administrators understand what it means to become a health-promoting campus and how understanding the Okanagan Charter is an important step to creating a campus plan for wellbeing.

    After the webinar what are the 4 things attendees will be able to do when they get back to their institutions?

    1. 1. Know why being a “health-promoting campus” matters.
    2. 2. Understand the Okanagan Charter and why it is groundbreaking.
    3. 3. Articulate how the campus physical environment plays a role in becoming a health-promoting campus?
    4. 4. Advocate for a collective impact framework, campus master plans, and policies for creating well-being in settings, communities, and individuals.

     Download the Webinar Slides (PDF).


    Matt Dolf, PHD – Director, Strategic Support, University of British Columbia. Providing strategic direction for wellbeing-promotion at UBC since 2014, Matt takes a systems and settings approach to facilitate UBC Wellbeing – a collaborative effort to make the University a better place to live, work, play, and learn for its 80,000 community members on its 1,000 acres of land. Matt Chairs the Canadian Health Promoting Campuses Network and is a member of the International Health Promoting Universities & Colleges Steering Group. He was part of the planning and development team for the 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges which produced the Okanagan Charter. Matt holds a Doctorate in the field of sport and sustainability from the UBC School of Kinesiology, and has researched and published in the areas of sport management, environmental impact assessment, sustainability, and health promotion.

    Dennis J. Swinford, ASLA – For the past decade, Dennis has led campus planning teams at Harvard University, The University of Massachusetts Amherst, and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He led master plans, capital plans, campus system plans, precinct plans, and feasibility studies, setting the course for campus investments totaling more than $1 billion.  He has also participated in the creation of sustainability plans and is an advocate for and student of the successful integration of both processes.  He is currently the Leader of the Higher Education Planning practice for Goody Clancy.

    Paula Lee Swinford, MS, MHA – Director, Health Promotion Strategy, University of Southern Californiais a nationally recognized leader in college health, bringing a wealth of experience in health promotion, public health, and campus residential life to her work for student wellbeing. She is recognized as a foundational and transformative leader. As the first Health Promotion professional to be elected President of the American College Health Association (ACHA) an organization founded in advancing the health of college students, she championed the use of population-level assessment data and standards. She has appointed to the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), advised Healthier Princeton, and served for over a decade as Executive Editor of the Journal of American College Health. She currently heads up the backbone organization for the USC Wellbeing Collective.