About the Graduate School Office of Well-Being


The Graduate School Office of Well-Being (GROW) is a collaboration between the Graduate School and the division of Student Life & Engagement. Our office is deeply committed to supporting graduate and professional student well-being, which we believe to be the foundation for academic, career, and life success. In support of the academic mission of MSU and in collaboration with campus partners, we work diligently to ensure that graduate and professional students are provided with meaningful opportunities to improve their overall well-being, helping them to thrive together while achieving their academic and professional goals.

Specifically, GROW improves graduate student success by:

  • Helping students understand and value the well-being of themselves and their communities and developing attitudes and behaviors that support well-being.
  • Facilitating meaningful connections to Michigan State University and strengthening a sense of community and belonging. 
  • Providing resources, workshops, and support for well-being.
  • Preparing graduate and professional students for future leadership roles at MSU and beyond.
  • Consulting with faculty, staff, and administrators about professional development, well-being, and student health concerns in order to identify opportunities for growth.


In 2007, the Graduate School at Michigan State University introduced the Graduate Wellness by Design initiative to systematically collaborate and investigate the various barriers that students encounter in pursuit of their advanced degrees. In order to gain a comprehensive understanding of graduate student health and wellness, key campus administrators were invited to participate on a graduate wellness by design committee. Using a logic-based approach, the committee assessed the current state of health and wellness at MSU, used institutional and national data to create programming specifics (structure, funding, and communications), implemented pilot programs, and evaluated and assessed their effectiveness. From that effort and vision, the office of Graduate Student Life & Wellness was born.

Since 2007, this office has evolved into a robust and comprehensive office that addresses the diverse well-being needs of the MSU graduate student population. Our programs, events and workshops are designed to help participants gain skills that will better prepare them to address challenges of graduate education that impact their well-being. In 2023, the name of the office was changed to the Graduate School Office of Well-Being (GROW) to more accurately reflect its work and vision. 


Well-Being Programs and Resources

  • Creating and facilitating tailored workshops at orientations, in classrooms, on demand, etc. Topics include stress management, self-advocacy, imposterism, motivation, and more.
  • Dissertation Support Groups: a 6-week series offering practical tips in a supportive community of PhD students engaged in the dissertation process.
  • Connecting students to well-being resources across campus

Leadership Institute

  • Fall and Spring Leadership Series: three-part series held in the fall and spring open to all graduate/professional students focused on building leadership skills
  • Leadership Fellows Program: year-long cohort-based experience where Fellows implement change-oriented leadership projects focused on improving graduate student outcomes/experiences. $2,000 annual stipend. Applications due in mid-March.

Also available for:

  • Consultations to connect students with appropriate resources
  • Individual wellness coaching for students


Click here to get to know the GROW team