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Wellness Center

About the Wellness Center

The photo displays the entryway of the Wellness Center. Health-related posters are on the wall. A bookshelf contains sexual health resources.

The mission of the American University Wellness Center is to provide students with wellness resources, to promote healthy lifestyles, reduce high-risk behaviors, and offer a safe, non-discriminatory environment.

Our philosophy and approach to wellness is holistic and research-based. When we talk about a “holistic approach to health and wellness”, we speak to the many dimensions that encompass wellness: physical, emotional, sexual, educational, occupational, etc. To cultivate true wellness, it is important to think about the varied dimensions and aspects of life that contribute to our well being--it’s so much more than physical and mental health!

In planning our services, programs, or outreach activities, we consult the most current and relevant research. We know that no matter how “flashy” a campaign looks, if it doesn’t work, it’s pointless. In order to fully ensure our services and programs are meeting student needs, we conduct assessments and evaluations, in conjunction with the Office of Institutional Research (OIR).

Contact Details

While the Wellness Center is open 9:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday, we are often in meetings or out and about on campus. If you’re coming by to pick up free condoms, pamphlets, lube, or any other free resource, feel free to drop by anytime. These items are placed in a highly visible area, right in front of our entrance.  

If you would like to speak with a staff member one-on-one, we highly encourage you to schedule an appointment via email to ensure that you are seen promptly. Neither the Wellness Center nor OASIS offers open walk-in hours at this time.  

  • For general question about the Wellness Center, media requests (including student media), the NCAA Choices Grant, or to schedule contraceptive or sexual health consults, contact Mickey Irizarry
  • To schedule an advocacy meeting or ask confidential questions about OASIS, Title IX, survivor rights and resources, or related topics, contact Sara Yzaguirre.  
  • For questions about peer wellness education programming, or to schedule a meeting about alcohol/other drugs or transports, contact Abby Wolfe.  
  • For questions about sexual violence programming, such as Take Back the Night, or the Clothesline Project, or the NVRDC legal clinic, contact Maya Vizvary.

Services

The Wellness Center staff have expertise in a variety of health and wellness topics. For questions about any of the programs or services described below, please email wellnesscenter@american.edu. 

Staff-led Trainings

We have recently provided specialized trainings to faculty, various student organizations, the Conduct Council, and Public Safety. Sample staff-led programs include: 

  • Wellness and the Graduate Student 
  • How to Help a Friend: Sexual Violence, Dating Violence, or Stalking 
  • Trauma and the Brain 
  • Potting and Planting (mini-succulent planting) 
  • Bystander Intervention: Can it make a difference? 
  • Drop in group: Discussing stigma around STIs 
  • Drop Self-care hours 

Wellness Consults 

Working in wellness means that we get to help students feel better for a living! This means taking a proactive approach to student health and wellness. When students feel sick or stressed, they might make an appointment at the Health Center or Counseling Center. And that’s great! But proactive wellness means taking steps to promote one’s wellness prior to getting sick or feeling bad. 

Sometimes students feel like they want help, but they are not sure where to start. For instance, one common scenario is that students feel stressed by their workload, which impacts their sleep, which in turn impacts energy, mood, social life, and school performance. 

Sound familiar?

Consider contacting the Wellness Center for a free 30 minute “Wellness Consult.” During this time, we will assess your immediate needs, help you develop an self-care action plan, and provide referrals to specialized care on or off campus.  

We provide consults on the following additional topics: 

  • Self-care 
  • Reproductive health/birth control methods
  • Alcohol & drug use Healthy relationships 
  • Sleep 

Free Condoms etc.  

At the Wellness Center, we believe that students are adults who are free to make their own choices when it comes to sex. In keeping with best practice in the health promotion, we are dedicated to promoting safe, consensual, and healthy sexual behavior among those who choose to have sex. 

The Wellness Center maintains a collection of free sexual health resources that are available from Monday - Friday 9-5 in our office.

We currently carry:  

  • A variety of regular lubricated roll-on condoms 
  • Extra large lubricated roll-on condoms 
  • Non-latex insertive condoms 
  • Water-based lubricant packets
  • Latex dental dams