Centering Wellbeing and Whole Student Health on Campus
Join us as we take a deep dive into three universities’ recent campus projects aimed at promoting student health and share takeaways at critical junctures of the integrated planning processes.
Coffee Chat: COVID-19 Physical Distancing in Classrooms
Recorded June 10.
We are all trying to figure out how to safely bring students back to classrooms for the fall semester. A discussion about 6-foot physical distancing layout modifications in existing classrooms, reduced occupancy yields when dealing with fixed seating versus movable seating, creating instructor zones, creating alternate instruction spaces.
Coffee Chat: Emotional Intelligence
Recorded June 17.
Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and harness your emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving, to regulate your own emotions when necessary, and to help others do the same. The coronavirus pandemic is proving to be the greatest test of emotional intelligence in a generation. It’s time for a check-in.
Experience vs Convenience
Two universities share how their hospitality teams rethought their dining operations over the past year—UConn, as one of the country's largest self-operated food service programs, focused on maintaining diverse options; Yale, as a transformational organization, committed to table gatherings and healthy, locally-sourced food.
How the Built Environment Can Support Mental Health on Campus
The built environment has a powerful impact on the mental health and wellness of students. Mental well-being can be supported throughout the campus by incorporating many thoughtful planning and design approaches.
How to Transform Your Learning Environments for COVID-19
Recorded June 18.
While it’s daunting to have to reconfigure classrooms and reexamine pedagogy and campus operations, in the best light this pandemic offers an opportunity for rapid experimentation and innovation. Panelists from leading planning and design firm Sasaki and Smith College discussed how institutions can dig into their existing classroom data to engage in scenario modeling and clearly understand how classroom capacities and scheduling will shift this fall.
This capstone session will identify key insights from the series, pose new questions, and offer creative, actionable ideas for moving higher education forward.
Integrating Security With Wellness and Biophilic Design
Illustrating the latest security, wellness, and biophilic design integration strategies, this session will provide you with essential tools for evaluating both prospective designs and existing conditions on your campus.
Keynote: Healthy People, Healthy Planet
Learn about the latest evidence behind WELL’s new Health-Safety Rating for Facilities Management and Operations, and how the WELL Building Standard can elevate the role of buildings in the fight against COVID-19.
Planning for Higher Education Journal
Mens Sana in Corpore Sano
Campus planning that encourages a healthy lifestyle also augments scholastic achievement, improving grades and increasing graduation rates.
Planning for Higher Education Journal
Mind and Body
Serving the needs of the whole person—mental health, medical care, recreation and fitness, and other services—is critical to both student and institutional success.
Backed by neuroscience research from the NBBJ Fellowship Program with New York Times best-selling author Dr. John Medina—an initiative by the global design and planning firm NBBJ—this session presents research and ideas to create more uplifting experiences at work and how to mitigate stress for frontline workers, both immense challenges in light of an ongoing pandemic and the associated economic uncertainty.
Planning for: Allergen-Free Dining
Nearly half of all college students today avoid at least one food allergen, according to a report listed in our Spring 2020 issue of Trends in Higher Education
. As the number of students with disclosed food allergies continues to rise, allergen-free dining has become a key consideration in creating a healthy and inclusive campus—as well as in recruitment and retention efforts.
Recently, Michigan State University opened an allergen-free dining hall on its campus called Thrive. We caught up with Gina Keilen, Registered Dietitian, Culinary Services, at Michigan State to learn more about the planning process and how her team’s efforts are positively impacting the campus community.
This document outlines the institution’s phased approach to reopening campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Safe, Smart Campuses for the Pandemic and Beyond
To examine how colleges are continuing to function during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Chronicle
gathered a group of design experts, architects, public-health officials, college leaders, and student affairs officers for this virtual forum. Panelists discussed the lessons learned and how they are applying them to help everyone on campus thrive in spite of the present challenges:
Campuses focus on safety as they welcome students back into residence halls—but it won't be the only thing they consider. In this new normal, the mission of community and collaboration hasn't changed, but the ways in which it is achieved may have to.
In this session, we'll share how institutions have made changes in their metrics, planning and design strategies, and campus facilities that contribute to recruitment, academic growth, and graduation rates.
The European Experience
After a full year of shutdowns, virtual learning, and constant adaption, we will discuss how University College London and the University of Dublin responded to government mandates and how the crisis has shaped living and working arrangements.
In this session, you'll learn how RCC delivers culinary workforce training and academic programs in a satellite facility at the heart of a poverty-concentrated area, pushing back economic isolation and promoting learning and health.
Voices from the Field: Episode #16
From The Hope Center at Temple University, Paula Umaña discusses caring and communication: the need to identify your most vulnerable students, then ensure that available assistance is visible and easy for them to access.
Who Guarantees That Your Campus is Safe for Return?
Recorded June 23.
In this webinar, Harvard’s Joseph Allen and John Macomber discussed their new book, Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity
, and in particular, what are best practices today as organizations think about prudent return.
This is part of the series “Less Talk, More Action: Tactical Topics to Return to Campus.”