Office of Student Health and Wellness

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Artwork courtesy of Harlan Hutton '20


“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” – World Health Organization

The health of Rhodes College students is not defined by a lack of ailments – it is, rather, students’ ability to create flourishing and balanced lives. The Office of Student Health and Wellness exists to cultivate this culture of holistic well-being among students.

Holistic well-being is perhaps best understood through a model of intersecting areas of wellness. At Rhodes we identify these areas as: Physical, Social, Intellectual, Emotional, Spiritual, Cultural, Environmental, and Occupational Wellness. Each of these areas can contribute to one’s overall wellness, or one’s overall imbalance.

Office of Student Health and Wellness: COVID-19 Update

The Office of Student Health and Wellness recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has altered our individual and communal rhythms and disrupted many of our lives. Perhaps the rapid changes in the spring 2020 semester were challenging to process. Or perhaps the longer we live in the circumstances (here we are with another remote semester), the more challenging you find them to be. Whatever your reactions or feelings, know that you are not alone. Rhodes College, the Office of Student Health and Wellness, and a multitude of other offices on campus are fully committed to the health and safety of our community and the wellness of our individual members.

As we enter into a physically distant fall 2020 semester and continue to navigate life in light of COVID-19, might I suggest that it is not too late to think more intentionally about your well-being. The below information is for you to think about your own Physical, Social, Intellectual, Emotional, Spiritual, Cultural, Environmental, and Occupational Wellness. Please keep in mind that some of the suggestions are subject to changes due to COVID-19, and they might be relative to spaces (like Memphis and campus) that you may not be in.

May the following suggestions not present themselves as a task list, but as reminders that we have options to cope, connect, and heal in the present. Now more than ever is a time to be kind to yourself and others, to be gentle as we continue to adjust and heal.

All the best, 

Olivia Lee Fowler 18
Coordinator for Student Health, Wellness & Engagement 

 

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The Office of Student Health and Wellness was created in 2018 and has since been pioneered by Olivia Lee Fowler ’18. As a graduate of the Rhodes College Urban Studies – Urban and Community Health program, Olivia values being able to integrate her background in community health and well-being into her work supporting flourishing student experiences.

With special thanks to Taryn Graves ’23, who has been dedicated to the work of the Office of Student Health & Wellness.