Supporting U

Winter Break Wellbeing

While the winter season brings celebrations and gatherings with family and friends, it also brings mental health challenges related to the shorter daylight hours, holiday pressures, and increases in anxiety related to loneliness and isolation. The information below lists several resources and programs provided by the University’s Office of Human Resources to support your mental wellbeing.

As you prepare to take a much deserved break from teaching, research, and all of the work that you engage in to support our University, be sure to take some time to engage in intentional self-care. 

Wishing you health and happiness,

Keisha Varma, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost
Director - Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy

Resources & Programs

Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Support through the Wellbeing Program
You can find resources to help manage stress and enhance your resilience through the Wellbeing Program, including:

  • Phone coaching or in-person coaching to support you in managing anxiety, sleeping well, and coping with depression
  • Online Mindfulness at Work program with now pay-what-you-can pricing
  • Online courses through Wellbeing U on mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and yoga

Other Resources

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides information for individuals and caregivers on mental health conditions.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). In the Twin Cities metro, dial “CRISIS” or text “MN” to 741741.
  • BIPOC Mental Health Collectiveis available for University BIPOC Staff and Faculty and meets virtually monthly for a wellness activity and small group discussions.
  • Employee Mental Health Resources – The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a problem-solving resource available to address any personal or work concern that may be affecting your wellbeing. With this confidential service, a professional counselor helps assess your situation, identify options, make choices, and get additional options for help, including referrals. Learn more about this service and get in-the-moment support anytime.

Financial Counseling
Are you worried about your personal finances? You can get free, confidential help through the University of Minnesota.  Employees and their families get six free individual counseling sessions a year through LSS Financial Counseling, a nonprofit financial counseling service.

COVID-19 Prevention and Wellbeing
Be sure to continue these habits that not only reduce the spread of COVID-19 but may also help keep flu and other illnesses to a minimum.

Challenging Racialized & Gendered Microaggressions On Campus: Advocating For Student Success & Support Webinar

Information, Resources and Recording:

Join presenters as they discuss lessons learned from failed diversity moments, campus unrest, and equity and inclusion failures in higher education. Dr. Hannah Oliha-Donaldson (University of Kansas) will discuss her new book (Routledge), and scholar-mothers Leah Fulton and Zer Vang (higher education) will talk about “maternal microaggressions.” Dr. Michael Stebleton will highlight the role of faculty members. 

Presenters will close by offering promising practices for fostering inclusivity and equity through personal advocacy, faculty engagement, and institutional channels. 

View and join the Social and Racial Justice Scholar Directory

The Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) is collaborating with the Office for Public Engagement and Faculty and Academic Affairs to create an online directory of faculty who engage in scholarship related to social justice, racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The purpose of this directory is to highlight and amplify the work of social justice and DEI scholars at the University of Minnesota and to foster systemwide connections around related issues. View the Social & Racial Justice Scholar Directory and learn more

Best Practices in Recruiting and Retaining Under-Represented U.S. Minority Faculty

PDF icon Best Practices in Recruiting and Retaining Under-Represented U.S. Minority Faculty
A handbook for institutional leaders and faculty search committees at the University of Minnesota

Welcome to Your Community Guide

PDF icon View IDEA's Welcome to Your Community Guide

This guide offers a start and a glimpse into some of the resources available at the University, in the Twin Cities, and in the state of Minnesota. We are available to answer questions and offer further support and guidance. 

Supporting Faculty During and After COVID-19 – Don't Let Equity Go

PDF icon Supporting faculty during and after COVID-19. Don't let equity go
Article from Aspire, The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diversity STEM Faculty by Leslie D. Gonzales, Ed.D. and Kimberly A. Griffin, Ph.D., Co-Leads of the Aspire Alliance's Research Team.