As a land grant institution, the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center at UCLA acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (Los Angeles basin, So. Channel Islands).
Our Guiding Principles
Healthy living is a choice and a lifestyle, but unless you’re in a supportive environment, it can be challenging. In 2013, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block announced the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI), a vision of Jane and Terry Semel and supported by them. As a result of Semel HCI’s success in fostering a culture of physical, emotional and social wellbeing, Chancellor Block announced on May 9th, 2018, the establishment of the Semel HCI Center at UCLA.
Additional Ingredients for Success
- Semel HCI Center’s housing in the Chancellor’s office (this has resulted in the acceptance of and cooperation with Semel HCI Center from diverse campus constituents);
- The engagement of our Steering Committee, that includes Vice Chancellors, Deans, administrators, faculty, and student leadership;
- The identification of faculty and senior administrators with expertise in pod subject areas for leading each of the seven pods;
- The convening of monthly pod meetings with stakeholders (faculty, senior administrators, students, community members, and staff) who help facilitate team-building and trust, trigger creative discussions and resource-sharing, and initiate program implementation;
- Pod membership that is determined by a philosophy of being “inclusive not exclusive”;
- The adherence to the pod leaders’ mission to incubate, prioritize, and lead their pods in the direction identified by the pod members and guided by the philosophy of “making the healthy choice the easy choice”;
- The creation of a home for ongoing campus-wide and systemwide health and wellness efforts, such as the campaign to make UCLA a tobacco-free campus and the initiative to combat students’ food insecurity, launched by the UCOP Global Food Initiative; and
- Jane and Terry Semel’s vision and ongoing support for Semel HCI Center that continues to cultivate innovative and creative ideas about living well on campus and beyond.
- Semel HCI supported UCLA Chancellor Block signing the Okanagan Charter Statement of Adoption as a health promoting university aiming to embed health into all aspects of campus culture.
“This initiative is about helping members of the campus community and beyond make informed choices. Whether it’s about diet, exercise, transportation, or sustainability, our goal is to leverage our unique strengths in health sciences and as a leading research university to encourage healthier outcomes for individuals and for society as a whole.”
– Chancellor Gene Block