Nass Family Gift Establishes Business and Mental Health Initiative at Whitman School

The Martin J. Whitman School of Management has announced the creation of a new initiative to support the personal and professional development of students at the intersection of business and mental health. This new initiative is made possible by her $500,000 donation from David ’91 and Dina Nass ’91 (College of Arts) to address mental health-related issues students may face in school and work help develop the tools and skills needed to While promoting work-life balance, this program enables students entering a stressful business career to confidently identify mental health-related red flags and offer help for themselves and others. Hope it helps to ask.

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Dina ’91 and David Nass ’91

Whitman School Interim Dean Alexander McKelvey said: The programming being created by the generosity of the Nass family is advanced and unusual. Ask students, “What does happiness look like to you?” and “How do you prioritize the important things in life?” and “How will you deal with the challenge?”

“At the end of the day, our goal is to prepare our students for professional and personal success so they can thrive,” McKelvie adds. “Creating this signature initiative that leverages the expertise of the entire campus will help students do just that. increase.”

The development of this new initiative is based on the recent announcement He holds both undergraduate and master’s public health and business programs from the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. Given the new dual programming, building a closer relationship between the two schools was important to the Nass family.

As Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Finance for UBS Investment Bank in New York City, David knows all too well the stress and long hours that come with rising in the banking industry. A psychology major and one time substance abuse counselor, Dina also understands the pressures and prejudices associated with mental health issues in his workplace.

“We believe that mental health awareness is a key factor in being healthy and happy. “It is important to blame,” says David. , is to be able to recognize if and when we need to seek help.These skills, combined with the ability to make informed decisions, give us the opportunity to live a healthy and happy life. You can enjoy a thriving career while providing

This initiative encompasses more than coursework and includes expert guest speakers, symposiums, technology, and presentations on a variety of mental health topics for both graduate and undergraduate students. A formal launch event will be held early in the Fall 2023 semester.

“In preparing our students for lifelong professional success, we seek to equip students with skills that are more important than skills that help them cope with the personal challenges of their students, friends, family, and teammates. I can’t imagine being able to offer it to anyone, and I’m going to face it,” McKelvey says. “Addressing issues related to mental health, such as work-life balance, stress, anxiety, dealing with rejection and burnout, can make students’ lives more fulfilling and enable a more rational outlook on success.” there is potential.”

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