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The Social Dilemma

MLK waves overlaying the Million Man March in D.C. Text overlay reads UNC MLK Week of Celebration. "Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."

Maintaining physical, spiritual, mental and social wellness alongside academic responsibilities.... in the middle a pandemic. Whewwww. This is a lot to manage, especially while trying to make friends, and connect with other Tar Heels.

We know getting together while being apart is hard, but social connections are an important key to happiness and well-being.

Try taking a small step everyday to expand your individual social wellness that also allows you to stay safe and well.

We know this can be challenging, so we are here to help by providing a number of low risk activities to increase overall wellbeing and help to create stronger connections in your community.

This week try a number of ways to create a routine or schedule that incorporates a variety of social activities everyday.

  • Catch up daily - Plan to call, chat, txt or zoom for some human interaction daily.

  • Eat together - Spend your lunch catching up with an old friend or attending a virtual event.

  • Engage with the outdoors- moving your body, while having conversation has shown to have significant effects on reducing stress levels.

  • Reach out to new people- who express similar outlooks and interests in your classes and school groups will help in fostering new relationships.

  • Send someone a direct message - message a classmate after you enjoyed what they shared, reaching out to someone privately in your GroupMe chats and asking to schedule a zoom coffee date, or social distance walk.

  • Get involved in a student group- this week of welcome is a great time to explore the variety of student groups on campus and find folx with similar interests

Black Lives Matter Sign hangs in downtown Carrboro

Upcoming Social Events & Small Fest

  • Small Fest: Re-imagine the start of the spring semester with a variety of events and opportunities to connect on Heel Life |Monday Jan 25th - Friday Jan 29th at 5pm -6pm

  • Mental Wellbeing Series: Lovin’ Da Crew: Join Healthy Heels and Wellness experts on Instagram live to chat about challenges, barriers and strategies to increase social connections| January 28th at 12pm

  • Virtual Paint Nights: Sign up to paint, relax, have fun, be creative, and social| January 27th at 6pm

  • Virtual Game Nights: Celebrate FWOC with your favorite virtual games | Jan 28th at 7pm

  • SOLR (Student Organization Leadership Retreat): The theme of the retreat is "2020 in Review” - this half-day retreat includes social opportunities and roundtable discussions | Jan 30th at 9am-1pm

Connect through Student Communities

CAPS Support Groups including:

  • Dancing Mindfulness Open to BIPOC students, fusing small group discussion and self-reflection with dance and mindfulness.

  • Brother 2 Brother: A Support Group for Black Men This group gives a space for Black men to support each other through the journey of navigating higher education and life.

  • Empowering Black Women This group provides a safe space for Black women to openly and honestly discuss their experiences to facilitate empowerment and encouragement.

  • Intersections: A QTPOC Support Group This group welcomes all Black, Indigenous and POC students on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum and those who are questioning. The purpose is to value, nurture, respect and celebrate QTPOC students at UNC.

  • We Gon’ Be Alright A space for Black students to gather, share experiences and gain support from one another.

  • Connections: Understanding Self and others this group is a supportive, nurturing and safe environment where everyone works together to move toward their goals by providing encouragement to one another, giving and receiving feedback.

Wellness Community Groups:

  • Sister Talk- This group is designed to increase a sense of belonging, as well as, to give women of color, specifically, Black identified women, the space, tools and resources to successfully navigate UNC-Chapel Hill.

  • P.E.A.C.E. -Processing Emotions and Communicating Effectively: This affinity group provides space for voices and stories to be shared in a safe and welcoming space. The program aims to bridge the gap between Black students and Mental Health resources.

  • R.E.A.L. Talk -Resiliency, Education And Leadership: This group provides a space for BIPOC and male identified individuals engage, develop their sense of belonging, develop their personal agency and develop a growth mindset, develop tools for honing resiliency and grit.

  • Wellbeing Coaching- Staff are available to meet with any student from a general wellbeing perspective providing inclusive coaching. Coaching utilizes practical skills offered for students to support individual self-determination

Navigating College Life as a First-Generation College Student During the Pandemic

Navigating College Life as a First-Generation College Student During the Pandemic

The meeting will include conversation about

  • College success during the pandemic

  • Imposter syndrome

  • Managing family relationships

When: Jan 27, 2021 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register online today!

Health and Wellbeing Services

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