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 professionals
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield is proud to support WEmentors 



WEmentors program is a partnership between the University of Vermont Wellness Environment and the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families  (VCCYF) and nearby schools allowing students in the Wellness Environment (WE) to mentor children in the local community.

WEmentors is an essential component of WErelate. Mentorship paves the way for our students to give back to their community in a mutually beneficial relationship. WEmentors provides a mentorship experience that stems from the mentee’s interests, and includes learning about the four pillars of wellness. Mentors and mentees meet throughout the year for one hour per week.


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.  Learn more at