“One of the many lessons underscored by the COVID-19 pandemic is the importance of protecting and promoting the mental health and wellness of our students, faculty, and staff,” read the Temple University email sent on Monday.
“This is perhaps the most significant student issue confronting higher education today.”
President Wingard has announced the launch of two new task forces aimed at violence reduction, mental health, and wellness.
The purpose of these task forces is to reduce conflict on campus. It will also promote programs for students struggling with mental health, officials say.
“It really feels like the right time to bring together a high-level group and really look at our institution as a whole, how we’re organized, how we approach these issues,” commented Dan Berman, vice provost for undergraduate studies. “So that we can do the best we can for our students and for the Temple community.”
According to the university, the task force will be co-chaired by Berman and Melanie Cosby, director of the Office of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine.
In addition, several members of Temple faculty, staff, and a small selection of students will take part in the team.
The task force plans to start meeting regularly after spring break.