To personalize the employee wellness experience, Wellness Connection utilizes a network of volunteers, or champions. Wellness Connection Champions are WashU employees who are passionate about creating a culture of wellness here at the university. Champions help the Wellness Connection team better understand the needs within different work environments, promote the importance of personal health, and encourage their colleagues to engage in wellness program offerings.

Role of a Wellness Connection Champion

ANNOUNCE: Be visible in your role to your colleagues, department, and supervisors. Serve as the wellness spokesperson for your area.

LISTEN: Understand the unique needs of your colleagues and department.

LEAD BY EXAMPLE: Promote and participate in programs and events. Advocate for a workplace culture of well-being.

SHARE: Share your successes & provide feedback from  colleagues.

Join the Wellness Connection Champion Network

Wellness Connection Champions are a diverse network of volunteers who represent the larger WashU community. We welcome differences in our champions in the form of race, ethnicity, disability or genetic information, neurodiversity, geography, socioeconomic status, age, political views, religion, philosophy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, and job roles & responsibilities.

To become a Wellness Connection Champion, complete our Partnership Agreement. This is a non-binding agreement, but it communicates the importance of the Champion’s role in accomplishing our goals and objectives. Champions should be in good standing with Washington University and their departments.

Supervisors – if someone in your department would make a great Champion, encourage them to complete the partnership agreement!

For more information about the Wellness Connection Champion program, contact Nikki Hafner at or 314-935-7734.

2019 Wellness Connection Champion Meetings

If you are a current Wellness Connection Champion or simply interested in learning more about the program, join us for the quarterly luncheon meetings. Space is limited: please RSVP to the campus meeting most convenient for you.

Danforth Campus

DUC Room 276
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019
  • Wednesday, July 24, 2019
    Register here
  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019 
    Register here

School of Medicine Campus

Mid Campus Center
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

  • Thursday, January 24, 2019
  • Thursday, April 25, 2019
  • Thursday, July 25, 2019
    Register here
  • Thursday, October 24, 2019
    Register here