‘Bantams in Balance,’ Trinity’s New Student Wellness Initiative, Launches this Fall

Next Event This Semester is Fresh Check Day on Wednesday, October 11

​Hartford, Connecticut, September 28, 2017 – This fall, Trinity College launched the new Bantams in Balance student wellness program, which focuses on five main areas: substance use; self-care; relationships and sexual health; leadership; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Bantams in Balance pulls together wellness-related programming across all departments within the Division of Student Affairs, providing education, facilitating skill-development, and fostering student engagement around wellness.

Bantams in Balance kicked off in September with an event featuring comedian Maria Falzone’s one-woman show, “Sex Rules.” Falzone, a self-described “sex-pert,” tours college campuses, using humor and her own personal story to teach students the essential rules about safe sex.

The next campuswide event will be Fresh Check Day on Wednesday, October 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Gates Quad. The event helps to raise awareness of mental health resources on campus and includes fun activities, therapy pets, massages, and free food and music for students.

Bantams in Balance will offer daily and ongoing activities including yoga, barre, meditation, spiritual practices, and drop-in counseling hours through the Trinity Counseling Center’s Let’s Talk program, as well as regular Wellness Wednesdays workshops in the Paul E. Raether Library and Information Technology Center.

Related health and wellness programming can request the use of the Bantams in Balance logo and receive help with publicity and sponsorship from The Bantams in Balance committee, which consists of representatives from departments across the Division of Student Affairs. The program has created a website so that students can locate information about upcoming events. There will also be a monthly info table in Mather Hall to distribute fliers and information about the programming.

The program emphasizes the commitment of the College to fostering the whole person during a student’s time at Trinity. Associate Dean of Students Robert Lukaskiewicz, who is helping to spearhead the initiative, said, “My personal hope for the program is that students will recognize the Bantams in Balance logo on an event, activity, or program and give it special consideration for how it might help them to be more balanced and successful at Trinity and beyond. There are many departments and offices on campus doing excellent work for students, so my hope is this initiative might also assist in increasing a broader awareness and participation among students.”

For more information about Bantams in Balance, click here.

Written by Kyle M. McGrath ’18