Wellbeing Ambassadors are students who are passionate about promoting a culture where they and their peers can prioritize their wellbeing. The WAs strive to create environments where they and their peers can care for their minds and bodies, build and foster relationships, and clarify a sense of purpose. Working closely with administrators and other student organizations, WAs are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and resources to impact the culture of wellbeing in their local MIT communities (i.e. residence halls and FSILGs, student groups, athletic teams, and academic departments) and the broader MIT community.
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What Do the WAs Do?
Wellbeing Ambassadors promote a culture of wellbeing by:
- Providing supplies and resources for their peers to care for their overall wellbeing. Just as MedLinks are incredibly helpful resources when students need first aid supplies, Wellbeing Ambassadors have an inventory of supplies to help students care for their overall wellbeing. Would a face mask or earplugs help you get a better night of sleep? Wellbeing Ambassadors can help you with that! Would some activities like coloring pages, a journal, or stress balls help you alleviate some stress? They can help you with that too!
- Serving as a reliable resource for their peers on topics related to wellbeing and support. In general, this includes being knowledgeable of resources and policies related to support and wellbeing, helping to develop and spread messages that promote wellbeing, and being able to help peers when they have questions about support and wellbeing at MIT.
- Learning about and reflecting on their own wellbeing. Through consistent training opportunities, the WAs engage in conversations and learning opportunities to explore their own wellbeing.
Smaller teams of WAs in leadership roles also:
- Planning wellbeing-focused events for the MIT community. WAs can receive funds from the Office of Student Wellbeing to put on events, study breaks, office hours, larger events for the MIT community, or tabling efforts to engage with the MIT community.
- Contributing to communication campaigns focused on wellbeing and health promotion. Another branch of the Wellbeing Ambassadors works on communications and marketing efforts, including graphic design, communication campaign drafting, and working with the OSW team to develop communication efforts.
Wellbeing Ambassadors will have one meeting a week with the team. Beyond that, the time commitment for being a WA is based on any leadership role(s) a student accepts in the organization.
Wellbeing Ambassador Interest Form
If you want to learn more about the program, you can fill out the WA Interest Form. There is no commitment after submitting this form; however, the form will gather general interest (is not a formal application to the program).
Past Work From the WAs
Wellbeing Ambassadors will be able to utilize their own creativity and knowledge of their communities to advance wellbeing. The Office of Student Wellbeing can help provide students with guidance and resources to make their initiatives successful. Some examples of activities and initiatives that Wellbeing Ambassadors have coordinated in the past are:
- Wellbeing Fair open to all community members to explore the pillars of wellbeing at MIT
- Study breaks to support peers’ wellbeing
- Content for newsletters and websites
- Public health campaign messages for your residence hall (like these public health posters developed by Wellbeing Ambassadors in the fall of 2020!)
- Weekly office hours to chat with peers about wellbeing
- Collaborate with other WAs to host events to bring different communities together
- Communications to help students access campus resources