This fall student teams joined the BUild Lab’s community impact challenge, Wellbeing: Reimagined, Renewed, Revitalized Challenge, where they were tasked with developing project or venture ideas that promote social, emotional and/or physical wellbeing in their communities at BU and beyond. Eleven teams were chosen as finalists and will each receive a $500 seed grant to help them launch the project.
On Thursday, October 18, the finalists showcased their ideas and gave one-minute pitches for a chance to win an audience favorite award. Amor Plantae won audience favorite and were awarded an extra $500 for their venture idea.
Meet the Finalists:
- Amor Plantae (Alan Mui, QST; Christopher Sanchez, QST; L. George Sulak, QST) will create a treatment center designed to address mental health disorders and emotional traumas through applied therapies utilizing plant-based psychedelics, adaptogenic mycelium and non-THC minor cannabinoids.
- BIPOC Mental Health Collective (Moriah Mikhail; CAS; Nia Smith, CAS; Mariam Bashiru, Sargent; Olga Aguirre, CAS; Eshita Rahman, CAS) aims to expand their past Professor’s Panel on Mental Health & Academia to host regular (monthly or bi-monthly)”Wellness Office Hours” for students and faculty to discuss and workshop solutions surrounding mental health burdens in the academic world.
- BU Career Closet (Tima Dasouki, CAS) creates a space to provide free professional clothing for all BU students.
- deeper (Daniel Li, ENG; Nicole Kwon, ENG; Harry Li, ENG; Byron Mitchell, ENG) improves the quality of connection between mental health consumers and their loved ones allowing both parties to better empathize, understand, and connect with each other.
- Grad Students Who Hike (Kiran Khosla, SPH; Maribel Chahine, SPH; Alaina Tabani, SPH) this wellness grant is for students at the BUSM campus to meet, network and connect in a non-academic setting. This is being run as a pilot project to assess whether wellness programs such as this are in demand for graduate students at BU.
- HappyPack (Lauryn Bryant, SSW) is a space for online students to find belonging, connection, and wellbeing. Participants compete in challenges all while learning strategies to support mental, physical, and social wellbeing.
- The Healing Creative (Caylin Yorba-Ruiz, SSW; Jenna Disandro, SSW; Clara Gelderloos, SSW) aims to meet the needs of online and off-campus students who are not able to access clinical care through Boston University’s Sexual Assault Response & Prevention program. This project will create free accessible resources such as zines and coloring sheets to be housed on the SARP site.
- Taboo (Nesa Huda, COM) an event that features a short film about Muslim mental health, a de-stress station, and a panel talk with BIPOC mental health professionals from the Greater Boston Area.
- TGNC Advocacy Committee (Christa Nuzzo, CAS; Vlad Rada, CAS; Lena Broach, CFA; Kris Berg, CAS) plans to meet the need of a LGBTQ+ student-facing resource center at BU by providing life-changing and live-saving products to transgender and nonbinary BU students with a service that allows them to discreetly request and receive gender-affirming products.
- Wonderland: A Global Village (Sutikshna Veeravalli, Wheelock; Manasvee Muralikumaar, COM) is a space for students to explore their multiple intelligences through art-based activities.
Meet Our Community Impact Challenge Partners
The Wellbeing: Reimagined, Renewed, Revitalized Challenge was a collaboration between Innovate@BU, The Wellbeing Project, and BU Undergraduate Student Government.
Innovate@BU & BUild Lab provides programs and resources to help BU Terriers become drivers of innovation in their lives, communities, and careers.
|The Wellbeing Project is a new campus-wide initiative to support students’ health and wellness during their time at BU.||BU Undergraduate Student Government works to better the college experience for BU’s 16,000 undergraduate students.|