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Shaw Wellness Institute

The Shaw Wellness Institute is the university's health promotion office and fosters the holistic development of students and the Colgate community.

8 Dimensions of Wellness

Our holistic view of health encompasses eight dimensions of wellness: emotional, environmental, intellectual, multicultural, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual.
Emotional Wellbeing
Allowing for, recognizing, and developing healthy responses to the full range of feeling experienced in life. Includes developing effective strategies for dealing with stress.
Intellectual Wellbeing
Pursuing, appreciating, and valuing the ongoing process of learning, and expanding our understanding of ourselves, others, and the world in which we live.
Physical Wellbeing
Developing and maintaining a strong and healthy body that enables us to effectively carry out the day to day tasks of living. Includes issues of nutrition and healthy body image.
Social Wellbeing
The ability to initiate, nurture, and maintain positive relationships with others that allow us to more fully enjoy life and create a sense of community.
Spiritual/Sense of Meaning and Purpose Wellbeing
Identifying the values and principles which provide the foundation for our lives and guide the choices we make. For some, this might also include religious and/or spiritual aspects.
Occupational Wellbeing
Exploring and pursuing a career that allows one to utilize the skills, abilities, values, and experiences that provide satisfaction and meaning for our lives. Our work lives are more of a vocation of "calling" rather than a job.
Environmental Wellbeing
Respecting the environment, developing habits that allow us to live in harmony with nature.
Financial Wellbeing
Our ability to manage our financial behavior and outcomes in a responsible manner and in order to live contently within our financial means.

About the Institute

The Shaw Wellness Institute provides programs and services that promote a range of healthy behaviors among the Colgate community. The institute also addresses eight different components of wellness: emotional, environmental, intellectual, multicultural, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual.

The Institute features a schedule of events and programs that help Colgate students and staff develop skills to lead healthy, balanced and purposeful lives. By providing information through interesting and creative means, we help develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that become the foundation for a lifetime of healthy behaviors. LEARN MORE


Visit us at 113 Broad St. (campus map)
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Phone: (315) 228-6403

Wellness Assessment

Looking for a quick wellness assessment that provides an evaluation of your personal wellness? Try the National Wellness Institute's site. There are assessments for college students and adults and an overall score, strengths and areas for improvement are detailed in the report.


Find both on and off campus resources and helpful advice.

eNewsletter and Blog

Stay up to date on campus and wellness events, sign-up for our weekly e-newsletter

Wellness Calendar

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where is the Shaw Wellness Institute located?
We are located in the bottom of 113 Broad St. Complex, between Huntington Gym and Whitnall Field. Campus map
Can I make health appointments at the Wellness Institute?
No, Student Health Services is located at 150 Broad St. (Route 12B), between Reid Athletic Center and Community Memorial Hospital. For appointments, call 315-228-7750.
What does the Shaw Wellness Institute do?
We provide health promotion services to students, faculty, and staff in order to foster healthy and balanced lifestyles.
What do you offer?
We offer on-demand programming for clubs and organizations, as well as nutrition appointments, monthly brown bags, stress reduction programs, and more.
What is the Institute's role in sexual health on campus?
The Institute promotes sexual health from a holistic and preventative model, providing students with knowledge about safer sex, healthy decision-making skills, and access to resources.

At the Institute, we offer free and easy access to condoms, dental dams, and lube. Our lounge contains educational materials about these resources in addition to other information such as contraceptives, STIs and testing, and healthy sexuality. We offer programs that demonstrate correct use of condoms and dams and facilitate open discussions about safer sex and sexuality, and we spearhead campaigns that promote breast and testicular self exams, reproductive and sexual health services and more.

Students are involved in many of our sexual health initiatives as well. Peer Health Educators host tabling events to pass out condoms and lube to students, and we have sexual health interns who spearhead our "Sexpert" column that comprehensively answers questions about a variety of sexual health topics. We also have trained students that facilitate Bystander Intervention sessions, which talks about consent and healthy relationships and gives students skills to actively shape a healthy campus and culture.

With these efforts, we aim to promote an inclusive and open environment for students, providing the tools they need to build a healthy sexuality and healthy relationships.
What is the Institute's role in alcohol and other drugs on campus?
The Institute is a critical member of the Alcohol and Other Drug Advisory Committee that coordinates a representative group of key stakeholders to serve in an oversight and advisory capacity on issues related to alcohol and other drugs. The ADAC will identify issues and concerns and make recommendations to advance strategic goals. Using a public health model ADAC implements effective multi-pronged alcohol strategies, as measured by reduction in drinks per week, BAC average, off-campus violations, and reported blackouts and regret from alcohol abuse.
Can I check out books from your library?
Yes! We have a wide selection of books, DVDs and CD on everything from yoga to nutrition to men's health.