DuWell helps students focus on their individual wellness by looking at the integration of many areas of their life, including financial, social, spiritual, intellectual, mind-body well-being, and the environment around them.
When we as community members are actively caring for ourselves, the community becomes strong and healthy. There is no 'right way' of wellness that can be applied to all people, but there are common elements to guide us. Our goal is for the Duke community to be one that encourages caring for each of our members.
David Mallen, D.Ed., Assistant Director
D.Ed. Higher Education Administration - Penn State, PA
Masters of Education - Grand Canyon University, AZ
B.S. Communication Arts - Loyola Marymount University, CA
De Shanna Johnson
Duke Student Wellness Center
305 Towerview Road
Durham, NC 27708
We are available to facilitate discussions and present workshops on a variety of wellness topics and can adapt any workshop to meet the needs of your group.
Topics can include stress management, sleep hygiene, alcohol education, sexual health education, and more!
Tips on Hosting a Successful Workshop
- Decide on a topic that's of interest to everyone
- Identify a date that's at least two weeks out
- Allow yourself time to coordinate and promote the program
Many student organizations or teams also meet with us to define practices, policies and procedures to keep their members safe and healthy.
Small group discussions can help your group:
- Learn more about wellness resources available on campus
- Discuss how your group's culture affects everyone within the group
- Discuss ways that your group can be involved with community health issues
- Address the disruptive behaviors of specific group members
- Get advice on how to help a friend dealing with a substance use problem or other health issue
To schedule a workshop or group discussion, email DuWell or call 919-681-8421 at least two weeks in advance.
DuWell offers a variety of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to gain direct experience with our center's daily happenings:
- DuWell's Wellness Internship program offers paid positions to students interested in developing skills in group facilitation, marketing & communication, and research on topics related to wellness. They also offer support to the office and two OASIS spaces.
- DuWell Graduate Assistants assist with various wellness related projects, attends staff meetings across campus, and relates public health curricula to a higher education wellness center setting.
- DuWell occasionally offers graduate-level practicums for public health and higher education students. These positions range based on current needs of DuWell, and are generally unpaid positions.
For more information about internships and work opportunities, contact DuWell at 919-681-8421 or send us an email!
True Blue is a program presented during Orientation Week and is required for all first-year students to attend.
The program provides information about substance use, sexual assault, sexual health, stress management, sleep, nutrition and healthy choices that allow students to make the best of their experience at Duke.
If you are interested in performing in True Blue or have questions about the program, send us an email!
The Student Wellness Center, located in the heart of Campus Center, opened its doors in January of 2017. Thoughtfully designed to deliver a broad approach to wellness in an integrated manner that supports our students holistically, the Center represents the first time in Duke’s history that all student wellness units have shared the same location.
The new facility will directly assist us in our efforts to redefine success through wellness. From the first moment you walk through the doors you are welcomed by natural light and greeted with a state-of-the-art space that reflects our desire to help your student flourish. Through our educational efforts about self-care, by addressing health needs, and by providing students the opportunity to be an active participant in their wellness, we will put wellness at the center of performance and success.
Finally, the true strength of our wellness efforts are found in the world-class providers and professionals that fill the building. Student Health, DukeReach, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), DuWell, Nutrition Services, a pharmacy, physical therapy, a dental office, and a mindfulness garden overlooking the Anderson woods are some of the services you can find in the Student Wellness Center.
We believe performing academically, socially, and physically should never come at the expense of your broader wellness. Stop by and learn how you can pursue wellness and flourish on campus, and beyond.