History of Well-Being at Mason

George Mason Statue. Photo by: Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason University

Building the Well-Being Foundation

Mason has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the science and practice of well-being: In 2005, the university offered the first undergraduate course on the science of well-being; in 2006, a number of unit–including student affairs, human resources, academic colleges, and programs–adopted the Clifton Strengths Assessment, and in 2010, Mason and The Gallup Organization hosted a regional higher education conference on strengths education. The Center for the Advancement of Well-Being (formerly the Center for Consciousness & Transformation) was established in 2009 with a generous gift from the de Laski Family Foundation. The center introduced many well-being resources and programs for the Mason community and beyond. Today, in addition to creating and maintaining it programs, the center supports a comprehensive set of university-wide well-being programs and activities.

A Long-Term Commitment to Well-Being

In 2013, Mason’s Board of Visitors approved a new strategic plan. Of the plan’s 12 goals, one addresses well-being in particular: Goal #7: Well-Being: Become a model well-being university that allows all of its members to thrive. As part of this goal, the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being and its partners took on the mission to “… provide a focal point for our efforts and a source of innovation and energy in promoting positive change.”