Pace Initiative for Connecting Mind and Health


The Pace Initiative for Connecting Mind and Health was named in honor of Dr. Diana Pace, former Director of the GVSU Counseling Center and Associate Dean of Students, in recognition of her significant contribution to a culture of well-being, health, and mental health at GVSU.

This Pew FTLC initiative seeks to ground well-being, health, and mental health in disciplinary coursework.

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Pace Initiative Faculty Associate Resources, Videos, & Mtg Minutes

Resources for CURRENT Pace Faculty Associates

Dr. Diana Pace

Emerita. B.A., Duke University; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Dakota

Dr. Pace joined Grand Valley in 1976 as a psychologist. She has served as director of the Counseling and Career Development Center from 1985 until moving into her role in 2003 as the Dean of Students.  She made many contributions to GVSU while in leadership, including the  establishment of  a mediation and conflict resolution program, numerous publications, and earned a Lifetime Achievement Award for her advocacy for the rights of women on campus.

How Does It Work?

  • Grounded in disciplinary expertise, faculty members partner with campus and community experts to bring topics of well-being, health, and mental health to the classroom in Pace Course Modules, embedded into existing courses.
  • Beyond the meaningful connections created by faculty, staff, and students, academic learning becomes aligned with growth and development of the whole person in and out of the classroom.
  • Through the readings, presentations, and discussions led by faculty and campus professionals, coursework incorporates disciplinary knowledge related to topics of well-being, health, and mental health. Courses can extend this work to include community engagement.
  • The design, implementation, and reflection upon this work is done in community.

Who Benefits?

  • Integrating personal reflection of well-being, health, and mental health into academic contexts has the potential to cultivate student identity development, knowledge, and life skills impacting their lives personally and professionally as community members and leaders.
  • Faculty accepted into the program have the benefit of a community of faculty and staff actively engaged in sharing and expanding their pedagogical approach to include creative humanistic strategies for growth and development of their students beyond the confines of course content.

Pace Faculty Associates

  1. Annual applications will be solicited for 10 faculty to join the initiative as Pace Faculty Associates. All faculty are eligible, with preference given to faculty in or beyond their third year.
  2. Faculty serve as Pace Faculty Associates for two academic years.
  3. Following participation in Pace Orientation/Safety training, faculty design one module related to student well-being, health, or mental health to be integrated into their course. (Participation in Pace Faculty Planning groups during Fall 2021 enable Pace Course Module implementation in Winter 2022).
  4. During the second year, faculty continue to implement their module in their course(s) and take a leadership role in facilitating a Faculty Conversation Group.


2022-2023 Pace Faculty Associates

  • Christina Beaudoin (Movement Science)
  • Dawn DeVries (Recreational Therapy)
  • Michelle DeWitt (Chemistry)
  • Babasola Fateye (Biomedical Sciences)
  • Meghan Fox (Athletic Training)
  • Emily Frigo (University Libraries)
  • Kristen Hedges (Anthropology)
  • Tonisha Jones (Criminology & Criminal Justice)
  • Regina Koehler (Modern Languages & Literatures)
  • Sarah Mullins (Biomedical Sciences)

Fall 2022 Meeting Schedule

  • September 21, 2022 from 11:30am–12:30pm; in-person on the Allendale Campus
  • October 26, 2022 from 12–1pm; online/virtual with Zoom
  • November 29, 2022 from 12–1pm; in-person on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus
  • December 7, 2022 from 12pm-1pm; online/virtual with Zoom

Winter 2023 Pace Meeting Schedule

  • January 27, 2023 from 1pm–2pm; Online/Virtual with Zoom
  • February 22, 2023 from 4pm–5pm; In-Person on Allendale Campus, 3068 JHZ (Zumberge Hall)
  • March 14, 2023 from 10am–11am; Online/Virtual with Zoom
  • April 12, 2023 from 4:00–5:00pm; In-Person on the Health Campus, DCIH 510 (DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health)

Winter 2023 Pace Module Workshopping Sessions

  • February 17, 2023 from 10am–12pm; Online/Virtual with Zoom
  • March 22, 2023 from 3:45pm–5:45pm; In-Person on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus, EC 411 (Eberhard Center)

Creating a Pace Course

The standard model for implementing a Pace module in a course includes:

  • a topical course-related reading;
  • a one-session in-class visit by a resource professional to discuss the topic; and
  • a written reflection by students based on a writing prompt provided by the faculty.

Pace Initiative Grants

Pace Faculty Associates can apply for grants of up to $500 to support class-related activities that strengthen a culture of well-being in their courses. Events or activities funded by these grants could include honorariums for guest speakers, wellness activities costs, field trips, materials that support health and well-being, or activities designed to foster attention to well-being—physical, mental, spiritual, or otherwise—both within and outside of the classroom, extending students' understanding of course material and how it relates to their larger life experience.

Pace Faculty Conversation Groups

A separate opportunity exists for faculty to participate in Pace Faculty Conversation Groups. Monthly lunch or dinner sessions include conversations regarding selected readings, and topical group discussions. Members agree to share their experience and information regarding the Initiative within their disciplinary departments in an effort to expand understanding and value of grounding well-being, health, and mental health in disciplinary coursework.

Fall 2021 Pace Faculty Conversation Group Members

  • Christina Beaudoin (Movement Science)
  • Babasola Fateye (Biomedical Sciences)
  • Emily Frigo (University Libraries)
  • Jennifer Jameslyn (Brooks Advising)
  • Karen Ruedinger (Seidman College Dean's Office)


For more information, please contact Patty Stow Bolea, School of Social Work and Pew FTLC Faculty Fellow.

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Pace Initiative Advisory Team

Patty Stow Bolea, School of Social Work and Pew FTLC Faculty Fellow

Pew FTLC Faculty Fellow
Professor of GVSU School of Social Work

Pace Initiative Program Lead


Patty's career teaching Social Work Practice professional reinforced the critical nature of well-being, health, and mental health, given the outsized impact on teaching and learning. Alongside this realization has been her personal experiences working family, friends and others who have faced challenges in this arena, and worked to heal and sometimes barely overcome health and mental health challenges as they endeavor to create healthy meaningful lives and relationships.

Jamie Owen D Schryver

Autism Education Center

Pace Advisory Team Member

Amy Matthews


Pace Advisory Team Member

Mary Bower Russa


Pace Advisory Team Member

Pace Initiative Campus Partners

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