Unpack U

Unpack U 2020:
The Trials

Fall semester is in the books! Check out our ‘Year in Review’ for 2020. Starting the spring semester with more innovative programs, we designed our initiatives to empower U to improve your mental health and wellbeing.

In the 2021 Winter Semester, Unpack U launches U Prize! Do you have an idea that creates a healthier level of mental wellness for our Pittsburgh university community. If so, pitch us for funding, support, mentorship and amplification. We look for bold ideas and passionate leaders that need immediate funding to make Pittsburgh and the world a happier place.

Ideas range from a virtual event that reaches millions to a technology solution that raises our happiness level. Not sure how you will deliver every last detail? Still submit for consideration. Funding for selected U Prize initiatives range from $250 to $2,500 as the starting point.

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Spiritual Wellness: Spiritual wellness (for those who identify as spiritual or religious) is developed by nurturing and deepening your sense of connectedness to your faith or spiritual beliefs

Physical Wellness:Physical wellness is developed by attending to your body’s daily needs, such as sleep, nutrition, movement, and exercise, engaging in preventative health care, and attending to medical needs, such as taking prescribed medications or resting when sick.

Emotional Wellness: Emotional wellness is developed by consistently engaging the habits, routines, and resources (including resources outside yourself, such as social support) that help you to stay emotionally balanced.

Social Wellness:  Social wellness is developed by seeking out and maintaining healthy attachments and connections to others - including repairing relationships when needed.

Environmental Wellness: Environmental wellness is developed by attending to  and respecting our physical environment to ensure that it is healthy, safe, and comfortable.

Intellectual Wellness: Intellectual wellness is developed by engaging in activities that further develop our abilities and skills and finding new ways to challenge ourselves to learn and increase our knowledge.

Financial Wellness: Financial wellness is developed by learning the skills and knowledge needed to manage your finances now and in the future.


Unpack U fosters a culture of physical and virtual campus community emphasizing the importance of mental well-being through community and a strategic network of partners. Launching in Pittsburgh, we leverage the commitment of 11 local universities to implement innovative programming and educational opportunities, while simultaneously serving as a bridge to existing proven resources.

Unpack U drops fun, exciting and enlightening content and events designed to build connections from anywhere – in your dorms, at home, on Zoom or on social media. Continuing into 2021, Unpack U leads with a student-driven, bottom up approach – through initiatives such as the ambassador program, our student-led commUnity series and more. To learn about our upcoming programming, visit our calendar page. 


Pitch Day: A handful of the video submissions receive an invitation to attend our virtual broadcast.
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Unpack U emphasizes the importance of well-being by implementing innovative programming, educational opportunities, and connecting college students to existing resources. Connect with us below!

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