Goal Seven

Goal 7: Recognized nationally as a university that focuses on resiliency, well-being and healthy living by 2020.


Numerous university efforts are underway toward the accomplishment of Healthy Campus 2020. The University will continue to use the foundations of Healthy Campus 2020 to guide and direct services and programming for all members of the Gonzaga community (students, faculty, and staff) in achieving this commitment. The various professional organization which wrote Healthy Campus 2020 are prepared to publish the outlines for Healthy Campus 2030, which will assist in our continuing to meet this goal into the next decade and keep us focused on cura personalis as a guiding principle.

Gonzaga University excels in the area of Health Communication, meeting seven of the nine student objectives set forth by the American College Health Association’s Healthy Campus 2020 (HC2020) (www.acha.org/healthycampus). 

Since the approval of this plan, the University has accomplished four foundational objectives in support of this goal: 

  1. The University administered the National College Health Assessment, a nationally-benchmarked health and well-being survey, through the American College Health Association to our student population. This allowed us to collect a large amount of the baseline data needed for achieving this goal. This nationally benchmarked tool is now being administered on a bi-annual basis and numerous offices are using this data to target programs and services to better meet the needs of our learning community. Specifically, this instrument has allow for communication toward norming health behaviors and addressing misperceptions and community assumptions.
  2. The University has reviewed multiple software systems and has selected and begun the implementation of a cross-divisional electronic tool that will allow us to capture more of this data, leverage our University resources to support the well-being of our students, and implement some predictive analytic work for continuous improvement.
  3. The employee and student well-being leaders have reviewed overlap between the HC2020 student and faculty/staff objectives to identify areas for collaboration. Numerous cross-divisional committees continue to work for the overall well-being of our community. A significant example of this is the work of the JED Foundation Committee (a national suicide prevention foundation), where committee membership represented by students, faculty and staff have addressed three specific areas; (1) policy development concerning medical leave of absence for students, (2) a facilities assessment concerning suicide risks, and (3) a training and information audit for the entire campus. In advance of the Healthy Campus 2020 goals, the administration is working closely with GSBA and other student organization (including Athletics).
  4. The University has restructured the health educators within the Center for Cura Personalis to better align with the HC2020 objective. As part of this restructuring, CCP has been split into two distinct operational areas. In January 2019, the Office of Health Promotions (OHP) was spun-off from CCP and works as a freestanding office within the Student Development structure. This office, overseen by a director has three health educators, individually focused on; (1) Alcohol and other drugs, (2) mental health and well-being, and (3) healthy relationships and sexual assault prevention.

As part of its commitment to achieving the HC2020 student objectives, the Division of Student Development has identified a number of priority topic areas by analyzing our NCHA 2015 and 2016 data. Work will continue toward the achievement of the HC2020 goal.

It is important to note that the goals and outcomes of Healthy Campus 2020 affect every member of the Gonzaga community. Recent initiatives that directly impact employees as well as students include:

  • In 2016, the University switched Employee Assistant Program (EAP) partners resulting in enhanced service offerings and outstanding support to all Gonzaga employees.
  • The University enjoys a very active employee Wellness Committee.
  • The University’s Director of Sustainability has driven several initiatives that include partnering with the Spokane Transit Authority to provide free bus passes for every Gonzaga community member; a coordinated marketing campaign resulting in the largest increase in the County Commute Trip Reduction survey participation; and a significantly enhanced sustainability presence.