Holistic Well-Being

Virtual classes. Virtual events. Virtual meetings.

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Since early spring, we have all been devoted to ensuring our remote operations are running as smoothly as they can, as efficiently as possible. Can we say the same about our well-being? Are we running smoothly, efficiently? According to a cross-section of our campus community, people would like more resources to get through this difficult time.

Our OE/HR team has responded with the following resources that are open for UW employees to use to aid their holistic well-being. If you need additional resources, please email us at uwboehr@uw.edu. 

If you manage others, please make space and time for your faculty and staff members to participate in these wellbeing opportunities.  Be well and take care of yourself and each other.

Confidential Well-Being Survey: Spring 2021

The Organizational Excellence & Human Resources team have created a confidential well-being survey for Spring 2021. The purpose of this survey is to measure and positively impact the well-being of faculty and staff through the transition back to the workplace in fall and/or to support those who have been on campus. 

High-level survey results will be available by the end of spring quarter to inform planning over the summer. During autumn quarter, we also will provide unit-specific results to managers and leaders in support of additional campus-wide and local well-being interventions.

Stay tuned for the results! For any questions, please email uwboehr@uw.edu. 

Upcoming Events

Asian American Asian Diaspora Healing Spaces

In this past year, the Asian American and Asian Diaspora (AAAD) communities have experienced a sharp increase in anti-Asian racism and hate crimes across the country. The double threat from both the pandemic and the anti-Asian discrimination have led many to cope with feelings of grief, sadness, rage, frustration, confusion, and fear in isolation. At the same time, we know that being in and healing with community are key protective factors to both our physical and mental health in these extraordinarily difficult times. To support the AAAD staff and faculty at UW Bothell, a series of open conversations will be facilitated by Dr. Agnes Kwong, a psychologist who specializes in the mental health of Asian American and Asian Diaspora communities.

About our facilitator: Agnes Kwong, Ph.D. (she/her) is a counseling psychologist and the founder and director of Interconnections Healing Center, a social justice oriented mental health group practice and postdoctoral training site that focuses on serving queer, transgender, and BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) communities in Seattle, WA. She was a staff psychologist and trainer in various university counseling centers, including University of Washington, for over 10 years before opening up her own practice. Her specialty areas include oppression-based trauma, cultural adjustment, immigration, sexual trauma, coping with the impact of oppression, exploration of intersecting and bicultural identities, interracial/intercultural relationships, Asian American and Asian Diaspora mental health, and social justice training and consultation.

Please register for any or all sessions: 

BIPOC Healing Circle

The healing circle is a space for Black, Indigenous, and persons of color to heal in community. These groups are for individuals seeking a healing and therapeutic space. The healing circles will support learning from each other’s shared common experiences and identifying personal issues — all of which can help us to grow and build community with each other. The session will be facilitated by Andrea Salazar-Nuñez, Ph.D., a psychologist from the UW’s Husky Health & Well-Being counseling center. 

Please register to participate in the session. The capacity for each session is 10-15 people

Grief and Loss Healing Space

Many faculty and staff across campus have experienced the unexpected loss of loved ones during the pandemic. This healing space will focus on the unique needs of those experiencing grief and loss. This facilitated healing space will bring together campus community members to share experiences and gather collective wisdom. A healing space allows people to support each other through deep listening and shared learning. This leads to authentic and deep connectivity and can create wisdom and healing for our campus community members.

OE/HR will be offering grief and loss healing space sessions for the campus community. Each session will offer individuals an opportunity to show up authentically and process their grief experience in a safe environment, witness other peoples' experiences and offer support. Each session will be facilitated by Portia Baja, LICSWA. See Portia's bio and photo in OE/HR Holistic Well-Being page. Portia invites each participant the option to bring a candle/memento to honor their loved one/s.

Please register to indicate your intention participate in one of the grief and loss healing spaces. The capacity for each session is limited to 15 people. If both of these sessions fill, we will explore the possibility of additional sessions.

  • May 21, 12pm-1:30pm.
  • More sessions to be added as they become elegible

Counseling Sessions

As faculty and staff, we are all asked to be available unconditionally to support others, and 2020 has been a year filled with challenge, adversity, injustice, inequity and disparity.  Yet through this year we have responded with extraordinary resilience and compassion.  To support you during this time, we want you to have easy access to additional emotional/wellbeing support. 

UW CareLink

Mental health is an important part of your overall health. Talk to a professional if you think you need counseling or other help with your mental wellbeing. With UW CareLink, uou get free, easy access to short-term counseling with highly trainer clinicians. Find someone who can help by using the resources on UW CareLink's webpage.

Meditation and Mindfulness Sessions

Below will be a list of meditation and mindfulness resources for employees. We are also exploring bi-weekly 15 meditation sessions, please reach out to us at uwboehr@uw.edu if you would like to see these offered.

Self-Led Meditations by the Whole U

The Whole U is also offering a meditation series. They are bringing this practice to the UW community with the intention to help reduce stress, increase calmness and promote happiness in the workplace. Find a comfortable seat, take a deep breath and listen to the UW faculty and staff guiding your meditation practice.

View Meditation Series

Virtual Fitness & Mindfulness Classes

The Whole U is offering virtual fitness and mindfulness classes! The classes range from a fun interactive dance class to a calm, meditation practice. To learn more about the many offerings, please visit their webpage at:

Virtual Fitness & Mindfulness Classes

UW CareLink

UW Carelink is bringing The First 90, a habit formation challenge. Employees are encouraged to pick one or two areas of focus and join a cohort of like-minded colleagues. Over the course of three months, they will break down big goals into daily actions with the help of UW experts and Whole U partners, and provide the social support and accountability trackers to help you maintain your focus.

Register for The First 90 today!

UW Office of Ombud 

The Office of the Ombud serves the entire university community by providing a collaborative and confidential environment to discuss your situation, raise issues, consider your options, and develop a plan for the future

Visit here to schedule an appointment.

UW Resiliency Lab

The UW Resilience Lab promotes well-being at the University of Washington through education, research partnerships, and our core programs and initiatives. The have created a guidebook that promotes well-being and supports the whole student.

Well-Being for Life & Learning Guidebook

Outside Resources

Greater Good Magazine

Greater Good Science Center offers a free online magazine that turns scientific research into stories, tips and tools for a happier life and a more compassionate society. Some of the tools include quizzes, podcasts and videos.

View Greater Good Magazine

WA Listens

WA Listens is a new program that provides nonclinical support to people experiencing elevated stress due to COVID-19

To learn more, visit WA Listens.