While living on The Commons, first-year students learn to understand and utilize the skills necessary for healthy physical, psychological, and sexual well-being.
From identifying peer mentors and resources—such as resident advisers and student VUceptors—to participating in discourse with community members regarding healthy living, first-year students learn to engage in practices of self-care, and then initiate programming focused on these topics. For example, the dean of The Ingram Commons frequently hosts guided meditation sessions both on The Ingram Commons as well as at the Center for Student Wellbeing with the goal of helping students practice mindfulness and apply those principles to their own self-care routines.
Personal well-being also extends to campus partnerships with other resources, including the Student Care Network (a holistic network of services and resources pertaining to health and wellness for Vanderbilt students, which includes the Office for Student Care Coordination, the Center for Student Wellbeing, the Student Health Center, and the University Counseling Center), Vanderbilt University Police Department (download the SafeVU app), Project Safe, and the Office of Housing and Residential Education. Through these partnerships, students further their understanding of developing personal resilience and sustainable practices of healthy living.
"The Ingram Commons is the perfect place to make the transition to Vandy and college life. Each staff member, faculty head of house and each member of the RA staff are welcoming and available with whatever support a new student may need. The structure of The Ingram Commons helps foster new relationships and provide first-year students with a close-knit "family” they can rely on. As a first-year, I was grateful for this community and felt that I never had to leave the walls of my house to find the care that I needed."
—Shelby Wohlschlaeger, '21, Stambaugh House PR Chair