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University Well-being Leadership Alliance (UWLA)

In July 2016, Iowa State University’s 2017-2022 Strategic Plan was completed and adopted by the Iowa Board of Regents. In the plan, the University adopted several Goals designed to encompass the spirit of whole person and whole system approaches to well-being, including Goal 3: Improve the quality of life for all Iowans through services and programs dedicated to economic development and the promotion of healthy communities, people, and environments, and Goal 4: Continue to enhance and cultivate the ISU Experience where faculty, staff, students, and visitors are safe and feel welcomed, supported, included, and valued by the university and each other. These goals recognize the importance of the interdependence of our people, our communities, and our world in transforming the culture at Iowa State University.

The University Well-being Leadership Alliance (UWLA) provides a venue for cultivating this interconnectedness and affirming the strategic direction for well-being at Iowa State University through ongoing communication, innovation, and collaboration. This systemic approach will create the opportunity to tap into the energy and enthusiasm of invested individuals and entities for thoughtful dialogue, aligned direction, and coordinated action across the University.


The purpose of the University Well-being Leadership Alliance (UWLA) is to create a teaming environment that provides an opportunity for invested stakeholders to collaborate across the University, to better align well-being priorities, and to take action in mobilizing the strategic direction for well-being at Iowa State University. By focusing on Goal 4 (and specifically Subgoal 4.2), the UWLA will enhance and promote all dimensions of well-being on the individual and institutional level. This focus will also indirectly address Goal 3, as campus is the hub that impacts our land grant mission throughout the state of Iowa. This cultural and systemic approach would include the following:

  • Built environments (anything structural with a focus on safety, functionality, sustainability, and connection to nature and to other people),
  • People (utilization of programs, policies, and practices that encourage and support employees and students), and
  • Social norms (the “why we do what we do” – shifting toward a more sustainable work life, more supportive student life, and more welcoming campus).




While the UWLA supports all subgoals under Goal #4, the UWLA’s primary focus is to advance Subgoal #4.2 to enhance the safety, health, well-being, and security of faculty, staff, students and visitors. The deliverables would include but are not limited to:

  • Improving the climate at Iowa State University with physical changes that cultivate a safe and supportive environment thereby recognizing the interconnectedness of individuals and the environment.
  • Strengthening our ISU culture to foster compassion, collaboration, and connection by promoting an inclusive community, positive social interaction, and mutual respect.
  • Enriching the quality of life for ISU students and employees by emphasizing individual and institutional well-being and addressing determinants of health, including:
    • improved equity,  
    • mental, physical and economical health,
    • social justice and respect for diversity,
    • safety and security,
    • sustainability, and
    • access to food.
  • Enhancing the ISU Experience by creating conditions to continually encourage well-being, engage strengths, and inspire personal development throughout the university.


Click to view the full UWLA Charter
Click here to view the UWLA Strategic Priorities

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Healthiest State Walk Comes to Campus Friday October 7

20 Sep 2016

Let's have some fun and "Walk as One!" Join your fellow Iowans in all 99 counties and participate as ISU WellBeing hosts one of Iowa's Healthiest State Walks on Friday, October 7.

Friday Walk & Talk brings new opportunity to Employees

18 Sep 2016

  It's the middle of the day and you're desperate for a boost of energy so you grab another caffeine and sugar loaded frozen latte, frappe, grande, caramel, cappuccino drink.

Friday Walk & Talk brings new opportunity to Employees

22 Sep 2016

Picture this: it’s almost lunch time on Friday, you’re starting to feel worn down from the week, you have a great story to tell your coworker, and you’re searching for that last burst of energy to finish off the day. So you grab another caffeine and sugar loaded frozen latte, frappe, grande, caramel cappuccino drink. Well…what if we told you we have a better solution…

Portal Coming Soon


Adventure2 Program Launch September 6, 2017!

Our adventure continues and we are excited for what's to come!

We have reserved this location for your individual needs! This is the place where you will find everything you need related to your specific well-being goals - assessments, trackers, programs to encourage healthy lifestyles, articles, and the latest in health and well-being.

We are planning for Fall 2017 and we'll keep you posted here. Below are the next steps in our process.

  • Research current vendor options and information on what's available in the market. (Completed)
  • Prepare the RFP (Completed)
  • Send the RFP. (Completed)
  • Select the vendor for ISU WellBeing. (Completed, May 2017)
  • Implement the new WellBeing portal! (June- August 2017)
  • Go Live! (Wednesday, September 6, 2017)