COVID-19: Bakken Center Information and Resources

All academic courses will be delivered online this summer.

The Integrative Health & Wellbeing Coaching program application date has been extended to July 15, 2020, for students interested in beginning the program in Fall 2020.

With a primary focus on health and wellbeing, the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing has unique resources to offer the University and community during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and aligning our actions with Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations. For more information, visit the SAFE U website.

In the tabs below, you will find health and wellbeing resources for health organizations, business leaders, students, and the general public. We will be adding new content regularly, so please bookmark this page and visit us frequently.

Cancellations/Postponements

Cancellations/Postponements

  • Academic Courses: All coursework on all five University of Minnesota campuses is currently being delivered online. For more information about how this impacts your Center class, please contact the Center's Student Services team at csh-academics@umn.edu
  • StressBusters, our weekly drop-in stress reduction opportunity for the University campus, is held online each Tuesday. Register here.

University Updates

University Updates

  • On May 1, President Gabel’s systemwide message shared the Sunrise Plan, which includes a process for certain faculty and staff to request a return to their worksite using this form, as well as guidelines for all University units as they begin to plan for employees to return.​​​
  • Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz issued a “stay at home” order for the State of Minnesota until Monday, May 18. This executive action directs all Minnesotans, including the University community, to stay home and limit trips elsewhere to critical needs only. See President Gabel’s March 25  and April 9 messages.
  • The University Board of Regents passed a Comprehensive Student Refund Plan, which provides guidance on student expenses and fees, and outlines appropriate financial credit for these items in light of changes to University operations in response to the public health challenges of COVID-19. See President Gabel’s April 3 and April 7 messages.
  • All summer non-curricular events for May and June are to be cancelled (unless they can be offered online). A systemwide virtual commencement is scheduled for May 16. Review President Gabel's April 28 message.
  • In-person instruction on all University campuses is suspended through the end of the Summer 2020 semester. Students, contact your instructor for further guidance. Instructors, additional resources for alternative modes of instruction are linked below.
  • Most University buildings systemwide now require a U Card or other secure means of access, consistent with the protocol for each of our campuses. Review President Gabel’s March 16 message for additional information.

Health Professionals

If you are a healthcare provider that is working on the frontline, thank you for all that you are doing. Your commitment to patient care is nothing short of heroic. While you are taking care of others, it is important that you also take care of your own health and wellbeing. We have compiled some resources below that may be of help. If we are missing something that you would like to see, or you would like to tell us which resources you found most helpful - give us feedback.

If you are a healthcare leader, you want to do everything you can to support your team’s wellbeing in these unprecedented times. The good news is there is much you can do.

The University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing has developed these wellbeing resources for your use - they are designed to be practical, customizable, and easily deployed through every communication channel and in your own personal communication style. Here, you will find content for use in huddles, in written communications, in meetings - however you are communicating with your team.

Teams want to know their leaders genuinely care about their wellbeing - this can’t be overstated. You can demonstrate your authentic caring and commitment in ways large and small, day in and day out. We hope these wellbeing resources will help you feel supported as a leader as you work to support your team during this difficult time.


We also invite you to explore the resources for the general public in the "Community" tab of this page.

Leaders and Organizations

As a leader, you want to do everything you can to support your team’s wellbeing in these unprecedented times. The good news is there is much you can do.

The University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing has developed these wellbeing resources for your use - they are designed to be practical, customizable, and easily deployed through every communication channel in your own personal communication style. Here you will find content for use in huddles, in written communications, in meetings - however you are communicating with your team.

Teams want to know their leaders genuinely care about their wellbeing - this can’t be overstated. You can demonstrate your authentic caring and commitment in ways large and small, day in and day out. We hope these wellbeing resources will help you feel supported as a leader as you work to support your team during this difficult time. 

These resources are now available in the "Health Professionals" and "Community" tabs of this page. Please share these resources with your team and anyone else who would benefit.

Students

The Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing understands that the COVID-19 pandemic can add many stressors to your college experience. We invite you to explore the "Community" tab of this website where you'll find many resources that may be of help during this time of great change and uncertainty. Information about University of Minnesota student life, student affairs, technology, and more may be found below. If you have questions regarding your experience as a student at the Center, please contact your professor or csh-academics@umn.edu. We also encourage you to visit our Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing website, where you'll find tips about stress prevention and reduction, purpose, relationships, environment, videos and articles with wellbeing experts, and more. 

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Community

The Center's Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing website offers an extensive set of articles, videos, and online activities (including online wellbeing assessments and goal setting) about ways to enhance your wellbeing. Below are a series of tips cultivated from this website for this time of great change and uncertainty.

Mariann Johnson has made some wonderful at-home yoga and meditation videos that you can view here:

If you are a health professional, we invite you to explore the resources in the "Health Professionals" tab of this page.