Participating in a university-based community effort will meet the participation guidelines (multi-week program, attending at least 85% of sessions over a minimum of 8-12 weeks), is necessary to be eligible for this incentive. 

Why is this Important?

Having close relationships at work has been found to positively affect employee retention, safety, work quality and engagement. Research indicates that people feel better emotionally when they do kind things for and with other people. Building community within the university is an important part of building well-being for faculty, staff and the university.

Options Include:

  • Books@Work
  • Participating in Crafters@Case
  • Connect with others and improve your health with  Lifestyle Boot Camp
  • Join a Sustained Dialogue group
  • Or consider developing and participating in a new university-based community initiative to build bonds with others on campus. Contact Elizabeth Click, Medical Director, to determine if your group meets the criteria


Books@Work brings professor-led literature seminars to workplaces and community settings to build confidence, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. Over the course of 12 weeks, the group will discuss three different books. Through shared narratives, Books@Work encourages and nurtures work cultures rooted in trust, open dialogue and strong social connection – all critical elements of wellbeing.

See our flyer!

Want to learn a little more? 

Summer 2020 Dates

Wednesdays at Noon
Starting via ZOOM then transitioning to in person at Thwing Center Room 224
May 20 through August 19 (no meetings on June 17 or July 22)
Class is full. Contact Mary Ann to be placed on the waiting list.

In order to be placed on the roster, you must commit to attending at least 10 of the 12 meetings. 

Those who have not yet participated in previous Books@Work groups will have priority.

Lifestyle Boot Camp

A community-based approach to well-being

During the 8-week Boot Camp Series, faculty and staff will be asked to examine their current state of well-being. Through educational discussions with your boot camp group, participants will begin to develop tools essential to create a personalized wellness plan.

Lifestyle Bootcamp
Look for a NEW Boot Camp to form in the fall of 2020.


Crafters@Case brings together a diverse group of faculty staff and students from CWRU, University Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic. Groups meet weekly between 12:30 and 1:30 PM in buildings throughout campus.

All are welcome, regardless of skill level. Participants can create hats, scarfs and other items for donation. To earn the Community Wellness Incentive, participants must participate in an on campus group for at least 30 minutes twice a week for at least 12 weeks.

In January 2020, the Crafters@Case groups will deliver 170 scarves, hats, gloves and other items to the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services. This is the work of  many talented members of the CWRU Community.

170 hats gloves and more winter 2019-20

Learn more about Crafters@Case‌ projects, partners and locations.

Sustained Dialogue

Be Part of the Conversation!
Join a Sustained Dialogue Group & Make a Positive Impact on Campus!

Now in its sixth year, the CWRU Sustained Dialogue program brings together individuals from various backgrounds to discuss campus, 
local and national issues of concern, including diversity and inclusion matters.
Dialogue groups are forming now! No experience or special skills needed -- just attend and engage with others.


Groups meet weekly to share their experiences and perspectives and work collectively to suggest ways to make the campus more welcoming & inclusive.
Be part of the conversation and help make a positive change on campus! 

Benefits of Sustained Dialogue:

  • Meet individuals from across the campus
  • Develop new friendships
  • Enhance your communication & listening skills
  • Learn how to effectively engage in critical conversations 
  • Gain tools for and comfort in engaging with individuals from various backgrounds 
  • Develop proposals for positive change at CWRU