9 Dimensions of Well-Being

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9 Dimensions of Well-Being

Career Well-being

This is the ability to pursue a fulfilling career on a variety of levels. It includes finding satisfaction and enrichment in work while pursuing opportunities to reach professional goals.

Career Services is a centralized, comprehensive career center for students, alumni, faculty, and employers. Through career advising and career exploration services, students prepare for the workforce, professional or graduate school, or alternative employment. Additional resources are available within colleges and advising centers:

Graduate Career and Professional Development provides online resources, workshops and individual services to aid graduate students in career planning, managing prospective careers, and developing the skills and knowledge needed for professional and career advancement.

Big Red Talks is a lecture series that provides entertaining and inspirational messages that showcase the formative impact of experiences outside the classroom.

Husker Grow reinforces on-the-job learning that takes place through student employment. Through brief, structured conversations with a supervisor, the learning from student employment becomes more "visible" to the student.


Evaluate YourselfCareer Well-being

  • Do I enjoy going to work most days?
  • Do I have a manageable workload?
  • Do I feel I can speak with my supervisor?
  • Do I have goals—and a plan to meet those goals—for the next position in my career?
  • Do I search out opportunities and experiences to deepen my career-related skills?
  • Do I record my career-related accomplishments for use in my future job search?

Find mentors and seek out information that will help you make timely and wise career-related choices.

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Cultural Well-being

This is the ability to respect all aspects of diversity. It includes being aware of one’s own cultural background, as well as the diversity and richness present in other cultural backgrounds. A culturally-well individual understands and appreciates the benefits from diversity in sexual orientation, religion, gender, racial and ethnic backgrounds, age groups, disabilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

New Student Enrollment hosts events each semester that connects international students and domestic students to get to know one another. Events include the Global Leadership Retreat, International Welcome Week, Dinner in a Nebraska Home, and opportunities to experience the U.S. on touring trips during academic breaks.

Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center provides a home away from home for for under-represented students while welcoming all students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests. Continuing the tradition of past Culture Centers at Nebraska, the center houses academic success programs like the Office of Academic Support and Intercultural Services (OASIS) and the William H. Thompson Scholars Community.

The Women’s Center advocates for gender equality and coordinates peer education programs like Men@Nebraska (exploring masculinity and men’s issues), Healthy Outlook Peer Educators (body image and self-esteem) and the Student Parent Association (support for students who are parents).

LGBTQA+ Resources Center works collaboratively to provide education, resources, consultation, outreach and advocacy to build a campus community inclusive of people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Lied Center for Performing Arts attracts world class artists and programs to educate, inspire and entertain Nebraskans through the performing arts. University students receive half-price tickets to all performances and can reserve free tickets to select performances through the Arts for All program.

Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center offers a wide diversity of high quality cinema, including independent films, documentaries, classic foreign films and experimental films and video.

Multicultural Fraternities and Sororities at Nebraska offer students the opportunity to join a culturally affiliated Greek organization. The National Pan-Hellenic Council includes historically African American organizations and the Multicultural Greek Council includes historically Latino/a-based and Asian-Interest organizations.

Global Nebraska is a gateway for information on our connections with the world. They can provide information about academic programs with an international focus, study abroad opportunities, international partnerships and assist international students and scholars with visas.

Recognized Student Organizations encourage students to connect with one another. Organizations exist for many purposes, including the sharing of cultures. Students can search for organizations through the NvolveU website.

Sheldon Museum of Art houses more than 12,000 artworks in diverse media, including prominent holdings of 19th-century landscape and still life, American Impressionism, early Modernism, geometric abstraction, Abstract Experessionism, pop, minimalism and contemporary art.

University Housing Intercultural Aides are students hired to help build a comfortable and inclusive space for international students in the residence hall by providing initial support and ongoing programming.

University Program Council provides diverse, educational and entertaining programs to enhance the student experience.


Evaluate YourselfCultural Well-being

  • Do I keep an open mind and avoid dealing in stereotypes?
  • Do I treat others in ways I want to be treated?
  • Do I seek out opportunities to expand my cultural knowledge by visiting stores, restaurants, conversations, exhibitions and performances, and other such locations?
  • Do I show openness to create friendships with others who do not look, act, or believe as I do?

Most people need to exert a conscious effort to get outside of their comfort zone. Once you begin to do so, it becomes easier and easier. Don't give up if you have a bad experience—next time will be better!

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Emotional Well-being

This is the ability to successfully express and manage an entire range of feelings, including anger, doubt, hope, joy, as well as many others. Positive emotional well-being encompasses high self-esteem, positive body image, knowing how to regulate feelings and knowing where to seek support and help regarding mental health. It is not limited to seeking counseling services.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers a safe, confidential place where a student can slow down, think out loud, get support, and start finding solutions. Services include individual and relationship counseling, and support and therapy groups. Some are open, inviting students to “drop in” at any point in the semester. CAPS also offers international student services, eating disorder treatment, alcohol and other drug counseling, and online mental wellness screenings.

Counseling & School Psychology Clinic conducts psychological and educational evaluations of children and youth to address referral questions from parents/caregivers and or schools. In addition, clinic therapists provide individual child and adult therapy to address a wide range of referral concerns.

Couple and Family Clinic provides culturally competent, systemic, compassionate mental health care to individuals, couples, and families. Comprised of passionate, caring advanced graduate student therapists and their supervisors, services and treatment are closely supervised by experienced clinicians who are licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Approved Supervisors of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential service offered to university employees and their immediate family members at no charge. Consultation and counseling are available to help faculty and staff with personal or work-related problems that can affect general well-being, work performance, or academic performance. Services include assessment, short-term counseling and/or referral; an employee emergency loan fund; mediation/conflict resolution; and trauma debriefing.

LGBTQA+ Resources Center works collaboratively to provide education, resources, consultation, outreach and advocacy to build a campus community inclusive of people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. The Center also liaises with CAPS for LGBTQA-focused mental health and suicide prevention counseling.

Psychological Consultation Center (PCC) clinicians and staff provide psychological services to individuals and families in Lincoln and surrounding communities. At the same time, the PCC is a teaching, training, and research center for the Clinical Psychology Training Program. Services are provided primarily by doctoral students with all services supervised by licensed clinical psychologists. Services include individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy, as well as psychological evaluation, consultation, and referral services.

Student Athlete Counseling is a component of the comprehensive Life Skills program in Nebraska Athletics. The Athletics Department provides Life Skills programming for every student-athlete, first to acclimate to campus, then to promote their total-person development.

Victim Advocacy provides support for individuals who have experienced relationship violence or sexual assault. The Victim Advocate is a confidential resource who can provide information about services and support decision-making. The Victim Advocate has no responsibility to take action or report to the university or police.


Evaluate YourselfEmotional Well-being

  • Do I strive maintain a balance of my obligations with work, school, family, friends, community and self?
  • Do I have effective, productive, and healthy ways to reduce stress in my life?
  • Do I have the ability to make decisions with minimal stress or worry?
  • Do I set healthy and realistic priorities for myself?
  • Do I likewise have healthy and realistic expectations for others in my life?

Maintaining a day-to-day balance of every demand on your time is nearly impossible. Tomorrow is another day, so seek for balance in the long-term.

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Environmental Well-Being

This is the ability to appreciate the external cues and stimuli from the environment. It means recognizing the limits of earth’s natural resources, realizing the effects of daily habits on the world around us and living a life accountable to environmental needs.

ASUN Green Fund provides grant fund for student-led projects directed toward improving overall environmental sustainability on the university campus. Projects have included the annual Earthstock festival, Green Infrastructure signage, the Alumin8 aluminum recycling project, “Bugeater” farms on East Campus, and the Lincoln Environmental Arts Festival.

Campus Recreation is committed to enhancing the educational experience and promoting lifelong wellness through excellent recreation programs, services, and facilities. Workout facilities are available on City and East Campuses. The Outdoor Adventures Center is home to the Outdoor Adventures program, existing to engage individuals and groups in adventure experiences for escape, education and enjoyment. Bike UNL is a registered student organization at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with the mission to empower bicycling and bicycle education in the UNL community. Bike UNL is composed of students of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln that believe in bettering the university through the support of bicycling.

Office of Sustainability develops strategies and action plans, and provides support for sustainability initiatives within the campuses and community. These initiatives are developed in order to create a culture of faculty, staff and students who are socially, economically and environmentally responsible.


Evaluate YourselfEnvironmental Well-being

  • Do I attempt to reduce the amount of consumer waste I generate?
  • Do I recycle waste products as much as possible?
  • Do I try to solve safety hazards in my environment?
  • Do I volunteer my time to worthy causes?
  • Do I stay aware of my surroundings at all times?
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Financial Well-being

This is the ability to fully understand an individual’s current financial state. Financially well individuals set long and short-term goals to reach and achieve self-defined financial success.

Husker Hub is a one-stop resource for student enrollment and financial needs, including the University Registrar, Scholarships and Financial Aid, Bursar and Student Accounts. Additional services include Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) assistance, help applying for loans, grants, scholarships, exploring funding sources, and managing the disbursement of funds. They also provide helpful information about the cost of attendance and achieving satisfactory academic progress.

Student Money Management helps students increase their financial literacy through mentoring, presentations and online resources. Mentoring sessions are available in-person, by phone or via email. Common session topics include spending plans, understanding financial aid, establishing credit, saving money and debt repayment.

Husker Pantry is an on-campus resource to help students experiencing food and shelter insecurity. The pantry provides free food and hygiene items as well as information about community resources for housing and other food assistance programs.


Evaluate YourselfFinancial Well-being

  • Do I have a plan for financing my academic career and transitioning to my first career position?
  • Do I budget my spending each month (or pay period)?
  • Do I try my best to save a little money each month?
  • Do I have enough money to manage my living expenses?
  • Do I avoid consumer debt (carrying credit balances) whenever possible?
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Intellectual Well-being

This is the ability to seek knowledge and activities that further develop critical thinking and global awareness. Intellectually well individuals engage in lifelong learning and activities associated with a range of subjects that enrich their lives personally and professionally.

Tutoring, Mentoring and Consulting services help students excel academically. From chemistry and math tutors to modern language tutors and writing assistance, the university offers services to help students succeed academically and programs to develop positive study habits.

Center for Civic Engagement encourages students to connect curricular and co-curricular learning with opportunities to address critical human need through service, civic-related research and social change leadership. The Certificate in Civic Engagement has the endorsement from each of the eight undergraduate colleges.

Robert J. Kutak Center for the Teaching & Study of Applied Ethics highlights the importance of critical thinking and moral reasoning in resolving ethical dilemmas and to encouraging its exploration in the context of different disciplines and methods of inquiry.

University of Nebraska Public Policy Center links policy with research, process and practice. The center often hosts speakers and brown bag events to increase understanding and conversation about policies.

E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues annually brings prominent speakers with diverse views on international and public policy issues to the university and residents of the state to promote understanding and encourage debate.

Hoagland Integrity in Public Service Lecture Series seeks to inspire young people to dedicate themselves to public service. The annual lectures features state and national leaders who prove that honor and integrity remain essential components in their service.

Thomas C. Sorensen Policy Seminar Series promotes discussion of policy issues among Nebraskans, encourages participation in public affairs and running for office, and educating newly elected officials.


Evaluate YourselfIntellectual Well-being

  • Do I keep myself open to new ideas and learning new skills?
  • Do I search for opportunities to learn and engage in activities that stimulate my mind?
  • Do I look for creative ways to do things or solve problems I see?
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Physical Well-being

This is the ability to actively make healthy decisions on a daily basis. It includes eating a nutritionally-balanced diet, getting adequate sleep, visiting the doctor routinely, maintaining positive interpersonal relationships, and making healthy sexual decisions consistent with individual values and beliefs. A physically-well individual exercises three to five times per week, limits or abstains from alcohol and drugs, possesses the ability to identify and fulfill personal needs, and is aware of and respects their body’s limitations.

Campus Recreation is committed to enhancing the educational experience and promoting lifelong wellness through excellent recreation programs, services, and facilities. Workout facilities are available on City and East Campuses. The Outdoor Adventures Center is home to the Outdoor Adventures program, existing to engage individuals and groups in adventure experiences for escape, education and enjoyment. Bike UNL is a registered student organization at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with the mission to empower bicycling and bicycle education in the UNL community. Bike UNL is composed of students of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln that believe in bettering the university through the support of bicycling.

Well Being Ambassadors are student volunteers that make a difference in the lives of other students by educating them on many important well-being topics. The educators work to increase awareness, encourage safer behaviors, promote making informed choices and enhance student health and well-being. You can request a free workshop or other educational program for your fraternity or sorority house, classroom or other student group.

University Health Center, managed by Nebraska Medicine, is the best healthcare option for students. Extraordinary staff, a convenient location on City Campus and partnerships with most insurance companies make it a vital resource for students.


Evaluate YourselfPhysical Well-being

  • Do I periodically monitor my health diagnostic information such as weight, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels?
  • Do I make an effort to eat a healthy and balanced diet, including fresh fruit and high-fiber foods?
  • Do I get annual medical exams?
  • Do I perform monthly self-examinations of my breasts or testicles?
  • Do I avoid using tobacco products?
  • Do I abstain or limit my use of alcohol and other drugs?
  • Do I get sufficient sleep?
  • Do I stretch and exercise regularly (3–5 times per week)?
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Social Well-being

This is the ability to build healthy relationships based on interdependence, trust and respect. It includes being aware of the feelings of others. Socially well individuals develop a network of friends and co-workers who share in common purpose, who provide support and validation.

ASUN Student Government has leadership roles for students to make their voice heard. Nearly 200 students each year are appointed to serve on a variety of committees through the student government. Often these committees mirror faculty committees and report to upper administration.

Campus NightLife funds free late night programs that build diverse social relationships and student engagement while fostering campus-wide inclusiveness.

Center for Civic Engagement encourages students to connect curricular and co-curricular learning. Opportunities include service-learning trips, democratic engagement, community challenges, grants for projects that inspire social change and initiatives that promote integrity through positive character.

Fraternity and Sorority Life offers a dynamic Greek community that binds men and women together in lifelong excellence and builds on its heritage of developing character and success through the ideals of scholarship, leadership, service and friendship.

Intramural sports offer more than 70 unique activities that are fun, inclusive and active spaces for students to engage and connect socially on campus.

Sport clubs are comprised of individuals who have a desire to compete or participate in a sport throughout their college career, and exist to develop students' skills, dedication, and interest for specific sports.

Nebraska Unions offer a vibrant environment for students, faculty, staff and guests to kick back, study, meet, and attend events.

Recognized Student Organizations offer each student at Nebraska the opportunity to find their niche. Our robust list of 570+ student organizations includes international, political, cultural, religious, recreational, academic, social and special interest groups.

Student Involvement integrates in-class and out-of-class learning to provide valuable programs, services and events that model an inclusive environment.

University Housing offers students the chance to become part of an energetic student living community where everyone has opportunities to interact and connect.

University Program Council provides diverse, educational and entertaining programs to enhance the student experience.


Evaluate YourselfSocial Well-being

  • Do I plan time to spend with family or friends?
  • Do I enjoy the time I spend with other people?
  • Do I find my relationships to be positive and rewarding?
  • Do I make and effort to interact with a variety of people with diverse backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs?
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Spiritual Well-being

This is the ability to identify a core set of personal beliefs which guide decision-making and other faith-based endeavors, while understanding others may have a distinctly different set of guiding principles. Individuals who are spiritually well recognize the relationship between spirituality and identity in all persons.

Association of Campus Religious Workers (ACReW) is made up of representatives of various campus religious groups concerned with the ethical treatment of students.

Recognized Student Organizations encourage students to connect with one another. Organizations exist for many purposes, including the sharing of spiritual beliefs. Students can search for organizations through the NvolveU 2.0 website.


Evaluate YourselfSpiritual Well-being

  • Do I make time for prayer or meditation in my day?
  • Do my beliefs/principles/values guide my daily decisions and behavior?
  • Do I feel a sense of direction or purpose in my life?
  • Do I express feelings of thankfulness or appreciation for what I have?
  • Do I show respect for the beliefs and views of others?

Focusing on these and other actions from your religious or spiritual traditions will contribute to your sense of spiritual well-being.

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