Wellness at Harvard

Category Student Voices


Kathleen, HFGP Coordinator
Kathleen Class of '24
Authored on October 17, 2022


When you think of college students, you may picture stressed, sleep-deprived 20-year-olds who function only on coffee and energy drinks.

While everyone can probably remember a time when this applied to them (including me), Harvard offers resources to help combat this stress + no-sleep bandwagon, especially for students. In fact, Harvard offers resources that target all eight facets of wellbeing

As part of Harvard’s Center for Wellness and Health Promotion, Wellness Educators (dearly nicknamed WEs) are an undergraduate peer education group that engages the Harvard College community in health promotion and helps cultivate all aspects of student health and wellbeing.

Wellness Educators Logo with green background and white text saying "wellness educators"

As you may have guessed, I'm a Wellness Educator! I've been with the group for about two years, and we do all kinds of stuff related to wellness. We distribute safer-sex supplies and sleep kits through pop-up events around campus, provide funding for substantial food and non-alcoholic beverages at parties through the WISP Party Grant program, and host fun workshops to support health and wellbeing! Some of our past events include workshops on using lube and making delicious mocktails, along with educational campaigns about psychedelics and cannabis. We are also trained broadly so that if students need help accessing resources or services through Harvard's health services, we can point them in the right direction.

Picture of writer and another WE at their stall in the activities fair

Me and another WE recruiting new members at the activities fair this fall! Sydney McCartin

But there’s more to wellness at Harvard than the Wellness Educators! The Center for Wellness and Health Promotion (CWHP) themselves are a resource for Harvard students. The CWHP offers numerous services like massages, acupuncture, yoga, meditation, and Pilates for Harvard affiliates! The center's health educators also host workshops on reducing stress, improving sleep, meditation, mindfulness, and sexual health. 

A sign stating "center for wellness" at the Harvard University Health Services

The Center for Wellness & Health Promotion at Harvard.

The office is located in the Smith Campus Center.

There are also wellness resources that are accessible in the dorms of Harvard students! Each of the Houses (Harvard slang for upperclassmen dorms) has what are called Wellness Tutors. These are typically graduate students who are essentially resources that students can go to for matters relating to wellness. Each House does wellness a little differently, and my House, Mather House, actually has a whole corner dedicated to wellness! Our wellness corner is made up of the Tranquility Room and Aerobics rooms. In the words of one of our wellness tutors:

“The Wellness Corner deepens our commitment at Mather to student wellness across all dimensions of wellbeing, whether physical, emotional, spiritual, or relational. The new spaces have been designed to be containers for expansive understandings of movement and mindfulness."

Picture of Mather aerobics room with yoga mats and exercise equipment

The Mather aerobics room

A picture of Mather tranquility room with beanbags

The Mather tranquility room.

The resources at Harvard dedicated to student wellness and wellbeing are numerous! It brings me joy to be part of this system of resources that are all committed to maintaining the health of our Harvard community. 



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Kathleen Class of '24

Hello! My name is Kathleen, and I’m a senior concentrating in Molecular and Cellular Biology on the pre-med track. I’m currently living in Mather House (the best house!), but growing up I lived in both the beautiful states of Montana and Texas

Kathleen, HFGP Coordinator