Wolverine Wellness

The primary purpose of Wolverine Wellness is to foster personal & community well-being for U-M students, in college and beyond. If you have any questions, please send an email to WolverineWellness@umich.edu or call 734-763-1320.

What guides our work

Vision: A campus where all students thrive

Mission: To partner with students to foster personal and community well-being in college and beyond


  • All students deserve equitable access to wellness: societal, cultural, historical, and environmental factors fundamentally impact health. We are committed to building a culture of well-being that is accessible to all.
  • Everyone's wellness is connected. Each of us impacts the health of our campus community. We seek to infuse well-being into campus culture, address systemic challenges to well-being, and support positive social norms.
  • Holistic wellness is part of success. We are committed to partnering with students to integrate all aspects of their well-being including: intellectual, occupational, spiritual, environmental, emotional, physical, financial, and social.
  • Every student’s path to well-being is unique. We support students in authoring their own definitions of happy, well, successful, and healthy as they continue to build meaningful and authentic lives.

Areas of focus:

  • Wellness Coaching and Motivational Interviewing
  • Communications
  • Recovery Support 
  • Strategic Leadership for Harm Reduction, Community Well-being and Health Promotion
  • Student Engagement and Academic Partnerships


  • Build Capacity. Mentor, train, and equip students, families, faculty, and staff to support students in developing skills for lifelong well-being.
  • Communicate. Communicate with students and campus stakeholders about personal and community well-being by eliciting students' input, using relevant strategies, and acknowledging their autonomy.
  • Evaluate. Engage in strategic needs assessment, apply evidence, and measure program effectiveness to optimize our work. 
  • Partner. Collaborate with campus and community members to maximize collective impact and encourage an inclusive culture of well-being.

Programs, services, and resources

Please use our Wolverine Wellness form to inquire about any of the programs, services, and resources listed below.

Apply for a Health Equity Grant – Funding is available to student organizations that engage in activities promoting well-being among students impacted by campus health disparities.

Well-being – We provide information and referrals, provide early intervention, collaborate and consult, and influence policy and advocate for the U-M campus community. Well-being infuses our work.

Well-being Academy – A multi-level framework using motivational interviewing to support student wellness. The Academy includes 1:1 and group coaching for undergraduate and graduate students. It also offers a variety of trainings to build capacity for faculty, staff, and students to help students reach their potential.

Wellness Coaching – Individual sessions and group wellness coaching for undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of topic areas. 


Planning a program, workshop, or training? We offer virtual and in-person programming on well-being topics such as Imposter Syndrome, Mindful Eating and Body Image, Self-Care, and more. See Programs on Wellness Topics to request programming, or check out the Well-being Toolkit for resources.

Wellness course – This academic class helps students gain a foundation and practical experience in well-being. See ALA 240/270 Wellness Course

Free info and resources. If you need materials, please email WolverineWellness@umich.edu

Individual services are available by appointment.

Want to destress with a furry friend? Check out our PaWWs and Relax therapy dog program.

Want to get involved and gain useful experience? Consider joining one of our student groups or committees. See Get Involved.

In recovery from alcohol and other drug problems, or know someone who is? Connect with the Collegiate Recovery Program.  

Want to talk? Our staff are available for personal consultations or to help you strategize about Helping a Friend.

Interested in research on student health and wellness? See Research.

The Well-being Collective – In September 2021, the University of Michigan joined seven other U.S. universities in adopting the Okanagan Charter, pledging a commitment to take a holistic and sustainable approach to becoming a health-promoting university. We aspire to make U-M a health-promoting university and global leader in championing the well-being of students, faculty, staff and community. The Well-being Collective at the University of Michigan is a collaborative effort focused on making U-M a better place to live, work and learn for our students, faculty and staff by implementing a system-wide approach to supporting well-being across our campus. Wolverine Wellness provides backbone support for the collective.

Contact info

Location: Suite 0245 (ground floor), UHS – see also Location, Parking and Transportation

Email: WolverineWellness@umich.edu – see also emails for individual staff below

Telephone: 734-763-1320 – see also numbers for individual staff below

Follow us on Instagram @wolverinewellness

Related Staff

Joy Pehlke, M.Ed.

Joy Pehlke headshot
Assistant Director, Student Engagement & Academic Partnerships | Wellness Coach | Adjunct Lecturer, LSA