Pace Initiative for Connecting Mind and Health

Purpose

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

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.

About Pace

Apply to be a Pace Associate!

Resources for Current Pace Associates

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 and Staff accepted into the program have the benefit of a community actively engaged in sharing and expanding their pedagogical approaches and practices. This includes creative humanistic strategies for growth and development of students beyond the confines of course content and student support.

Pace Initiative Components

Two Components of the Pace Initiative

The Pace Initiative has two components:

  1. Pace Initiative Associates, who participate in monthly Conversation Groups to discuss issues related to health, mental health, and well-being.
  2. In addition, for faculty the opportunity exists to propose, design, implement and reflect upon a Pace Course Module in their existing course.  Likewise, Staff are also eligible to follow this process toward a change or intervention in their own work area, in collaboration with their colleagues and supervisors through a Pace Support Design.

Pace Components

FACULTY PACE COURSE MODULE CREATORS

Module Design Workshops will be scheduled separately according to interest and availability.

The Pace Faculty Course Module Objectives are:

  • Connect academic and disciplinary knowledge to personal well-being, health, and mental health.¬†
  • Create connections between faculty, staff, and students
  • Cultivate identity development, knowledge, and life skills related to well-being, health, and mental health

PACE STUDENT SUPPORT DESIGNERS

Pace Staff Student Support Design Workshops will be scheduled according to interest and availability.

Pace Student Support Designers Objectives:

  • Create or revise a process or¬†procedure that is attuned and supportive to student health, mental health, and well-being.
  • Coordinate the possibility and implementation of this change with colleagues and supervisors.
  • Reflect and evaluate the process with colleagues and supervisors.

Pace Module Highlights

Managing Emotional States of Research

Video fo Managing Emotional States of Research

Managing Emotional States of Research
YouTube Video
Created by Emily Frigo, Maya Hobscheid & Samantha Minnis

 

 

This video discusses the emotional aspects of research, the emotional reactions to doing research, and strategies for self care and getting help.

Get chat, text, or email help at www.gvsu.edu/library.

Make an appointment with a research consultant at www.gvsu.edu/library/km.

Make an appointment with a librarian at www.gvsu.edu/library/librarians-by-subject-30.htm.

 

 


Using Your Campus to Support Your Well-Being

In winter 2023, Dr. Kristin Hedges' Anthropology Capstone studied the topic of stress and anxiety.  In collaboration with the GSVU University Counseling Center and the GVSU FTLC Pace Initiative, students focused on  application of anthropological knowledge to solve social problems.  Student projects were disseminated to the Counseling Center and the Faculty Teaching and Learning Center to assist with understanding and improving ways to reduce our students' stress and anxiety. 

Student created GVSU Map_Pace Module Example
Student created GVSU Campus Map_Pace Module Example

Pace Associates

Pace Associates

Annual applications will be solicited for faculty and staff to join the initiative as Pace Associates.  All are eligible.

Participation as Faculty Course Module Creators or Staff Student Support Designers is optional.

Faculty Course Module Creators

  • Following participation in Pace Orientation/Safety training, faculty may elect to design one or more modules related to student well-being, health, or mental health to be integrated into their course.
  • Course Module design workshops are scheduled based on interes.
  • Upon completion of design, proposal, implementation and reflection, faculty are eligible for a stipend granted by the Pew FTLC.

Pace Staff Student Support Designers

  • Following participation in Pace Orientation/Safety training, staff are encouraged to create or revise a process or procedure that is attuned and supportive to student health, mental health and well-being.
  • This work is intended to be done in Pace workshops based on interest.
  • This work is designed in coordination with the possibility of implementation with colleagues and supervisors.
  • Upon completion, staff will reflect and evaluate the process with colleagues and supervisors.

 

2023-2024 Pace Associates

  • Christina Beaudoin (Movement Science)
  • Dawn DeVries (Recreational Therapy)
  • Michelle DeWitt (Chemistry)
  • Babasola Fateye (Biomedical Sciences)
  • Meghan Fox (Athletic Training)
  • Emily Frigo (University Libraries)
  • Karen Gipson (Physics)
  • Kristen Hedges (Anthropology)
  • Tonisha Jones (Criminology & Criminal Justice)
  • Katie Jourdan (Recreation & Wellness)
  • Regina Koehler (Modern Languages & Literatures)
  • Alycia LaGuardia-LoBianco (Philosophy)
  • Sarah Mullins (Biomedical Sciences)
  • Mikaela Padgen (University Counseling Center)
  • Katie Perschbacher (Dean of Students Office)
  • Martina Reinhold (Physician Assistant Studies)
  • Adrienne Wallace (Communications)

Winter 2024 Pace Meeting Schedule

  • January 29, 2024 from 3pm–4pm; online/virtual with Zoom
  • February 19, 2024 from 3pm–4pm; In-Person—JHZ 3068 (Zumberge Hall) on the Allendale Campus
  • March 18, 2024 from 3pm–4pm; online/virtual with Zoom
  • April 8, 2024 from 3pm–4pm; In-Person—SCB 4002 on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Winter 2024 Pace Module Workshopping Sessions

Coming soon!

Fall 2023 Meeting Schedule

  • September 27, 2023 from 3–4pm; in-person in JHZ 3068 (Zumberge Hall) on the Allendale Campus
  • October 26, 2023 from 10–11am; online/virtual with Zoom
  • November 30, 2023 from 4–5pm; in-person in SCB 4002 (Seidman) on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Fall 2023 Pace Module Workshopping Sessions

  • October 20, 2023 from 12–1:30pm; in-person in DEV 203D on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus
  • October 25, 2023 from 9–10am; online/virtual with Zoom

Pace Initiative Grants

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.


Interested?

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

Apply for the Pace Initiative Today!


Dr. Diana Pace

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

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.

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.




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