Educating the Whole Student

Student Success Center integrates wellness initiatives with new coordinator

by Susie P. Gonzalez

Every institution of higher learning should foster student success, and Trinity University has put an exclamation point on that goal by launching a new wellness program within the Student Success Center. Katherine Hewitt is Trinity’s first wellness coordinator, a position that was considered key to a comprehensive education of the “whole student.”

The concept of the program is to develop, implement, and evaluate holistic educational outreach projects related to student wellness and success, with emphasis on issues such as the prevention of sexual assault, alcohol and other drug use, mental health promotion, nutrition, fitness, sexual health, healthy relationships, stress management, financial literacy, sleep, and resilience.

Hewitt has more than four years of experience coordinating health and wellness programs in a nonprofit setting. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York College at Cortland in upstate N.Y., and a Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health with a concentration in Behavioral Community Health Science.  

Leading the Student Success Center is Stacy L. Davidson, director for academic support. Davidson is working to implement theories and practices that support deep, lasting, and meaningful learning, and she is providing leadership and advocacy for strategies that will support the academic success of Trinity students.