This February the Holistic Research Center (HRC) at JFKU will open the doors to a brand new community space on campus. While the HRC is not new, and has been supporting students, faculty, and alumni for the past two years in getting their research projects off the ground, the new physical space will allow the center to expand and ground its work in exciting new ways.

For the past two years, the HRC has been providing an institutional structure assisting students, faculty, and alumni in the holistic mental health field to collaborate on projects, connect to financial and administrative support, and maintain motivation for researching, publishing, and presenting. The Center also hosts public-facing programming such as film screenings, an annual symposium, and other community gatherings. The new HRC space will allow the Center to add a whole new dimension to its support services and programming.

According to Zvi Bellin, Director of the HRC, the space will serve as a community gathering point where people can get together to conduct research onsite, support each other’s research, discuss challenges, and celebrate successes. “It will be a place to dream research of the future into reality,” says Bellin, “especially research that prioritizes respect and equity for all involved.”

In its new space, the HRC will host support groups for researchers, onsite research projects such as the community-based self-reflexive narrative study conducted this January, and public-facing events, one of the first of which will be the grand opening celebration this February. This event will include a ritual, guest speakers, and student-lead meditation, as well as remarks from President Bean.

The new Holistic Research Center indicates exciting times ahead for the future of holistic mental health research at JFKU. It also brings yet another enriching offering for inquiry and interaction to the community at large.

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