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Residential Well-Being

Residential Well-Being

Student Affairs is laying the groundwork for an innovative residential model that promotes well-being, student success, and inclusion – transforming on-campus living and making higher education a catalyst for cultural change.

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Residential Well-Being is for today's students—whether you are a current student or a future Hokie! Our design is creative and responsive, meeting the needs of a student’s mental, emotional, and social well-being.

A full spectrum of student-facing departments will be incorporated into the residential experience—integrating a student’s living experience with Hokie Wellness and creating strong partnerships with Student Affairs’ Chief Inclusion and Belonging Officer, Cook Counseling Center, the Dean of Students, Living-Learning Programs, Housing Services, Learning Partnerships, and other departments across Student Affairs. The goal is an inclusive residential environment where all Hokies thrive.

Why Residential Well-Being?

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Students spend more time in a residence hall than anywhere else on campus and we understand that the campus residential environment has an enormous impact on students. The habits, patterns, and relationships formed during the first year can significantly influence the trajectory of a student’s success.

Our Commitment to Mental Wellness through Embedded Counselors

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Our innovative, embedded counselor model emphasizes well-being and inclusion. Five counselors will live on-site and champion a culture of well-being that normalizes help-seeking behaviors, provides opportunities for students to learn strategies to build resilience, and supports students in crisis.