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UCLA Student Health Education and Promotion (SHEP)

History

Welcome to Student Health Education & Promotion (SHEP), an office of Student Affairs focused on the health promotion and education of all UCLA students!

SHEP has supported generations of UCLA students in their overall development and well-being. Housed in a number of different departments and buildings on campus throughout the years, in 2014, SHEP moved from the Bruin Resource Center into its current home - the Recreation and Well-being Center. No matter where SHEP has been located, the unit consistently provided a variety of programmatic offerings, including health programming, peer health education training, Life Skills and Intergroup Dialogue courses and more.

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Mission & Vision

Our vision is to cultivate a supportive UCLA campus community that optimizes the healthiest possible development, fosters academic  success, and creates a platform for life-long well-being of the campus community and all its members.

Our mission is to promote a campus community that fosters sustainable healthy behaviors, policies and environments in support of UCLA students' academic success and well-being during their collegiate experience and beyond.  As such, we are committed to using student-centered, developmentally-focused, theory-driven, and research-based methods to provide relevant experiences and resources.

Core Values

  • Innovation, excellence, and integrity - in the pursuit of campus health education and health promotion
  • Social justice, inclusion, equity, and appreciation of diversity – centering students who experience marginalization and advocating for initiatives that promote the best health outcomes for all students.
  • Build collaborative relationships with graduate and undergraduate students, colleagues, and community members– embedding health and wellbeing in all campus policies, practices, and spaces; thus cultivating a health promoting campus eco-system.
  • Evidence-Informed Action -applying a public health approach to ensure that all of our community-level activities are as relevant and effective as possible.
  • Student-Centricity-involving students in all efforts to ensure that our programs and initiatives are relevant to their lived experiences.
  • Trauma-Informed Practice - acknowledging that many students have experienced trauma, and we strive to fully integrate this awareness into policies, procedures, practices, (and convened spaces) to actively resist re-traumatization.
  • Flexibility and adaptation to change– people, the campus community, our micro/macro environments, and our planet are constantly evolving. Thus, our commitment to remain nimble across our upstream (promotive) -to- downstream (responsive) efforts.