Wellbeing Ambassadors are U of I students who are helping to build a community of hope, help, and strength on campus.
Interested in becoming an Ambassador? Any student who would like to connect to others and help to build resilience on campus is welcome and encouraged to register to join the team! We accept students of all majors and years. No experience necessary, all Wellbeing Ambassadors will be trained in Sources of Strength.
With the guidance and support of staff, students shape all of our initiatives and projects! Engage in one of our working groups to help us spread the word and engage your peers! Learn more about Wellbeing Ambassadors, nominate students, and register below.
About the Wellbeing Ambassador Program
A wellbeing ambassador promotes hope, help, and strength by:
- Being a healthy role models and good stewards of information
- Collaborating with mentors and peers
- Developing and distributing awareness or norming campaigns and
- Co-facilitating programs for peer groups
Ambassadors shape the direction of the work we do. All projects that have been done have been created and developed by wellbeing ambassadors. From displays, to the What Helps Us Map, to our social media, students have made these efforts possible! Want to see another activity, campaign component, or way to connect? Join us and share your ideas!
Wellbeing Ambassadors meet for one hour every two weeks. We stay in touch using teams in between meeting times. Upon registration, you will be added to the team and connected to a working group.
Working groups are groups of students focusing on a specific method of connection to students. We currently have two working groups: Art & Display and Social Media. Students also facilitate Connecting U & I Workshops that provide an overview of the sources of strength concepts.
Art & Display works to use creativity to create displays across campus that students can engage with to talk about our strengths. This group developed the What Helps Us Map as well as updates our display case in the Student Recreation Center.
Social Media works to create an interactive virtual space for students to connect and share their strengths. Posts talk about the various strengths, tips for how to check-in on our mental health, introduce our Wellbeing Ambassadors, and more.
All ambassadors are welcome to be trained to provide the Connecting U & I workshop and can sign up to facilitate requested workshops as they are scheduled.
This work intersects largely with the work that the Ambassadors do. We have opportunities to be involved in Vandals for Recovery Coffee Hours, connection building for students in or seeking recovery, or to do work around alcohol harm reduction. To let us know you are interested in this, choose one of these tracks upon registration.
Sources of Strength
Family support can help us through tough times: whether related by blood or choice, these are the people who support, nurture and care for us.Connect with Family
Positive friends lift us up, make us laugh, are honest with us, and are there for us when we need them. We can get connected through mutual interests or activities on campus.Get Connected
A mentor is an experience person who shares their insight to help guide us, and help us draw on our own strengths to be the best version of ourselves.Find a Mentor
When we feel stressed, Healthy Activities, whether they are social, physical, or emotional – help us unwind, lift our mood, and gain clarity.Browse Activities
Generosity can look a lot of different ways, from donating money or time, to being intentionally kind too other people. These acts of kindness towards others, big or small , can make an impact on how we feel about ourselves.Volunteer
Spirituality is practiced many different ways, but at its core we consider it what gives us a sense of purpose and connection in our spirit.Explore Resources
When we are injured, we don’t have to stay in pain. Physical and social/emotional pain are often integrated and it’s important to take care of our bodies, hearts, and minds.Get Active
Mental Health is about getting the support we need and deserve to help us when we are struggling.Find Support
What Helps Us Map
Check out places that help the Wellbeing Ambassadors build their strengths, relax and enjoy campus!View the Map