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The Shaw Wellness Institute is home to awesome campus events and programs, as well as a perfect place to relax, study, and socialize.
Kia Edwards Brown Bag


Our space is open for students, clubs, and faculty use upon request. Please e-mail tmantaro@colgate.edu if you are interested in using our space for an event, program, or discussion!

The wellness space was made possible thanks to generous donations from Jay '76 and Debi Shaw. Their continued support and encouragement for the Institute has also led to several full and part-time staff members and numerous student interns and workers. Through the continuous support from the Shaws, other alumni, and the Colgate community, we are able to provide a range of services, programs, and events throughout the year!


Visit us in the 113 Broad St. Complex: campus map
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Therapy dogs from Wanderer's Rest come to Shaw Wellness Institute.

Wellness Programming Spotlight

Students, faculty and staff can schedule an appointment to meet with the dietitian. For more information see the dietitian webpage. Sessions are free and are available during the day and one evening a week.
Employee Wellness
Human resources provides a range of employee wellness programs and recognizes the importance of maintaining and promoting the health and well-being of its employees.
'Gate Fitness
Maintain a healthy and active lifestyle with the help of the 'gate Fitness programs! Wellness Workshops offer numerous exercise and body image programs, free for the Colgate community. Also explore other fitness workshops and opportunities offered by Trudy Fitness Center!
Yoga Classes
Recognition and management of the symptoms of stress by using the tools of Yoga; such as posture, breathing techniques, meditation, visualization and progressive relaxation.

Connect with your mind and body while setting aside the stress of everyday life. Join the Colgate Buddhist Community for a biweekly meditation class on Tuesdays from 12:15 to 1:00pm in the Chapel basement.
Tai Chi
An ancient Chinese form of martial art, exercise and self cultivation characterized by slow, balanced and flowing movement. Promotes relaxation, concentration, improved posture, and overall improvement in the function of the mind and body.
Relaxation Skills
The Shaw Wellness Institute now offers students the opportunity to try out relaxation training tools. Benefits include a quieter mind, greater mental clarity and balance, relaxation, and increased focus and concentration.
Therapy Dogs
Join the Shaw Wellness Institute for some canine stress reduction featuring therapy dogs from Wanderer's Rest, the local shelter. There will be several dogs and time for everyone to hang out, chill, and enjoy a study break. Free tea and snacks provided.
Free Condom Fridays
Grab a condom, or even a whole handful on your way to or from lunch at Frank Dining Hall!
Contact peer education leader, Nicole Lue at nlue@colgate.edu for more information.
Brown Bags
The Shaw Wellness Institute offers several brown bag events throughout the semester. Join us for lunchtime discussions, workshops, and lectures. Topics range from nutrition to positive body image. 

Check out the content from Cory Hancock's brown bag on healthy, affordable meal planning here.

The Taking Charge brown bag explored how the female condom empowers women around the globe. Read through the presentation here.