Student Health and Wellness Commission
Student Health and Wellness Commissioner
Hi! My name is Shayla, I am a third year Chemistry major and I am from San Diego! This will be my second year in ASUCI as last year I was an intern for the Student Life and Advocacy Commission. As an intern I learned about all the resources available to students on and off campus, while meeting amazing people along the way. I am very passionate about advocating for healthy practices and accessibility. I look forward to serving as Co-Commissioner for Student Health and Wellness this year!
Office Hours: Tuesdays 11am-12pm in the ASUCI Office
Alexandra Maude Paulsen
Student Health and Wellness Commissioner
Hi everyone! My name is Alexandra Maude (you can call me by either name, and Maude is pronounced “mod”) and I am a fourth year Public Health Policy and Psychological Sciences double major. I started off in ASUCI as an intern and I’m proud to end my ASUCI and college career as a commissioner. I am passionate about health and am very excited to take this passion and make a difference on campus!
Office Hours: Thursdays 2pm-3pm in the ASUCI Office
Student wellness encompasses topics such as stress-management, diet/exercise, sexual health, drug/alcohol use, and other habits that promote a healthy lifestyle. The commission works to ensure students with (dis)abilities, visible or not, are represented and given the tools to succeed. The commission will work to expand on aiding the Disability Services Center in creating a culture of inclusive and equal opportunity on and off campus for students with (dis) abilities. Health should be every student’s priority and a key factor that contributes to both academic and personal success! This year, the commission educated UCI’s population on the importance of health and how to adapt a healthy lifestyle and advocated for students with either a visible or an invisible (dis)ability. To accomplish this, we will hold educational workshops, booth on Ring Road, market on social media, and utilized other events to spread knowledge amongst students. The commission will continue to create open discussion and dialogue for other Anteaters to voice their opinions and collaborate on finding solutions to these diverse problems. The commission will continue to work to spread the message of the topic of student wellness. The Student Health and Wellness commission will work on creating awareness towards the Wellness Lounge and seeking opportunities on campus to increase the amount of Wellness rooms and rest zones students may be allowed to utilize. It will advocate to bring more materials and provide resources that is tailored to the unique and diverse needs of students. The commission will work on bringing nap pods on campus and partnering with organizations to bring more accessible spaces for students to rest and seek comfort! Finally, the commission will work on creating more dialogue and opportunity to engage with other departments such as Greek Life in order to create more discussion on the topic surrounding drug and alcohol use.
Goals: The goals of the Health Commissions are as follows:
-To close the gap in the inaccessibility of healthcare by making students aware of their health options, like USHIP, local doctors, and PP for women’s health services like cancer screenings
-Promote healthy lifestyles and practices by raising awareness for alcohol and drug abuse, nutrition facts, infectious disease control, exercise options, and the importance of vaccinations in the prevention of communicable diseases.
-Partner with other clubs, like Public Health Association, and commissions, like Food Security, Student Life and Advocacy, and Sustainability Project, to reach a broader audience and combine our skills and knowledge to better serve the campus.
-Raise awareness for disorders that commonly go ignored by having boothing, tabling, and social media campaigns that will raise awareness and bring light to forgotten, and sometimes invisible, illnesses.
-Highlight the importance of environmental health, and the impacts the environment has on personal health