CULTURE & WELLBEING
Responsibility, courage, collaboration
Photos: Veera Konsti
Great universities have great cultures, and student, faculty and staff wellbeing is a fundamental contributor to getting there. A culture of wellbeing can’t simply be tagged on an organisation as an afterthought. It’s far too important to our success. Instead, student, faculty and staff wellbeing must remain at the top of the agenda for School leadership. This is true for any organisation aspiring to be great. At Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture, building a culture of wellbeing means addressing workload and workspace issues, assessing emotional risks linked to social interaction and feelings of isolation, and building a strong, well-resourced and versatile support system that meets the many individual needs of both students and staff. In our diverse and international community, wellbeing means different things to different people. The definition remains in constant flux, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. This means that we can’t simply design foolproof services that automatically deliver wellbeing for all. Instead, what matters is constant reflection and service improvement alongside actions that allow physical, psychological, social and even ecological wellbeing to emerge.
I’m wearing my memory jacket, which reminds me of all my years at ARTS: my bachelor’s and master’s degrees, my friends’ degree shows, and projects I have helped with.
As a teacher, my most important task is to help a new generation to become talented agents of change.
Jenni Reuter #FacultyStories
I’m interested in the grey areas of art & society.
Max Ryynänen #FacultyStories