Safety & Wellness

White Paper Report 2015-2016

+ Meet the Chairs: Ben Webel and Rachel Murphy

Ben Webel


Ben Webel is a third year majoring in History and Spanish.  Outside of StudCo, he is a member of IVCF and tutors at Buford Middle School.  He’s looking forward to working with the other safety-related organizations of both UVa and the greater Charlottesville area to educate students on the resources available and foster a safer environment.

 College ’17

Rachel Murphy


Rachel Murphy is a fourth year majoring in Government with a minor in Spanish and is a candidate for the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate. When she’s not chasing around energetic first graders as a Sunday School teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas or serving as the Social Media Chair for Kappa Delta Sorority, she is serving on the University’s General Safety and Security Committee as a student representative. Rachel and Becca are excited to be working with their team of dedicated and passionate committee members to facilitate tangible strides toward a safer environment for all members of our University community.

 College ’16

Meeting Time: TBD

The Safety and Wellness Committee is a group of committed members who focus on promoting and strengthening safety and wellness in the University community. While several committee members are involved in many groups around grounds that advocate safety and wellness initiatives, the majority of our members are not; they actively seek to improve and disseminate information about student safety resources and to improve the resources available to students.

Recent News & Updates: [catlist name=safety-wellness]

Past Committee initiatives include:

  • SafeWalk
  • SAFE Day (Safety Awareness Food Extravaganza): an event that invites dozens of groups involved in safety and wellness issues to share their resources with students, especially first years new to the University.
  • The Lighten’ Up Campaign: a program providing lighting for off-Grounds housing.