Dr. Parham's Vision
The units of the Wellness, Health & Counseling cluster acknowledge that success in health and wellness develops both from within, as well as from the support of the community around us and the building blocks of those who have come before us. In this vein, our cluster continues to develop the mission and goals of Thomas Parham, who now serves as UC Irvine's Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
As Assistant Vice Chancellor, Dr. Parham aimed to challenge sensibilities about the nature of health, and saw the need to expand definitions beyond the physical realm. He believes that restricting our focus to physical health alone and ignoring emotional, social and even spiritual dimensions of health is a posture we all must rethink.
Each unit in the cluster understands that true wellness is a holistic construct that demands more comprehensive approaches. Ideally, wellness in an academic environment provides the following opportunities: feeding of the soul with what endures, creativity, self-discovery, challenge, civility and respect, and promoting personal development and transformation.
At UCI we strive to create an academic ambiance that reflects the six “building blocks to wellness.” Through instructional and co-curricular experiences, students learn to master the six building blocks to a healthy academic experience, and a brighter future ripe with possibilities.