About Us

We are the Rev. James E. McDonald, C.S.C., Center for Student Well-Being, but our friends call us McWell.

Founded on the strength of a friendship

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The McDonald Center for Student Well-Being was endowed in 2014 by Notre Dame graduate, Mark Gallogly, and his wife, Lise Strickler, in honor of their great friend, Rev. James E. McDonald, C.S.C.  The generosity of naming the Center after their friend models the lifelong connections that we hope our students will form at Notre Dame by caring for and supporting one another.

What we do

We foster students' lifelong well-being. Click the image to the right to explore our department's framework communication piece.

The McDonald Center for Student Well-Being strategically assesses the environment and creates structures for wellness enhancement and risk reduction. Using evidence-based practices and collaborating with a range of campus partners, we work collectively to provide initiatives, services, and resources that support the eight dimensions of well-being.

Our vision

Our vision is to empower students for success in achieving balance anchored in the pursuit of lifelong well-being. 

Our mission

Our mission is to cultivate a healthy campus environment where students thrive through the integration of mind, body, and spirit consistent with the Holy Cross charism of the University of Notre Dame.