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Career Spotlight: Working in College Health and Well-Being

February 16 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm EST

Did you know that colleges and universities all over the nation are investing in their students’ well-being, and there is a growing need for public health professionals in student affairs? This webinar provides an exclusive opportunity to hear from Dr. Raphael Florestal-Kevelier, President of the American College Health Association and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Health & Wellness at the University of Illinois Chicago. During this session, Dr. Florestal-Kevelier shares information about his experiences as a scholar, researcher, practicing public health practitioner, and student affairs leader. Additionally, he answers your questions about how to get involved in college health and well-being.


Joanne Williams, MPH
Director of Student Engagement
Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

Joanne Williams completed her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Virginia Tech in 2015, before pursuing a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA. During her service year, she advised a team of undergraduate and graduate students in Virginia Tech Student Affairs, where she focused on public health projects related to food security and sustainability in Appalachian Communities. After completing her service year, Joanne pursued her Master of Public Health Degree at the Rollins School of Public Health, where she focused on her areas of interest: college health and health promotion. Joanne graduated from the Behavioral, Social, and Health Education Sciences Program in 2018, and now serves as the Director of Student Engagement at the Rollins School of Public Health. Joanne serves as an advisor to over 200 students, and is responsible for overseeing areas of Student Engagement, including student leadership, health and well-being, community and belonging, and transition programs. She is the current Chair of the Student Services Assembly for the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health.

Raphael Florestal-Kevelier, PhD, MPH
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Health and Well-Being
University of Illinois Chicago

Dr. Raphael Florestal-Kevelier is a national award-winning public health and higher education scholar-practitioner, recognized for his efforts to promote health equity in university contexts. He currently serves as the inaugural assistant vice chancellor for student health and well-being at University of Illinois Chicago, leading the integration of the institution’s health promotion, student health, counseling, and recreation programs and services, while shepherding their Health Promoting University Initiative. Having lead health promotion efforts on several campuses, including Columbia University and Emory University, Dr. Florestal-Kevelier is committed to cultivating campus environments in which all students can thrive by centering diversity, equity, and inclusion principles in his college health and well-being efforts. As a clinical assistant professor of community health sciences at UIC’s school of public health and a faculty affiliate in gender and women’s studies, Dr. Florestal-Kevelier enjoys introducing higher education and public health scholars and practitioners to universities as critical practice settings for public health. Committed to addressing issues that impact the health and well-being of campus communities nationally, Dr. Florestal-Kevelier serves as the President-elect of the American College Health Association and a Founding Member of the Collaborative Center for Restorative Practices in Higher Education. He has contributed to several peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of College Student Development and the Journal of College Student Orientation, Transition, and Retention. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Dr. Florestal-Kevelier earned a BS and MPH from Emory University and his PhD in counseling and human development from the University of Georgia.

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