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President’s Council focuses on campus well-being

NDSU’s President’s Council for Campus Well-Being has reached another milestone in broadening its mission. It has established teams within the council to identify and execute projects to achieve strategic goals. 

The five priority areas and outcomes are: 

1. Physical health: NDSU is supported by infrastructure that promotes physical and environmental health.

2. Mental health: NDSU is a campus community where members are mentally and emotionally healthy, resilient, self-aware and supported. 

3. Substance use: NDSU supports healthy decisions related to substance use. 

4. Social well-being: NDSU is a vibrant community where members are engaged, have fun, have healthy relationships and respect others. 

5. Safety: NDSU is a campus community where members feel safe physically, emotionally and environmentally. 

The council was previously known as the President’s Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs. It was established in 2007 to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol and other drug misuse for individuals, the campus and broader community. 

In 2017, the name changed and the mission broadened to be more holistic. The updated purpose is to support the academic mission of the university by increasing and sustaining all aspects of campus well-being. 

The council includes 44 members who are students, staff and faculty members, with a variety of expertise. It is co-chaired by Laura Oster-Aaland, vice provost for student affairs and enrollment management, and Matt Larson, athletic director. 

Next steps for the council include further development of project work groups for each focus area. Visit the website to learn more and view the full strategic plan. 

If you want to get involved or learn more, contact Emily Hegg at

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