Wildcat Wellness was founded in January 2019 by a group of four students that attended the APPLE Training Institute (funded by the NCAA CHOICES Grant). Wildcat Wellness offers a space on campus where students have a seat at the table, a voice to express their ideas and the freedom to create engaging, educational programs with their peers. Since its inception, Wildcat Wellness has become an organization on campus that’s known for its crowd-drawing, fun and engaging wellness programs. Check out testimonials from a couple of founding members!
- Smoothie Bowl Bar
- Self-Care & Succulents
- Chair Massages
- Bubble Tea Bar
- DIY Zen Gardens
- Self-Care Kits
- Stress relieving coloring pages
- Affirmation cards
- Self-Care bingo
- Fidget essentials
- Facial and spa items
- & more!
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). During this time, Wildcat Wellness and the CHIP Center partner to offer several awareness initiatives across campus to honor the voices and experiences of survivors and provide campus community members an opportunity to explore educational resources, identify support services and engage in conversations and wellness initiatives as they feel comfortable. Key events include but are not limited to:
- Cup of Support ("IASK for consent" coffee sleeves on beverages at 78West)
- SAAM Day of Action (first Tuesday in April)
- What Were you Wearing? Survivor Art Gallery
- Shine a Light on Local Support
- Denim Day
For more information, please visit daemen.edu/prevention.
Daemen College was a 2018 NCAA CHOICES Grant Recipient. The NCAA CHOICES grant allowed an APPLE Team of students and administrators to attend the 2018 APPLE Training Institute in Orlando, FL. With the knowledge gained from the APPLE Training Institute, the team created an action plan. To review the plan, click here! For more information about the team's experience, click here: APPLE Training Institute Team. Wildcat Wellness launched the action plan in Spring 2019 and increased campus-wide efforts to reduce alcohol abuse with stronger partnerships between athletics, student affairs and other campus departments.