The system-wide Student Mental Health Committee is planning a sequel event to last year’s symposium, aimed at advancing our response to the mental health needs of students at our universities. It will be emceed by President Killeen and feature special remarks from each chancellor. Invitation and registration information will be distributed August 16. Please hold the date!
When: Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Time: 10:00 am to noon CST
Audience: Faculty, staff and student leaders across the University of Illinois
Speaker: R. Kelly Crace, PH.D.
Keynote Topic: “Flourishing through Chronic Too-Muchness”
Dr. Kelly Crace will facilitate a conversation of how to flourish following burnout conditions and how to model wellness through our leadership. Building upon the research of the relationship between values and flourishing, the discussion will focus on how to shift a student culture from fear-based excellence to a deeper, more authentic level of excellence where wellness is essential. It will include practical strategies of how to engage students in the "work of wellness" and bringing flourishing to the foreground of our leadership.
Dr. Crace is the Associate Vice President for Health & Wellness and Director of the Center for Mindfulness and Authentic Excellence (CMAX) at the College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. Kelly has served as director of two college mental health centers at Duke University and William & Mary. He received his academic and clinical training from Vanderbilt University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Duke University.
We hope you will share this message so we can ensure that a broad and diverse group of faculty, staff and student-governance representatives will add their insights to this important conversation.