Here at Cal State Long Beach, inclusivity is in our DNA. Regardless of background, experience, ability, belief or identity, we embrace the differences – the diversity – that make us who we are as a university. I continue feeling Beach Pride because we are committed to not only welcoming everyone, but also to ensuring that The Beach is a place that is sustainable and healthy.
This year’s Week of Wellness comes in the midst of one of the most challenging public health crises in recent history. The COVID-19 pandemic has touched everyone in some way, and some in The Beach community have been hit harder than others. Recently, we reported that more than 20 students tested positive – none were hospitalized; and all of our on-campus residents are currently quarantined. And as you know, we have closed the campus to all but essential personnel and activities since March. The pandemic continues to be one of the greatest challenges we have faced, but I believe that careful planning, hard work and our OneBeach approach continue to help us move forward.
CSULB has a long history of supporting community members facing difficult challenges.This includes matters of mental health – a significant issue in other times, and even more daunting now during quarantines/lockdowns. For many, inactivity, isolation and a lack of mental health support has made situations even more difficult for college students who seek help with mental-health issues. I am proud that we have long-recognized the essential role of health and wellness promotion in ensuring academic and life success, and we remain committed to taking doing all we can to support the physical and mental health of our students.
Wellness Week runs Monday, October 12th through Friday, October 16th. I encourage you to look into the activities and participate. The week’s highlights – both timely – include drive-through flu shot clinic on Tuesday (10/13) and a COVID-19 Campus Update on Wednesday (10/14). Click here for a schedule of activities and more information.
I want to thank Associate Vice President for Health and Wellness Dr. Mary Ann Takemoto and her team for their strong leadership in this effort.
In keeping with the OneBeach spirit, I encourage every member of our campus community to make sure all members of our Beach family feel cared for and supported. Wellness Week is an opportunity for us to learn more about how we can be at our best as well as how we can help others thrive.
Let’s create a healthier Beach!
Jane Close Conoley, PhD
California State University, Long Beach