Mini-Grants to Support Student Wellness

Winter 2023 Awardees

Congrats to our Mini-Grant recipents. Thank you to everyone who submitted an application and to Sean Woolf, Dean of Students Office, for all his work and collaboration on this initiative. Student smiling at camera while working on board

Ann Blakeslee, Hollie Hills, Bill Teepan, Carissa Mares, David Boeving, and Melissa Brooks-Yip: Writing Toward Wellness

John Palladino: A Doggone Good Idea: A Paws-ative Wellness Intervention for the College Classroom

Zuzana Tomaš: Guiding Teacher Candidates to integrate Academics and Wellness (Coursework and Service-learning with English Learners)

Kelly Grossmann Getz, Sarah Fabian, Kathie Mason: Reading for the Fun of It

Lolita Cummings: Addressing Student Mental Health Through Random Acts of Kindness and Self-Care

Debra Gombert and Laura Pawuk: Present in My Music

Audrey Farrugia: CSD Snapshots: The Intersection of my Culture and Profession

Julia Burkhardt and Jodi Schumacher: Be Mindful of Burnout: Raising Awareness and Promoting Prevention


Over the course of the last couple of years we have observed some students doing exceptionally well despite the pandemic and other stresses, but we can do more to help those who struggle. Even the smallest things can help make a big difference. To this end, the Faculty Development Center and the Office of Wellness and Community Responsibility provided funding to EMU community members who sought to support student wellness in their classroom through their teaching work. Recipients of this funding received up to $250 to introduce practices into their classroom during the winter 2023 term to support student wellness with a goal of sharing these innovations campus-wide.

Applications for this funding were judged based on (1) the quality of the idea; (2) the proposals’ plan to evaluate the impact of the innovation; and (3) the ability of the idea to be scaled up to work for larger numbers of students in different classes.  Applicants of this funding are expected to share results of their innovation, perhaps on the FDC website, in the FDC blog, and/or at future CONNECT or New Beginnings conferences.  They are also encouraged to share their ideas outside EMU, in conference presentations or publications. For more information on the Mini-Grants to Support Student Wellness, please read our Call for Applications

We intend to offer this program again during the Winter 2023 semester for initiatives to be implemented in the Summer or Fall of 2023.  Please stay tuned for more information. 

The FDC and the Dean of Students Office is looking for friends willing to financially support our Student Wellness Mini-Grants! To make a gift click here.

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions about this mini-grant program.