GW Students Encouraged to ‘Be Wiser’ about Their Health

Health Promotion and Prevention Services invites “Courageous Leadership” speaker Mike Dilbeck to headline week of events.

Mike Dilbeck
Speaker Mike Dilbeck will offer his unique message on bystander intervention titled, "ResponseAbility: The Revolution for Courageous Leadership" for the keynote address for Be Wiser week, this week. (Courtesy of
October 26, 2015

By Brittney Dunkins

George Washington University students will learn to prioritize wellness during the annual Be Wiser Week, hosted this week by Health Promotion and Prevention Services (HPPS).

The roster of events includes workshops on bystander intervention, time management and coping with adversity, the second annual Boo Bash Halloween party on Oct. 30 and a headlining event with speaker Mike Dilbeck. Mr. Dilbeck’s talk on “ResponseAbility: The Revolution for Courageous Leadership” is the foundation for the George’s Heroes bystander intervention training.

“This year Be Wiser Week will promote the expanded mission of HPPS as a part of the Colonial Health Center by providing students with the tools to make healthy decisions in all aspects of their lives at GW,” said HPPS Associate Director Alexis Janda. “Mike Dilbeck will also share a powerful message with the university community on Wednesday and host three private ‘deep dive sessions’ with athletes, emerging Greek life leaders, and staff and faculty.”

View a full list of upcoming Be Wiser Week events below.

Monday, Oct. 26

Happiness Workshop
5 p.m., Mount Vernon Campus, Academic Building, Room 119
Learn tips for coping with adversity and managing wellness during the workshop on the “tools of happiness.”

Bystander Intervention: George’s Heroes
7 p.m., J Street, Columbian Square
This training session will teach Colonials to step in and stand up for others with the principles of bystander intervention

Tuesday, Oct. 27

Social Host: Power Hour Workshop
7 p.m., Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, Room 219
Learn to host social events responsibly at this event, which will offer GW procedures for registering events with alcohol.

Wednesday, Oct. 28

Overcoming Procrastination Workshop
5 p.m., Multicultural Student Services Center
This workshop will tackle the consequences of procrastination and offer time management tactics.

Courageous Leadership
7:30 p.m., Charles E. Smith Center
Mr. Dilbeck will offer a keynote address to the GW community on how being a “courageous leader” will contribute to the overall health and wellness of the university.

Thursday, Oct. 29

How Will You Be Wiser?
11 a.m., Kogan Plaza
Colonials can share their plans to “Be Wiser” by writing on a banner in Kogan Plaza at this outdoor awareness event hosted by HPPS.

Mount Vernon Campus Cookout for Campus Safety
4 p.m., Mount Vernon Campus Quad
Halloween safety gets a fun spin at this outdoor barbecue featuring games and arts and crafts.

Friday, Oct. 30

Boo Bash
7 p.m., Kogan Plaza
Get in the spooky spirit of Halloween at this outdoor fair featuring a photo booth, a barbecue, music, costume contest and more. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume.