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Showcase Schools Conference 2020


George Mason University, USA

Public, Research 1 University

George Mason University/Center for the Advancement of Well-Being has as one of its 12 strategic goals in its 10-year plan to evolve as a model well-being university.  This strategic initiative has both grass-level and senior leadership support.  Our efforts are aimed at embedding well-being so that its in the DNA of the university. Mason has academic minors, coursework, thematic residential experiences, co-curricular learning activities, research projects, and programs for faculty and staff focused on the science and practices of well-being.

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Nance Lucas, Executive Director & Chief Well-Being Officer, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being

Dr. Nance Lucas is Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies in the School of Integrative Studies and former Associate Dean of the School of Integrative Studies (formerly New Century College) at George Mason University.  Her teaching and scholarship passions focus on the intersections of science and applications of leadership and well-being.  She is co-author of Exploring Leadership: For College Students Who Want to Make A Difference (1st, 2nd,  & 3rd  editions), a best-selling book of Jossey-Bass Publishers. At Mason, she is the co-founder of the Mason Institute for Leadership Excellence (MILE), the Leadership Legacy Program, and MasonLeads while also serving as the senior leadership scholar of the Leadership Legacy Program.  She leads Mason’s well-being university initiative in collaboration with colleagues across the institution, while also leading global and national efforts to advance human flourishing and organizational well-being. 

>Presentation: Thriving Together:  George Mason University’s Comprehensive Approach to Well-Being

We have an opportunity in higher education create and sustain educational environments where students can fully examine what it means to thrive and have lives well-lived.  When universities commit to increasing students’ well-being, they are preparing them to address real world challenges with a deeper sense of compassion and connection to others in an integrated and diverse world.  This commitment includes the holistic education of our students with a connection to learning, engagement, and the development of an integrated self.  This presentation examines how George Mason University made well-being a core community commitment along with best practices and lessons learned.

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