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We recognize that the current nature of events may directly affect the overall wellness of our college community in various ways. In an effort to address the needs of our staff and faculty, the Wellness Committee in collaboration with the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Employee Learning and Development and Human Resources are rolling out wellness initiatives to increase engagement and build community. It is our hope to provide a myriad of options that reflect the diverse talent, knowledge and skills of Pierce College’s staff and faculty that addresses the multifaceted needs of our populations while supporting continued learning, holistic self-care and connection with each other.

These activities are part of an employee engagement initiative jointly developed by EDI, ELAD, HR, and the Wellness Committee. Pierce College’s Executive Team has approved up to one hour per week of paid time during summer quarter for wellness and other employee engagement activities. Participation is optional, but all supervisors are encouraged to provide release time to employees who want to participate.

Six Dimensions of Wellness

The National Wellness Institute promotes Six Dimensions of wellness: emotional, occupational, physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual. Addressing all six dimensions of wellness in our lives builds a holistic sense of wellness and fulfillment. Pierce has made a strong commitment to our employees to find ways to apply this model by offering weekly wellness workshops.

The National Wellness Institute devised questions that can help persons and organizations assess the degree to which wellness is incorporated into a particular approach or program:

  • Does this help people achieve their full potential?
  • Does this recognize and address the whole person (multi-dimensional approach)?
  • Does this affirm and mobilize peoples' positive qualities and strengths?
  • Does this enhance employee engagement and boost overall morale?

Virtual Garden Tour with Fort Steilacoom President Julie White, Ph.D.

 

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Tuesday, August 4 from 12–1 p.m.

Join Julie for a virtual tour of her community garden plots, where she grows enough vegetables to donate regularly to her local food bank, with plenty left over for family and friends. She’ll discuss what she’s learned about companion planting and other garden tips, along with lessons she’s learning about gardening in the PNW (after 20+ years of gardening in western/central New York State). There will be plenty of time for questions.

Register in advance for the Virtual Garden Tour

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Mindfulness Mondays

Every Monday from 1–2 p.m. starting July 13, 2020

Register in advance for Mindfulness Mondays

Attendees register once and can attend any of the occurrences. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Videos

YouTube: Why Mindfulness Is a Superpower (2:43 min)

TedTalk: All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes (9:09 min)

TedTalk: How to Turn Off Work Thoughts During Your Free Time (12:21 min)

TedTalk: Nature.Beauty.Gratitude (9:32 min)

YouTube: Guided Mindfulness Meditation on Overcoming Anxiety and Fear (14:20 min)

YouTube: Calm - Ease | Guided Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh (20:24 min)

YouTube: Mindful Eating with Mayo (7:38 min)

YouTube: Chocolate Mindfulness Exercise (7:07 min)

Articles

Mindful Eating: The Art of Presence While You Eat

6 Ways to Practice Mindful Eating

58 Science-Based Mindful Eating Exercises and Tips

Books

Intuitive Eating, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch

The Power Of Now, Eckart Tolle 

Body Kindness, Rebecca Scritchfield

How To Eat, Thich Nhat Hanh

True Love a Practice for Awakening the Heart, Thich Nhat Hanh

Wellness Wednesdays

Yoga with Ashley Looker

Every Other Wednesday 10–10:30 a.m. starting July 8, 2020

  • August 5: Fun Standing Balance
  • August 19: All About that Core
  • September 2: Full Body Stretch & Flow

Register in advance for Yoga

Attendees must register for each session. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Connection Corner with Faculty Counselors Brenda Rodgers & Jennifer Wright

Every Wednesday from 11–11:30 a.m. starting July 8, 2020

Attendees must register for each session. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

July 8: Learn to Cook Pad Thai with co-host Bowie Pattanan Stanescki

July 22: Best of Washington with co-host Katie Callahan

Come share your favorite spots around the state. Shine a light on our beautiful state and gather some ideas close-to-home for your socially-distancing summer recreation!

Best of Washington Resource List

July 29: Family Movie Night with co-host Kali Cruz

Learn to set-up an outdoor theater and share other fun ideas for family movie night. Bring your ideas and movie suggestions.

Register for Family Movie Night

August 5: Pet Paradise with Brenda Rogers and Jennifer Wright

Show-off your pets!! Come and share what your furry or feathered co-workers are doing to entertain themselves, and you, during the day. For those who had pups and kittens last time, show us how much they’ve grown and what tricks they’re doing now!

Register in advance for Pet Paradise

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Community of Practice: History of Race with David Thomas and Karen Senaga

Wednesdays from 2–3 p.m. starting July 22, 2020

  • July 29
  • August 5
  • August 12
  • August 19

Would you like to do some reading this summer on the history of racism in America? Do you believe historical knowledge has the power to fight for justice? Want to do this work with the larger Piece community? Join us on a summer reading of Ibram X. Kendi's Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

Reading Group Format: David, Assistant Professor of History, and Karen, Assistant Professor Transitional Education/History, will provide an opening framework and occasional supplemental material, but this is a community-driven discussion. Some reading guide questions will be available to all who register even if they cannot attend the Zoom sessions.

Register for Community of Practice: History of Race

Attendees register once and can attend any of the occurrences. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Thriving Thursdays

Family Fun Workout with Tine Rappe

Every Thursday from 10–10:30 a.m. starting July 9, 2020

Register in advance for Family Fun Workouts

Attendees register once and can attend any of the occurrences. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Story Time with Pierce Librarians

Every Thursday from 11–11:30 a.m. starting July 9, 2020

  • July 30: TBD
  • August 6: TBD
  • August 13: My Papi has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero with a reading by Lesley Caldwell
  • August 20: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats & The Tompten by Astrid Lindgren with a reading by Jennifer Sundheim

Register for Story Time with Pierce Librarians

Attendees register once and can attend any of the occurrences. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Zumba with Chauntalle Watts

Every Thursday from 1–1:30 p.m. starting July 16, 2020

Register for Zumba

Attendees register once and can attend any of the occurrences. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.