Meet Malika

The University’s first director of wellbeing wants to create opportunities for students to make changes.

From the time Malika Roman Isler (’99) was 5 years old — when she marched for better health care access — to her time as a researcher and medical school teacher, she seemed destined to become the first director of wellbeing at Wake Forest.

Although she was a skilled high school athlete, she wants today’s students to embrace wellness as more than physical fitness and good nutrition.

 “It’s consistent with our institutional mission,” she said. “From the liberal arts perspective of educating the whole person, wellbeing is very much in line with that.”

Malika Roman Isler directs the University’s new Thrive initiative, bringing together existing programs and services and developing new ones to address eight areas of wellbeing: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual. But don’t expect her to reveal the secret to wellness. “We want to shift the message about wellbeing from ‘You need to do this,’ to ‘How can we create the space and opportunities for you to make changes?’ ” – See more at: Wake Forest Magazine, Meet Malika by Kerry M. King (’85):