Munger Case Competition

2020 Case Competition:


This year, Munger Graduate Residences has partnered with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) to ask teams of students to address issues impacting student wellness on the University of Michigan Campus.

Well-being is a life-long journey.

The University of Michigan is committed to creating a culture of well-being for its faculty, staff and community. Through a collaboration between MHealthy and Student Life, a model was created that identifies eight key dimensions of personal well-being. The philosophy embraces the concept that well-being encompasses the whole person, with many factors affecting your quality of life and playing a part in achieving balance, purpose, and vitality in your career and at home. Consider these eight dimensions on the diagram to the right as you consider how you could impact wellness on this campus.

8 Dimensions of Wellness

  • Physical: Practicing healthy behaviors around physical activity, nutrition, sleep, substance use, preventive exams; managing chronic conditions.
  • Emotional & Mental: Thriving while fully experiencing the diverse range of human emotions, experiences and vulnerabilities.
  • Environmental: Living in, working in and contributing to safe, healthy, and sustainable environments.
  • Financial: Developing knowledge and skills for managing financial decisions.
  • Occupational: Sustaining personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work.
  • Social: Developing a sense of connection and belonging, having a well-developed support system, and contributing to a healthy inclusive community.
  • Intellectual: Pursuing knowledge and skill development.
  • Spiritual: Expanding our sense of purpose and meaning in life.

Challenge for Student Teams

Using a fictional $100,000 of seed money, your challenge is to create an action plan to effectively address issues impacting campus wellness. The Case Competition team has also included a few prompts; these prompts have been crafted from recent studies completed at the University of Michigan. Teams are free to address any of these specific prompts impacting campus wellness or address another wellness issue of their choosing. Each member of the winning team will receive $1000 and all members of the 2 runner up teams will receive $250

The following trends have been identified. Consider the following:

  • After consuming more than 4 drinks, students report that undesirable consequences are more likely to occur than not. What can we do to better educate students regarding the negative consequences of drug and alcohol use?
  • Perceptions of one's safety has a large impact on students' wellness on our campus. This includes navigating inclusive or exclusive spaces. How can we make our campus a safer and more inclusive/accessible space for all?
  • How can we increase normalization of seeking mental health care?
  • Stress, anxiety, depression, and sleep difficulties are the top reported impediments to academic success. How can we better support students experiencing these issues?
  • Many students struggle with "imposer syndrome." How do we help foster a sense of belonging and academic support for all students?
  • Despite the rise of a multitude of social networks (i.e Instagram, Facebook, Twitter), many students actually feel very isolated. How do we combat these feelings of isolation and help students develop richer social groups?

Please utilize the following reports to discover additional campus wellness information!

National College Health Assessment

U of M College Student Mental Health Survey Phase V

Important Dates

October 21 9:00pm: Registration opens

January 26th, 11:59pm: Presentations & posters due

January 30th, 5:30pm: Case Competition Showcase

Related Events-

10/28: Mindfulness Sessions at Angel Hall- Enjoy this half hour of mindfulness instruction and learn more about mindfulness practices

10/30: Hawkeye the Therapy Dog at UHS- Engage with Hawkeye and learn more about his positive campus impact.

11/1: Koru Mindfulness Classes Session 1- First session of a 4 session course. Learn how to incorporate Koru Mindfulness into your life

11/5: Staying Grounded while Navigating Decisions: Gain new skills and resources to help reduce stress by staying grounded

11/7: Munger Wellness Break: Stop by the CAPS Wellness Zone! Enjoy the massage chairs, sun lamps, snacks, and other wellness resources

11/13: BLI Pause, Reflect, and Create: Explore wellness through reflective creative expression.

11/13: Meals with Faculty:The Spectrum Center invites LGBTQ+ graduate students for a meal to connect with LGBTQ+ faculty and researchers

11/21: Munger Wellness Break: Stop by the CAPS Wellness Zone! Enjoy the massage chairs, sun lamps, snacks, and other wellness resources

1/21: Distress Signals: The performance about student and faculty interaction is interspersed with facilitated discussion

The Munger Case Competition Showcase is held on the 8th Floor of the Munger Graduate Residences Building, located at 540 Thompson St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. All members of the University of Michigan and surrounding communities are invited to attend.

For more information about the Case Competition, please contact Michael Rupert at