Build connections. Create relationships.

This key Pillar of Wellness is devoted to the development and practice of relationships.  The University of Vermont Wellness Environment aims to assist students in developing additional knowledge, skills, and attitudes that they can take to their relationships with themselves, others, and in mentoring.

The Wellness Environment shares in the UVM Division of Student Affairs mission to celebrate and promote safe and healthy community life for people of all races, ethnicities, religions, national origins, socio-economic classes, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, physical and learning abilities, nationalities, and ages. The WE Relate pillar encourages and facilitates student engagement in this shared mission.

About WE Relate

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  • Promotes healthy, affirming relationships in a positive, judgment-free environment
  • Improves mental health and resilience among college students
  • Increases interpersonal skills, empathy, and assertiveness
  • Inspires young adults through improved self-awareness and confidence

About WE Mentors

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  • Creates a network of mentorship between the greater Burlington area and University of Vermont students
  • Offers training to become a mentor, as well as additional learning experiences from professional


WEmentors is an essential component of WE Relate. Mentorship paves the way for our students to give back to their community in a mutually beneficial relationship. WEmentors is unique in that we provide a mentorship experience that stems from the mentee’s interests, and also includes learning about the four pillars of wellness.


Students who meet with a mentor regularly are. . .

  • 52% less likely to skip classes
  • 46% less likely to abuse illegal drugs
  • 20% less likely to start using alcohol

Mentorship is one of the most powerful interventions to grow communities and facilitate optimal human development.

Join WEmentors!

Contact Jeff Rettew for inquiries about the WEmentors program.