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Okanagan Charter

Student Signing Okanagan Charter Poster for Event

Wentworth is a Health Promoting Campus

As a U.S. Health Promoting Campus, Wentworth reaffirms a commitment to a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive campus culture in which all students, faculty, and staff may thrive.

Wentworth is among a collection of organizations leading the charge on health and wellness when the university adopted the Okanagan Charter on Sept. 19, 2023.

Wentworth became the 20th college or university in the nation to adopt the charter, which signifies Wentworth’s ongoing commitment in working to embed health and well-being into all aspects of campus culture, and continues work that the University has undertaken since 2015 with partners including The JED Foundation and The Steve Fund.

Benefits of a health promoting campus

Adoption of the Okanagan Charter has widespread campus benefits that include:

  • Leadership: Adoption of the Okanagan Charter by senior leadership reaffirms Wentworth’s commitment to advancing health and wellbeing, inclusive excellence, sustainability, and resiliency, and highlights that message to the campus community and beyond.

  • Community Engagement: The Okanagan Charter increases focus, dialogue, policies, and engagement on campus to better inform health and wellbeing, inclusion, and sustainability efforts.

  • Community Wellbeing: Support actions that assist faculty, staff, and students in achieving their full potential both in and out of the classroom that leads to a greater sense of belonging, and a stronger sense of community.

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Wentworth adopting the Okanagan Charter confirms our commitment to being a health-promoting campus.  This is the next step in years of work by so many of you and others to make health, well-being, sustainability and inclusion a priority for our campus community.

The Charter has two main calls to action:

  1. Embed health into all aspects of campus culture, across the administration, operations, and academic mandates
  2. Lead health promotion action and collaboration locally and globally
Okanagan Charter Event Signing September Pictured: Maura Mulligan, Courtney Mckenna, President Thompson, Provost Sophia Maggelakis

Okanagan Charter Pillars

Wentworth has identified three pillars as the focus of a healthy campus community.

Okanagan Charter event signing 4 individuals seated listening attentively
leopard statue covered in snow

Health & Wellbeing

Over the past decade, Wentworth had prioritized a set of initiatives related to health and wellbeing.

View the Wellbeing Initiatives Timeline

View the Campus Mental Health Framework


Okanagan Charter Equitable Implementation

Sustainability and Resilience

Sustainability and Resilience

Wentworth recognizes the urgent need for solutions to environmental challenges such as climate change.  Our green buildings and sustainable campus operations support student well-being and ecosystem health.  Our students are future sustainability leaders – bringing multidisciplinary skills, real-world experience, and a deep understanding of environmental and social issues to whatever career they pursue. 

Visit the Wentworth Sustainability Webpage 

sustainability picture of Boston Charles River during Daylight