COVID-19: Bakken Center Information and Resources

All in-person academic courses will be delivered online for the remainder of the semester.

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
  • Celeste Headlee's Wellbeing Lecture, "10 Ways to Have Better Conversations," will be held online via Zoom. Tickets are still available. If you've already purchased tickets, please check your email for attendance instructions. Please contact mindprg@umn.edu for more information.
  • StressBusters, our weekly drop-in stress reduction opportunity for the University campus, will be held online effective immediately. Register here.

University Updates

University Updates

  • Beginning March 18, 2020, all in-person instruction on all University campuses will be suspended. Students, contact your instructor for further guidance. Instructors, further guidance can be provided by the Provost’s Office. For more information about how this impacts your Center class, please contact the Center's Student Services team at csh-academics@umn.edu
  • All employees should review President Gabel’s March 16 message for guidance on working remotely and find additional guidance on compensation in the President's March 18 message
  • University events with an attendance of 50 people or more have been canceled for the Spring 2020 semester. In addition, all athletic competitions have been canceled. Commencements are postponed and the following form is currently open for suggestions on alternatives.
  • The University has canceled all study and education abroad programs. Students studying abroad are required to return to the U.S. by Friday, March 20. All returning travelers will be expected to comply with guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health pertaining to returning to their communities.
  • 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. 

UMN Student Information:

  • Academic Courses: All coursework on all five University of Minnesota campuses is 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, the Center's weekly free drop in stress management opportunity, will be offered online each Tuesday at noon. StressBusters is free, but registration is required.
  • The University has developed an FAQ page for students that will answer your common concerns; the Office of Student Affairs has also created a page that answers many common questions about student life at the U during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Office of Information Technology has posted information that seeks to assist your common technology questions. If you are a graduate student, visit the Grad School's Resources page.
  • While all Spring 2020 commencements are postponed, you must continue to apply for graduation in the normal manner. If you meet the requirements for graduation you will graduate. As is standard procedure, graduates will receive their degree via U.S. Mail. Students who fulfill the requirements will still earn their degree.
  • Tips for Responding to Bias, Harassment, and/or Discrimination: Ideas for International Students, Scholars, and Others is provided by the University's Global Programs and Strategy Alliance

  • Stay up to date with the latest University announcements by visiting the Safe U COVID-19 Information page

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.

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