In a Chapman “State of Mind”

As we embark upon the start of the academic year at Chapman and resume in-person learning and living, I feel the mix of excitement and apprehension on campus.

As the Director of Wellbeing, I’m committed to advance programs and resources to foster the resilience and long-term wellbeing of our students and campus community.

Whether you’re a new or returning student to Chapman, it’s inevitable that customs and habits that you used to enjoy—or merely took for granted—may challenge you. New norms will become prevalent in how and when we interact with others. We will also face new stressors following the global pandemic as we integrate back into campus and society that may threaten what I call our “re-humanization process”.

I wonder if you’ve experienced or can relate to any of the following issues over the past few months that possibly disrupt your ability to re-humanize.

  • A deep longing for belonging and inclusion,
  • A feeling of hopelessness and loneliness,
  • A need for direction in coping with trauma, grief, injustice, and loss,
  • Support to make sense of an overall feeling for lack of meaning, narrative, and purpose.

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