About Us

University Recreation and Wellness Mission

Our mission is to serve all students and the greater University community by enriching the campus experience and encouraging lifelong wellbeing. We are driven to develop leaders, foster supportive relationships, and inspire active living through recreation and wellness.

Goals of Department

  • Model a welcoming and supportive environment by promoting a culture of inclusion, respect, and wellbeing through education and shared experiences. 
  • Challenge personal and professional growth while encouraging leadership development.
  • Connect and collaborate with partners to support academic and co-curricular success.
  • Provide opportunities and activities that mobilize active, healthy engagement in programs, services, and facilities to inspire lifelong wellbeing.
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Equity + Diversity + Inclusion

RecWell Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI)


Encouraging and supporting the inclusion of differences through recreation and wellness.

2020-21 Goals
  • Create a welcoming and inclusive culture within RecWell where everyone belongs.
  • Implement diversity and inclusion awareness training for staff.

For questions about RecWell's EDI initiatives, please contact us at [email protected]

Advisory Board

We Want To Hear From You

The purpose of the University Recreation and Wellness Advisory Board (URWAB) is to advise University Recreation and Wellness (URW) on matters relating to the overall operation (programs, facilities, and services) of the department. The Board shall recommend activities which represent the expressed needs of the students, staff and faculty on the Twin Cities campus. Additionally, the Board shall provide administrative review and oversight of the annual Student Services Fees Request and Appropriation. The Director, with recommendation from the Board, shall interpret and establish policy, mission, and goals.

Student organizations are represented with an expectation to review minutes and agenda prior to meetings and convey timely information and updates to their student constituents.  The URWAB members commit to meet on a monthly basis (historically in the mornings on Fridays) where academic and university schedules allow.  The proposed eight (8) meetings take place monthly from September-April). Student and non-student reps advocate for their constituents while providing updates, concerns and questions brought forward from their respective organizations and in alignment with the work, mission and goals of the department. 

Emphasis is placed on financial effectiveness and efficiency with respect to the relationship between student fee funding and self-generated income. Reps are asked to attend all meetings and prepare through reading of minutes and sharing of information to and from their represented stakeholders. Proxy reps for meetings unable to attend are requested. While not a requirement of service to the URWAB, reps who are active members of URW programs and facilities are preferred.

If you have a comment or question for the Advisory Board, please contact [email protected]

2020-2021 Advisory Board Members

Name Organization/Department Term End
Student Representatives  
UJ Bhowmik (Chair) Professional Student Government May 2022
(Vice Chair) Katherine Chicoine At-Large Representative  
Avery Ward At-Large Representative December 2021
Sword Al-Zadjali At-Large Representative   
VACANT Minnesota Student Association  
VACANT Minnesota Student Association  
Areeya Reynolds Panhellenic Council December 2021
Katherine Chicoine Housing and Residential Life May 2021
Mason Thimjon Interfraternity Council December 2021
Eva Garcia / Richard Gavilan-Blaz Multicultural Greek Council  
Leo Ma / Ky Nguyen International Student Scholar Services  
VACANT Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence  
VACANT National Pan-Hellenic Council  
Staff/Faculty Representatives  
Peg Hanssen Civil Service May 2021
Breanne Krzyzanowski Schoole of Nursing May 2022
Brandi Hoffman School of Kinesiology May 2022
Kevin Ross Capital Project Management May 2021
Dr. George Brown Recreation and Wellness  
Staff Advisors  
Rahul Rajan Recreation and Wellness - Facilities December 2021
Kaiti Goff Recreation and Wellness - Aquatics May 2022
De'Jha Pontoo Recreation and Wellness - Member Services May 2023
Finance Sub-Committee  
Karen Lovro Recreation and Wellness - Finance  


RecWell Excellence Fund

Making a Gift to Recreation & Wellness

Thank you for considering a gift to University Recreation and Wellness. The financial commitment University students make to RecWell through student fees have historically made programs and services successful.

However, private philanthropy from alumni and friends inevitably make programs better, all while easing the expense put on students.

Investing in Our Future

A gift to RecWell is an investment in the overall wellness of students and it additionally supports positive outcomes in the classroom and in college life respectively.

Give to Excellence Fund