Creating a Culture of Wellness

Conference: SCUP 2020 Annual Conference
Lilian Asperin Main Contact Presenter
WRNS Studio
San Francisco, CA 
Lilian Asperin is a partner at WRNS Studio, where she helps lead the design process and build teams that deliver aspirational outcomes. Recently completed and current projects include the Salk Institute for Biological Studies Master Plan, the Center for Science and Innovation at USF, and UC Merced’s 2020’s Public-Private-Partnership (P3) project. A leader within the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), she is the 2021-2024 Pacific Regional Program Chair. Committed to advancing the practice of architecture, Lilian has also served as a Board Director of AIA San Francisco and is the Co-Chair of the Equity by Design Committee, a call to action for equitable practice and to communicate the value of design to society.
Mary Knudtson Co-Presenter
Associate Vice Chancellor Student Health and Wellness, Executive Director of Student Health Services
University of California, Santa Cruz
Dr. Knudtson is the associate vice chancellor for student health and wellness and executive director of student health services at the University of California Santa Cruz. She was a Professor of Clinical Nursing at the University of California, Irvine from 1993 until 2009, where she developed the nurse practitioner program and was the director from 1995-2009. Dr. Knudtson earned a doctorate in public health nursing at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. She has been the recipient of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse fellowship, a Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Primary Care Health Policy fellowship and the University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Knudtson has served as president of the American College of Nurse Practitioners and has held a number of national committee memberships. She has received numerous awards including the Nurse Practitioner of Distinction Award for the State of California a the Peer Reviewer of the year from the Nurse Practitioner Journal. Dr. Knudtson was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2008.
Janet Finnie Co-Presenter
Director, University Health Services
Princeton University
Janet Finnie serves as the director of University Health Services at Princeton University. She is responsible for overall operations of the health service, administrative functions including human resources, IT, facilities, finance, and management of Princeton’s student health plan. Janet’s career has focused on non-profit leadership and health care management. Prior to Princeton, she served as Associate Administrator and Director, Planning and Business Development at Pennsylvania Hospital. She was responsible for strategic planning, government relations, marketing, research administration, patient & guest services, physician practice management, business development, and physician recruitment and retention. Previously, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Janet served as a senior staff member in the President’s office. She also worked in the Boston area as a social worker primarily in organizations serving adolescents and young adults. She received an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, an MSW from the Boston University School of Social Work, and a BA from Princeton University.
John Kolligian, Jr Co-Presenter
Executive Director
Princeton University
John Kolligian is executive director of University Health Services (UHS) at Princeton University, a position he has held since 2009. He guides strategic planning and oversees student health and mental health priorities. Arriving at Princeton in 2004, John directed Princeton’s Counseling and Psychological Services for 5 years. Prior to joining Princeton, he directed student mental health at Georgetown University, and led postdoctoral psychology training at Columbia University’s student counseling service. He also served as an assistant professor in the Yale School of Medicine’s psychiatry department and held fellowships at the Yale Psychiatric Institute, Yale University Health Services, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital. John’s professional interests include the challenges facing high-achieving individuals in higher education and systems psychodynamics, the explicit as well as the unstated, often irrational forces that drive organizational life. John received a PhD in clinical psychology from Yale University, MBA from Columbia University, MA from Tufts University, and a BA from Stanford University.
Concurrent Session 

Learning Outcomes

1. Outline programs, services, and facility designs that help address stress-related illnesses and improve the mental health of students.

2. Describe the attitudes, values, behaviors, and lifestyles that student health and wellness providers and universities can encourage.

3. Identify ways in which wellness can be integrated into the campus fabric—such as connections to nature, programmed outdoor spaces, and strategies to promote mobility—to encourage a culture of wellness.

4. Detail a process to encourage stakeholders across the institution to promote health as a core value in your projects and programs. 


There is a troubling spike in the number of students reporting stress-related illnesses and mental health conditions. Discover how to help students develop healthy lifestyles by creating a culture of wellness at your institution. This session will look at how programs, services, and building design can work together to improve student wellbeing. We'll discuss ways to assess student health and wellbeing on your campus, interventions other institutions are using, and how the built environment influences mood, social connection, and learning. 

SCUP 2020 Annual Conference