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Wildcat Well-Being Launch Event is First Step in Creative Approach

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2018) — The University of Kentucky is using an innovative approach to discover the best ways to support the university community’s well-being. 

To fully understand the well-being needs at UK and develop creative solutions, the Wildcat Well-Being is beginning with seeking input. By using an empathetic, solution-finding approach, UK can establish a base understanding of how the university approaches well-being and identify unmet needs. These insights can then address key challenges with new solutions. 

The process is a form of “design thinking,” which aims to redefine problems and consider the end users, then create many prototype solutions for testing. 

For the Wildcat Well-Being initiative, the goal is to build a national model for well-being in higher education that addresses eight dimensions of well-being: 

  • Emotional; 
  • Spiritual;
  • Intellectual; 
  • Physical; 
  • Environmental;
  • Financial; 
  • Occupational; and
  • Social. 

“We want to engage the entire UK family in supporting the well-being of their peers and colleagues,” President Eli Capilouto said. “Together, our campus can be a place where all can flourish in their education, teaching, research, service and care.” 

The design thinking process includes five phases: 

  1. Observe and understand 
  2. Synthesis and focus 
  3. Ideate 
  4. Prototype and test 
  5. Launch 

To facilitate Step 1, anyone at UK who is a provider of well-being services — in any of the eight dimensions — is invited to a launch event to help further define well-being needs. The goal of the event is to create a list of well-being services currently available and gather an array of visions for well-being at UK in the future. 

The event is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to noon, Nov. 27, at the Gatton Student Center Ballroom. Click here to register to attend, and share the link with anyone in the UK community who might be interested in participating. 

UK is the University for Kentucky. At UK, we are educating more students, treating more patients with complex illnesses and conducting more research and service than at any time in our 150-year history. To read more about the UK story and how you can support continued investment in your university and the Commonwealth, go to: #uk4ky #seeblue