History of Well-Being at Mason

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 Gallup’s StrengthsFinder 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. Each year, Executive Director Nance Lucas convenes the Well-Being University Learning Community, a group of Mason community members dedicated to providing common learning experiences for its members while shaping the agenda of Mason’s Well-Being University initiative.

A Long-Term Commitment to Well-Being

In 2013, Mason’s Board of Visitors approved a new strategic plan. Of the plan’s twelve 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–along with the Well-Being Learning Community– took on the mission to “…provide a focal point for our efforts and a source of innovation and energy in promoting positive change.”