The Okanagan Charter , an International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges (2015), was created through collaboration of researchers, practitioners, administrators, students and policy makers from 45 countries. It provides institutions with a common language, principles and framework to become a “health and well-being promoting campus”. The Charter serves as a guide for the President’s Council for Campus Well-Being and outlines two Calls to Action:
- To embed health into all aspects of campus culture, across the administration, operations and academic mandates;
- To lead health promotion action and collaboration locally and globally.
A Campus of Well-being
NDSU’s President’s Council for Campus Well-being (PCCW) diagram highlights students, faculty and staff as central to leading and informing actions regarding a campus of well-being while contributing and supporting both individual components of well-being (Safety, Mental Health, Physical Health, Personal Development) and foundational components of well-being (Community, Policies, Environments, Knowledge) ensuring that well-being is embedded at all levels of the university.
The well-being relationship between individuals, the institution and community are interdependent. All components of well-being are interrelated – none of them can be addressed in isolation.