The Well and other campus partners invite students, staff, and faculty members to celebrate Mental Health Month in May. The month is filled with workshops, film screenings, and a Self-Care Fair — all designed to promote a person’s well-being.


On Tuesday, May 16, the Self-Care Fair welcomes all to de-stress and connect with the campus community. Departments will co-host self-care activities in a fun, supportive, interactive environment with free food, music, and giveaways. Students, staff, and faculty welcome.

Mental Health Month upcoming events:

  • Monday, May 1: ‘Mindful Mondays: Just Breathe.’ Noon to 1 p.m. at HUB 265
  • Wednesday, May 3: Film Screening: “Inside Out.” 4 to 6 p.m. at HUB 269
  • Monday, May 8: ‘Mindful Mondays: Body Scans Revisited.’ Noon to 1 pm. at HUB 265
  • Monday, May 15: ‘Mindful Mondays: Mindful Eating.’ Noon to 1 p.m. at HUB 265
  • Monday, May 15: ‘Midterm Nap Sessions.’ 2 to 4 p.m. at The Well
  • Tuesday, May 16: Self-Care Fair. 11 a.m. to  2 p.m. at Hinderaker Lawn

View the full schedule of events.

For more information, contact Jessica Bowes at (951) 827-5642 or

Faculty Instructional Innovation Studio


Faculty, instructors, researchers, post-docs, staff, teaching assistants, are invited to participate in Faculty Instructional Innovation Studio,  a free five-week set of workshops designed to give participants an opportunity to broaden their knowledge of how to integrate technology into the learning environment, as well as deepen pedagogical strategies to engage students and meet course outcomes.

Week 1 workshops begin Thursday, April 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. with “Reflections on Innovation.” This session will discuss the role of innovation at UCR. Four faculty will share their experiences as forerunners in the development of system-wide online and hybrid courses.

“Design Thinking” on Friday, April 28 concludes the first week. This hands-on session will focus on a course the participant teaches and would like to redesign, either in part or whole. The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

View the complete five week schedule.

UC Launches ‘Climate Lab’ Videos

The University of California and Vox announced “Climate Lab,” a six-episode video series exploring global climate change and UC’s groundbreaking work to mitigate its effects. Hosted by conservation scientist and UCLA visiting researcher M. Sanjayan, the series features eye-opening conversations with experts, scientists, thought leaders and activists about how everything from clean energy to food, religion to smartphones, affects the future of our planet.

“Climate Lab” videos will be featured on the UC Climate Solutions website and Vox’s YouTube channel with a host of related content, including infographics, quizzes, and articles.

UC faculty have been deeply engaged in research and scholarship around climate change for decades. In 2013, President Janet Napolitano launched the Carbon Neutrality Initiative to expand and strengthen that legacy, establishing a systemwide goal of UC becoming carbon neutral by 2025. To date, energy efficiency measures and clean energy projects implemented across the UC system have generated savings of $28 million a year.

“As ‘Climate Lab’ shows, investments in research and technology are critically important as we work to address global climate disruption,” Napolitano said. “Achieving carbon neutrality and addressing climate change are not merely operational or research goals at the University of California – they are moral imperatives. That’s why I launched the Carbon Neutrality Initiative and committed UC to becoming carbon neutral in our operations.”

The series’ first episode, “Why humans are so bad at thinking about climate change,” debuted Wednesday, April 19 on Vox, just in time for Earth Day. Additional “Climate Lab” episodes will premiere on Vox  – the general interest news brand from Vox Media – every Wednesday for the next five weeks. Powered by the nation’s top experts in the fields of climate research, renewable energy, and sustainability, the series showcases those at UC and other institutions and organizations discussing the surprising ways people can harness known and emerging technologies to address the complex problem of climate change.

Future videos in the series will be released each Wednesday through May 24 and will be available on UC’s Climate Lab website starting at 9 a.m. EST and 6 a.m. PST.

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