Grand Valley has joined a national network focused on university health promotion and prevention, which advances strategic initiatives around the well-being of students, faculty and staff members.
The U.S. Health Promoting Campuses Network (USHPCN) is guided by the Okanagan Charter, which was established in 2015 to provide a framework for institutions to embed health into all aspects of campus culture and to lead health-promotion action locally and globally.
Grand Valley is the second university in Michigan and 15th in the nation to adopt the charter. President Philomena V. Mantella signed the charter agreement and said joining USHPCN aligns well with Grand Valley's mission.
“I’m pleased that Grand Valley will join the 2023 cohort of universities that adopted the Okanagan Charter," Mantella said. "The adoption of this charter aligns with our Reach Higher 2025 goals and values of access, equity and inclusion. We have a long history of setting students up for success; adding this framework strengthens our current plan and expands our efforts to ensure a healthy campus environment.”