Mental Health & Student Life

Discovery Core Experience: I&S Course

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60-Second Syllabus: Mental Health & Student Life - Integrating Well-Being & Academics

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In this course we will learn together real time practical strategies to navigate many of the transitions you are experiencing as a new college student WITH a little more grace, peace, and support. Our classroom will be a safe, playful opportunity to try things out, communicate your ideas and experiences as a freshman and form friendships that will stay with you throughout your time at UWB.  

Why Should I Take This Course? 

College can be a huge life transition as you prepare to make your way in the world. The thought of leaving home and being on your own can feel uncertain and intimidating. We will explore together how to manage stress, stay focused, and maintain healthy habits—in body, mind, and spirit. In this class we will learn evidence-based practices in mindfulness and meditation and important practical steps needed to foster well-being, performance, happiness, and thriving in oneself and others. 

But How Will We Learn Together?

We are committed to building a first quarter classroom experience that welcomes, supports, and engages you as a budding scholar and a connected UWB student. Our classroom will be a fun, respectful, and safe environment to build strategies for adjusting to college, explore getting involved with campus activities and developing your own path toward enhancing a positive college experience. This class is highly experiential and conversational and will provide a variety of opportunities to build relationships and contribute as a learning community. 

Some Activities May Include:

  • Meditation and breath work 
  • Physical movement, (i.e., walking groups)  
  • Games and applications 
  • Reflective writing and discussion 
  • Accessing community support and campus programs 
  • Tea breaks and fun conversations  

Dr. Sunita Iyer (She/Her/Hers)

School of Nursing & Health Studies

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I have been a graduate and doctoral level educator since 2008 at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA and am thrilled to have joined the team at UW Bothell in 2016. Teaching is my passion in the clinical, classroom, online, as well patient care arena. My background and primary professional interest is perinatal and pediatric health, having started in Boston, WA and working in the public health sector.  My current clinical specialty is in mental and behavioral health in the perinatal and pediatric populations.  I am the Clinical Director and founder of an integrative clinic in Kenmore, WA that serves as a teaching clinic for students in a variety of medical and healthcare training programs, as well as a site for an accredited 2-year residency program. I look forward to seeing you in class, face-to-face and online!

  • Bastyr University Kenmore, WA, Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine; Certificate of Midwifery
  • University of Chicago Chicago, IL, BA with Honors, Anthropology and Ethnolinguistics


Dr. Maureen West (She/Her/Hers)

School of Nursing & Health Studies

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  • University of Washington Seattle, WA, PhD, Nursing
  • The Catholic University of America Washington, DC, MS, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
  • University of Iowa Iowa City, IA, BS, Nursing