Welcome to the Wellness Program! This schedule (seminar details below) will be updated throughout the year. For more information, or if you have suggestions for a workshop or event that might be credit-worthy, please contact Katie.Sawyer@colby.edu.
  • See Wellness Requirement Policy for full requirement details and deadlines.
  • Sexual Violence Prevention training must be completed by November 8 to select Spring 2018 classes.
  • Four Wellness Seminars (below) must be completed by first-years to select Fall 2018 classes in April. (Most other students must complete the requirement before selecting Spring 2018 classes in November.)
  • To receive credit, your ID card must be scanned at the end of the seminar; for smaller workshops only, you must sign the attendance sheet.
  • If a seminar you attend is not applied to your Distribution Checklist, please contact Valerie Sirois, Associate Registrar within one week of the event.

Monday, November 20, 7:30-9:30pm, Page Commons;
“Movies for Mental Health”

Movies for Mental Health is a workshop that focuses on empowering young adults, educators, health professionals and community members to gain a better understanding of mental health within their environment. Film will be used to engage students on the vital topic of mental health, inspiring and empowering them to tell their own stories and access resources available to them. There will be small group discussions and a panel at the end.

Monday, December 4, 7:30pm, Lovejoy 103;
“Sex Ed 101”

Did you get good sex education in high school? Do you know nothing about how sex works but want to? Do you just love sex and want to know more about it? People arrive at college with varying levels of experience with sex and sex education, so this workshop will cover the basics while remaining interesting to those who already have a solid foundation. The goal of this Sex Ed 101 workshop is to bring small groups together in a comfortable setting to talk about sex and share the resources that can facilitate safe and fun experiences. We will talk about anatomy, contraceptives, STIs, and several other important topics. After going through this peer-led workshop, students will have the tools to make informed decisions about sex and the resources to engage further around the topic. Space in this session is limited to 20 people, please contact Eileen Hopf Emily.Hopf@colby.edu or Emily Schusterbauer Emily.Schusterbauer@colby.edu to reserve a spot.

Wednesday, January 10, 7:30-8:30pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“AIDS, Love & Staying Alive” with Scott Fried

Internationally celebrated HIV/AIDS educator, motivational speaker and annual guest lecturer at Colby College, Scott Fried, will change the way you think about your life. Come hear his story as he celebrates his 30th year of living with HIV and be inspired by some of the many lessons he has learned along the way. Some topics include living a life of contradiction, the power of authenticity and vulnerability, the value of unhappiness, the wisdom of gratitude and the qualities of mercy. In addition, you’ll learn about safer sex and consent on campus, as well as new HIV/AIDS information like TasP, PEP and PrEP. In the words of one Colby student, “I cannot even begin to tell you how you moved and touched my soul.” You’ll thank yourself for coming.

Tuesday, February 13, 7:30pm, Lovejoy 103;
“Sex Ed 101”

Did you get good sex education in high school? Do you know nothing about how sex works but want to? Do you just love sex and want to know more about it? People arrive at college with varying levels of experience with sex and sex education, so this workshop will cover the basics while remaining interesting to those who already have a solid foundation. The goal of this Sex Ed 101 workshop is to bring small groups together in a comfortable setting to talk about sex and share the resources that can facilitate safe and fun experiences. We will talk about anatomy, contraceptives, STIs, and several other important topics. After going through this peer-led workshop, students will have the tools to make informed decisions about sex and the resources to engage further around the topic. Space in this sessions is limited to 20 people, please contact Eileen Hopf Emily.Hopf@colby.edu or Emily Schusterbauer Emily.Schusterbauer@colby.edu to reserve a spot.

Monday, March 12, 7:30pm, Lovejoy 103;
“Sex Ed 101”

Did you get good sex education in high school? Do you know nothing about how sex works but want to? Do you just love sex and want to know more about it? People arrive at college with varying levels of experience with sex and sex education, so this workshop will cover the basics while remaining interesting to those who already have a solid foundation. The goal of this Sex Ed 101 workshop is to bring small groups together in a comfortable setting to talk about sex and share the resources that can facilitate safe and fun experiences. We will talk about anatomy, contraceptives, STIs, and several other important topics. After going through this peer-led workshop, students will have the tools to make informed decisions about sex and the resources to engage further around the topic. Space in these session is limited to 20 people, please contact Eileen Hopf Emily.Hopf@colby.edu or Emily Schusterbauer Emily.Schusterbauer@colby.edu to reserve a spot.

Thursday, March 15, 7:30-9:30pm, Strider Theater;
The Wonderful World of Dissocia”

Anthony Neilson’s colorful modern play sends its main character, Lisa Jones, on a journey to a curious land unlike any place else. There she discovers that nothing is as it seems. CREDIT AVAILABLE FOR THIS SHOWING ONLY. As capacity is limited, attendees are strongly recommended to reserve a ticket through the Theater and Dance website, beginning December 1, 2017.

Tuesday, April 3, 7:30pm, Lovejoy 103;
“Sex Ed 101”

Did you get good sex education in high school? Do you know nothing about how sex works but want to? Do you just love sex and want to know more about it? People arrive at college with varying levels of experience with sex and sex education, so this workshop will cover the basics while remaining interesting to those who already have a solid foundation. The goal of this Sex Ed 101 workshop is to bring small groups together in a comfortable setting to talk about sex and share the resources that can facilitate safe and fun experiences. We will talk about anatomy, contraceptives, STIs, and several other important topics. After going through this peer-led workshop, students will have the tools to make informed decisions about sex and the resources to engage further around the topic. Space in thi sessions is limited to 20 people, please contact Eileen Hopf Emily.Hopf@colby.edu or Emily Schusterbauer Emily.Schusterbauer@colby.edu to reserve a spot.


*Updated November 17, 2017*


Past Seminars 2017-18

REGISTRATION CLOSED – Wednesday, September 13, 4-5pm, meet in Pulver;
“Explore Your Local Woods” with Colby’s Director of Outdoor Education, Ryan Linehan

We will explore the local trails right outside your residence halls. Students will gain knowledge of the local trail systems and receive a packet of information unlocking a wide variety of local day hikes you can enjoy all year long. Class size is limited. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/3pwf4Dr9a1VuwpWl1

Thursday, September 14, 7:30-9:00pm, Smith Robbins Room, Roberts;
“Man Up” and Open Up: Athletics and Masculinity as Cultural Change Agents”

How can we use the transformative power of sport as a way to look at, and possibly change, our communities? How can we amplify the healthy voices within all genders, but especially men, to end sexual violence? Drawing from his experience as an athlete at Colby, co-founder of Mules Against Violence, and now as a coach and educator, Eric Barthold ‘12 sets out to answer these questions through dialogue. In this workshop, he sparks peer-to-peer conversations about masculinity and sexual violence and rethink how we can create social change at Colby and across the country.

Tuesday, September 26, 8:00pm, Page Commons;
“Confronting Ourselves: Promoting Diversity, Cultural Competence, and Inclusive Excellence through Community Building”

Dr. Derek Greenfield is a visionary speaker, consultant, and thought leader dedicated to inclusive excellence and positive change. With his dynamic and interactive approach, creative ideas, track record of success, and sense of humor, Dr. Greenfield has become a highly requested presenter across the globe. His powerful keynotes and workshops on issues such as diversity and inclusion, motivation, team building, student development, innovative pedagogy, and hip-hop culture have been featured at a wide range of conferences, companies, and colleges, including McDonald’s Corporation, NCAA, International Conference on Cultural Diversity, Hilton Hotels, MIT, Progress Energy and the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks.

REGISTRATION CLOSED – Thursday, September 28, 4-5pm, meet in Pulver;
“Explore Your Local Woods” with Colby’s Director of Outdoor Education, Ryan Linehan

We will explore the local trails right outside your residence halls. Students will gain knowledge of the local trail systems and receive a packet of information unlocking a wide variety of local day hikes you can enjoy all year long. Class size is limited. Please register your interest at https://goo.gl/forms/vXIVp8E1qP83FsXw1

Thursday, October 5, 7:30pm, Lovejoy 103;
“Sex Ed 101”

Did you get good sex education in high school? Do you know nothing about how sex works but want to? Do you just love sex and want to know more about it? People arrive at college with varying levels of experience with sex and sex education, so this workshop will cover the basics while remaining interesting to those who already have a solid foundation. The goal of this Sex Ed 101 workshop is to bring small groups together in a comfortable setting to talk about sex and share the resources that can facilitate safe and fun experiences. We will talk about anatomy, contraceptives, STIs, and several other important topics. After going through this peer-led workshop, students will have the tools to make informed decisions about sex and the resources to engage further around the topic. Space in this session is limited to 20 people, please contact Eileen Hopf Eileen.Hopf@colby.edu or Emily Schusterbauer Emily.Schusterbauer@colby.edu to reserve a spot.

Monday, October 9, 7:30pm, Given Auditorium;
“Food and Mood: A Complementary Stress Management Approach” with Alfonso Ortega, PhD, Colby Counseling Services

Participants will learn and understand how the foods we eat affect our emotional and mental well-being. Topics discussed will include: food as medicine, and the role of diet and brain function; exploring the evidence and research; and general eating guidelines to manage stress.

Wednesday, October 25, 7:30pm, Page Commons;
“From Friendship to Foreplay: Navigating the Minefield of the First Year Experience”

You want to make responsible choices, but you also want to make friends, find a place to belong and put yourself on a path to success. There are a ton of once-in-a-lifetime experiences that make college so special, but it’s not going to be easy every step of the way. In From Friendship to Foreplay, Andrea will share positive messages about the emotional, spiritual, social and intellectual impact of relationships. In a society that emphasizes what we are lacking, come learn the vital strategies that will help you form not only healthy and happy relationships with others but also a healthy relationship with yourself.

Wednesday, November 1, 7:30pm, Lovejoy 103;
“Sex Ed 101”

Did you get good sex education in high school? Do you know nothing about how sex works but want to? Do you just love sex and want to know more about it? People arrive at college with varying levels of experience with sex and sex education, so this workshop will cover the basics while remaining interesting to those who already have a solid foundation. The goal of this Sex Ed 101 workshop is to bring small groups together in a comfortable setting to talk about sex and share the resources that can facilitate safe and fun experiences. We will talk about anatomy, contraceptives, STIs, and several other important topics. After going through this peer-led workshop, students will have the tools to make informed decisions about sex and the resources to engage further around the topic. Space in this session is limited to 20 people, please contact Eileen Hopf Emily.Hopf@colby.edu or Emily Schusterbauer Emily.Schusterbauer@colby.edu to reserve a spot.

REGISTRATION CLOSED – Tuesday, November 7, 7-8pm, Rose Chapel;
“Introduction to Meditation” with Jing Ye

Meditation has been proven to enhance relaxation and overall well being. This experiential workshop will introduce basic technique and provide the opportunity to begin a practice of mindfulness. Class size is limited. Please register your interest at: https://goo.gl/forms/ZvS6t9ED1PBQqxof2.

Thursday, November 8, 8:00pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
“Mental Health Narratives”

Sponsored by SHOC, Mental Health Narratives features the reading of anonymous stories written by Colby students about their experiences with mental illness. Each year, Colby students are asked to submit their stories related to mental health. Although students can read their own stories, they also have the option to remain anonymous.

Wednesday, November 15, 7:30-8:30pm, Page Commons;
“Don’t Be a Duck: Everyone Has Something” with Michelle Boucher

Michelle Boucher is a 2017 graduate of Colby whose college experiences taught her important lessons about vulnerability and empathy. A first generation college student from Maine who “had it all together” before Colby, she talks of her personal and mental health struggles and challenges throughout college and uses them to leverage an understanding that everybody struggles from time to time. Through stories, humor, and excerpts of some of the speeches she gave at Colby, she encourages a culture of empathy and urges her audience to remember that we should always treat others with kindness.