Campus Health and Wellbeing has partnered with AmeriCorps CSU STEM VISTA to create Engineering Wellness programming to promote and aid in the health and wellness of our community.
Who we are: The Engineering Wellness Coordinator, Amy Albinus, is actively involved in the promotion of initiatives that aim to promote overall well-being and a community culture of resilience.
Our Mission: to generate an Engineering culture of physical and mental wellbeing, collaboration across campus, belonging, and resilience.
Our 2020-2021 Goals:
What is “wellness”?
Health care is all about treating illness, disease, or an injury after one becomes afflicted. On the contrary, wellness is about preventing it from happening in the first place. Wellness represents a shift toward encouraging preventive medicine, health risk reduction, and positive behaviors. It has an emphasis on early intervention to improve lifestyle before a serious health crisis occurs.
History of Engineering Wellness at Cal Poly
In 2019, the first CSU STEM VISTA to be involved with Engineering Wellness, Christian Jenkins, began meeting with faculty and students at Cal Poly to listen to their needs and start the initial work building the infrastructure for more wellness messaging and programming within the College of Engineering at Cal Poly. Part of this groundwork included finding faculty on campus who were already doing this important work and connecting those individuals in order to form a stronger and united coalition that cares deeply about the protecting and nurturing the mental health of their students, as well as students’ academic success on campus. In 2020, Amy Albinus, the 2nd AmeriCorps VISTA in this role, began her work on campus picking up where Christine left off to organize and facilitate an Engineering Advisory Committee, which meets once per quarter to discuss student needs in CENG. This committee is a space to hear student voices, reflect on findings from emerging research and focus groups, and to bring passionate and interdisciplinary voices to addressing the widespread topic of mental health and wellness within the College of Engineering, especially during the COVID19 pandemic.
We want to recognize the committed and devoted faculty who go above and beyond to not only teach their students, but who also remind students that their mental health is a priority, it’s okay to take breaks, and it’s okay to ask for help. Thank you to these outstanding individuals who have changed the lives of many Cal Poly students, in leading by example and promoting wellness on Cal Poly’s campus.
Dedicated Engineering Wellness Advisory Committee Faculty
Affiliated Clubs & Student Orgs
Want to get you or your organization involved with the Engineering Wellness Program? Schedule a virtual appointment with current Engineering Wellness Coordinator, Amy Albinus or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.