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.barlow@colby.edu.
  • See Wellness Requirement Policy for full requirement details and deadlines.
  • Sexual Violence Prevention training must be completed by November 6 to select Spring 2020 classes.
  • Four Wellness Seminars (below) must be completed by first-years to select Fall 2020 classes in April. (Most other students must complete the requirement before selecting Spring 2020 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.

Various dates (see below);
“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, arousal, contraceptives, STIs, communication 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. Available dates in 2019 are September 16, October 1, November 6, December 3. Available dates in 2020 are January 9, February 6, March 2, April 1, April 7. Space in these sessions is limited to 20 people, please reserve your spot at: Sex Ed 101 seminar registration.

Ongoing online course ;
Cyber Hygiene: ThinkSecure

This self-paced online course provides crucial tips for online security for your academic and personal lives, including use of strong passwords, recognizing scams and viruses, being watchful about links and emails, staying smart with your information storage, and taking proactive steps for protection. Identity theft is devastating — make this long-term investment in your future mental health! Course length is approximately 1 hour and must be fully completed before credit is awarded. Verifications of completion will be uploaded to Distribution Checklists weekly, with a deadline of April 3, 2020. To gain access to this program, please use the link sent directly to your inbox titled, “Colby Cyber Hygiene Spring 2020”, issued from support@colby.edu

Thursday, February 20, 5:15-6:15pm, Page Commons;
The Privileged Poor: An Open Dialogue with Professor and Author Tony Jack

Tony Jack, an Assistant Professor at Harvard and author of The Privileged Poor, Jack—once a low-income, first-generation college student himself—studies how poor students are often failed by the top schools that admit them. Jack’s talk draws on his interviews with 103 undergraduates and two years of observing everyday life at an elite university, to examine how class and culture shape how undergraduates navigate college by exploring the “experiential core of college life,” those too often overlooked moments between getting in and graduating.

Wednesday, February 26, 5:30-7:00pm, Bobby Silberman Lounge;
Burn-Out Prevention: Self-Care, Community-Care, and Sustainable Volunteerism with Kimberly Simmons, PhD

Hosted by CCAK, this session will use social science research to guide an interactive workshop on burn-out prevention, resulting in self-care plans for attendees and new ideas for increasing sustainability in your volunteer work. This training is open to all Colby students.

Saturday, February 29, 12:30-2:00pm, Museum of Art;
HealthRHYTHMS Empowerment Group Drumming

This 1.5 hour program is a fun, interactive activity for all ages. Group drumming is not about performance, and no prior musical experience is required. This is not a drumming lesson, but rather an opportunity to explore one’s personal self communicating through sound, inspired by the Museum collection. Instruments are provided. Class size is limited. Register your interest at: HealthRHYTHMS registration. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

Wednesday, March 18, 4:00-5:00pm, Museum of Art;
Let Art Inspire: Meditation

Jing Ye, meditation teacher and counselor at Colby College will guide you through an hour meditation session inspired by a work in the Museum’s collection. Participants will have a reflective moment post-meditation, informed by bodily sensations and enriched by mind/body connection. Class size is limited. Register your interest at: Let Art Inspire: Meditation registration. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

Tuesday, March 31, 5:30-7:00pm, Bobby Silberman Lounge;
Mentors In the Know with Kathleen Paradis of Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Center

Hosted by CCAK, this session will be discussing responding to disclosures and sexual abuse prevention practices. We will also cover topics such as spotting red flags, developmentally expected vs. potentially problematic sexual behaviors, and reporting abuse. This training is open to all Colby students.

Monday, April 6, 7:30-8:30pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
Failure and Resilience: Faculty and Staff Perspectives

Everybody fails – sometimes spectacularly – but what you choose to do in response to adversity has powerful influence over what happens next. Our distinguished Colby Community faculty and staff panelists will share true stories about their own personal failures and fiascos, along with thoughtful explanations of how they’ve developed and implemented successful strategies to move ahead with their lives. Viewing failure as feedback rather than fate is critical to learning from it. Sponsored by the Dean of Studies Office.

Thursday, April 9, 7:30-8:30pm, Page Commons;
Disability Narratives

As a part of Disability Awareness Week (April 6th- April 10th), the Awareness Committee is hosting a variety of events to bring attention to the disabilities students face every day and how it affects their lives. The Disability Narrative Event is a chance for those who have experienced life with a disability to share their struggles, successes, hardships, and everything in between. Narratives will be read by the authors themselves or anonymously. This eye-opening event will provide powerful insight into life with a disability and create a vision for an authentic, supportive community.

Past Seminars 2019-20

Monday, September 9, 7:30-8:30pm, Olin 001;
Accommodations 101: Access, Wellness and Rethinking Disability

Do you currently use accommodations? Have you used accommodations in high school? Do you manage a health related condition that impacts your living and learning on campus? Are you a disability ally, friend or just interested in learning more about accommodations in college? From available accommodations, the processes for getting accommodations, your rights and responsibilities and most importantly, strategies for self advocacy. Join us to learn from upperclassman about how they’ve been successful, have your questions answered and meet other students committed to increasing access at Colby!

Tuesday, September 17th, 7:30-8:30pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
Crazy Love: From the Ivy League to A Gun at My Head

A year after graduating from Harvard, Leslie Morgan Steiner met and married a man who beat her. Come learn the truth about relationship abuse myths and misconceptions from a woman who’s been there. **Program contains accounts of intimate partner violence. Audience discretion advised.

REGISTRATION CLOSED – Saturday, September 21st, 1:00-2:00pm, Colby Art Museum
Let the Art Inspire: Artful Movements

Artful Movements provides an opportunity to practice a series of gentle yoga poses inspired by artworks in the galleries. Each session will begin with a deeper look at an artwork, followed by movement and meditation with Kathleen Leisure Haberstock of School Street Yoga. All yoga levels are welcome. Yoga mats are provided; attendees are welcome to bring their own. Wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to stretch. This program is part of the Museum’s wellness initiative, Let the Art Inspire, which includes a variety of programs that connect mind, body, and art in innovative ways. Class size is limited. Please register your interest at Let Art Inspire seminar registration. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

Thursday, September 26th or Tuesday, October 1st, 4:00-5:00pm,
“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 Explore Your Local Woods seminar registration. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

Thursday, October 10, 7:30-8:30pm, Page Commons;
“LOVE vs. Fear: The Epic Battle to Love MORE and FearLESS” with Darryl Bellamy, Jr.

In all situations, we have two choices, Love vs. Fear. Because of our upbringing, our deeply held beliefs, and other factors, we sometimes choose fear. We fear those conversations and things that are hard because we might say something wrong or fear those that may look different because we don’t fully understand. Take a more in-depth look at why you choose one or the other and learn how to choose love and understanding more often.

Wednesday, October 16, 3:00-5:00pm, Garrison Foster Second Floor;
Garrison Foster Open House: Get Your Passport to Wellness

Colby SGA invites you to drop by the second floor of Garrison Foster to meet the staff of the Health Center and Counseling Services. Grab a snack and learn more about the services available to you! Students who visit all of the stations in the Open House will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card to the Colby Bookstore. First year students may also swipe their ColbyCard for Wellness credit.

Thursday, October 24, 7:00-9:00pm, Ostrove Auditorium;
Film Screening and Discussion: The Mask You Live In

Join us for a screening and discussion of The Mask You Live In, a 2015 documentary that follows the lives of boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, this documentary’s subjects confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men. Post-screening discussion will be led by trained peer facilitators.

Monday, October 28, 7:30-8:30pm, Page Commons;
Critical Drinking: A Mule’s Journey to Recovery

Join a Colby alumna as she discusses her descent into alcoholism and finding freedom in a life without substances. Learn about the elements of Colby’s culture that supported both a dangerous relationship to alcohol as well as a pathway to recovery.

REGISTRATION CLOSED – Tuesday, October 29th or November 5th, 4:00-5:00pm, 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: Introduction to Meditation seminar registration. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

Wednesday, November 13, 7:30-8:30pm, Page Commons;
Failure and Resilience: Student Perspectives

Everybody fails – sometimes spectacularly – but what you choose to do in response to adversity has powerful influence over what happens next. Our distinguished Colby Community student panelists will share true stories about their own personal failures and fiascos, along with thoughtful explanations of how they’ve developed and implemented successful strategies to move ahead with their lives. Viewing failure as feedback rather than fate is critical to learning from it. Sponsored by the Dean of Studies Office.

Thursday, November 14, 7:30-9:00pm, Strider Theater;
Wendy and the Neckbeards

Colby Theater and Dance presents Wendy and the Neckbeards. Wendy, a 17 year old plus sized, body positive makeup artist with her own YouTube channel, is having her life exploded by internet trolls – represented by a Chorus of Neckbeards. Jess discovers that her long term boyfriend Chad spends his time harassing young women on the internet to “blow off steam”. From here, the two stories converge in an examination of the current era of internet harassment, toxic masculinity, and the cycle of abuse towards women in America. Please secure a free ticket in advance through Theater and Dance’s ticketing system: Wendy and the Neckbeards ticket reservation. Be sure to indicate that you are reserving a Wellness ticket.

Wednesday, December 4, 7:00-8:00pm, Lovejoy 100;
One Love Escalation Workshop

Love is the most important thing in our lives, yet we are taught very little about it. One Love is on a mission to change that. In the One Love Escalation Workshop, you will learn about healthy and unhealthy relationships, how to identify and avoid abuse, and learn how to love better. The workshop will be broken down into a 40 minute video followed by a 20 minute discussion to reflect on the film. Class size is limited. Register your interest at: One Love Escalation Workshop registration. Confirmation will be distributed via email.
**Important note: The film provides a live-action demonstration of escalating relationship violence, resulting in homicide. Please exercise self-care when selecting this workshop.

Wednesday, January 8, 7:00pm-8:00pm, Page Commons;
“AIDS, Love & the Meaning of Life” 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.

Wednesday, January 15, 7:00-8:00pm, ;
One Love Escalation Workshop

Love is the most important thing in our lives, yet we are taught very little about it. One Love is on a mission to change that. In the One Love Escalation Workshop, you will learn about healthy and unhealthy relationships, how to identify and avoid abuse, and learn how to love better. The workshop will be broken down into a 40 minute video followed by a 20 minute discussion to reflect on the film. Class size is limited. Register your interest at: One Love Escalation Workshop registration. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

Monday, January 20, 5:30-7:00pm, Page Commons;
Tell Me the Truth: Exploring the Heart of Cross-Racial Conversations

Join us as we listen in on an honest conversation between Shay Stewart-Bouley, executive director of Community Change, Inc., a Boston-based racial justice education and advocacy organization that focuses on systemic and institutional racism, and Debby Irving, a teacher and community organizer who has been working towards racial justice for more than 25 years as they discuss racism’s impact on their lives and the ways in which interpersonal dialogue has been instrumental in their own understanding of 21st century racial dynamics. Following their conversation, participants will be invited to reflect on their own experiences with cross-racial conversations at their tables. Dinner will be provided, and advance registration is required. Register your interest at: Tell Me the Truth: Exploring the Heart of Cross-Racial Conversations registration.

Monday, January 27, 8:00-9:00pm, Woodman Lounge;
Discussion of the Netflix documentary “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez.”

When New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez received a life sentence for murder in 2013, America was stunned. A recent documentary examines the case, searching for reasons that someone who seemed to have everything would commit such a crime. According to The Boston Globe, “The athletic gifts were obvious, but behind them was an angry teenager struggling with an abusive upbringing, a growing dependence on drugs, and questions about his own sexual identity.” After his 2017 suicide in his jail cell, his brain was found to show signs of the degenerative brain disease CTE, attributed to repeated concussions. Class size is limited. Register your interest at: “Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez” discussion registration. Confirmation will be distributed via email. Participants will watch the three-part documentary prior to the event and come ready to discuss.

Friday, February 14, 11:00am-12:30pm, Lorimer Chapel Lounge;
Office of Religious and Spiritual Life Open House

Join the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life for our Spring Open House. Meet the religious and spiritual organizations that make up our community. We will be hosting lunch with offerings that represent many of our groups. This is a great way to get to know more about the religious and spiritual diversity that makes up the Colby College community!

Saturday, February 15, 1:00-2:00pm, Colby Museum Paul J Schupf Wing for the Works of Alex Katz;
Artful Movements: Celebrating Your Unique Self

This free one-hour yoga session explores Beauford Delaney’s Idyll followed by a series of gentle poses and meditation led by Kathleen Leisure Haberstock of School Street Yoga. The form of the Cow Face Yoga Pose is the synthesis of the forms of the two figures within the painting, prompting one to open their chest and stretch their whole body. All yoga levels, families, and children over the age of seven are welcomed. A limited number of yoga mats are available; guests are encouraged to bring their own and to wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to stretch. Class size is limited. Register your interest at: Artful Movements: Celebrating Your Unique Self registration. Confirmation will be distributed via email.

REGISTRATION CLOSED – Sunday, February 16, 11:00am-3:00pm, Smith/Hurd/Robins Room, Roberts Hall;
Empowerment Self Defense Training

Come experience Empowerment Self Defense! Developed with a feminist lens, Empowerment Self Defense provides tools to prevent and respond to violence–from uncomfortable everyday interactions to situations involving threats of harm. Gain verbal and physical tools for setting and maintaining boundaries, de-escalating situations, and using your body in defense. This training is both serious and fun and is presented in a very welcoming and trauma-informed way. All participants are invited to participate at the level that works for them and all physical skills are adaptable and do not require a certain level of fitness to be effective. Open to all identities with a focus on the experiences of people most at risk for violence in our society. This training is provided by Portland-based Prevention. Action. Change. **Lunch, snacks, and beverages will be provided** Enrollment is capped at 25 participants, so please reserve your seat by emailing Emily Schusterbauer (eeschust@colby.edu).