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Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 10:00am


Mercy College Director of Student Life Felipe Henao attended Healthy Campus Challenge Day at the White House on January 13 to celebrate Mercy College being named a White House Healthy Campus and completing the Healthy Campus Challenge. While at the White House, Henao was also able to meet and talk with first lady Michelle Obama.


Leaders from nearly 60 of the campuses who completed the Healthy Campus Challenge attended the event at the White House to be congratulated for their hard work during the ongoing open enrollment period. Participants heard creative ideas from these schools, and brainstormed ways for them to work together moving forward.


The Healthy Campus Challenge launched in September 2016 to engage college and university campuses in enrollment efforts. Campuses opted in by agreeing to undertake a series of best practices, like emailing all students and faculty with information about open enrollment, amplifying deadlines on social media, holding enrollment events and producing creative online content to reach community members.


White House staff members worked with administrators, students, faculty, staff, alumni, local community leaders and elected officials across the country to spread the word about open enrollment and the marketplace, sharing best practices with them honed over the last four years.


More than 350 campuses from all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico participated in the Challenge and carried out some enrollment activities, with nearly 100 campuses completing all the criteria.


To see coverage of the event, click here.