CU Boulder to hold grand opening for new mental health, wellness research institute

The University of Colorado Boulder on Friday will host a grand opening for its newest research institute which will focus on mental health, wellness and community partnerships.

The Renee Crown Wellness Institute, in the center foreground of this aerial photograph, will be celebrated in a grand opening on Friday, Oct. 13, 2022. It is the University of Colorado Boulder’s newest research institute. (University of Colorado Boulder/ Courtesy photo)

The event for the the Renée Crown Wellness Institute will be from 4 to 6:30 pm on Friday at 1135 Broadway. People can register for the event at

The institute was founded in 2019 after Patricia Crown made a donation to the campus in honor of her mother, Renée, and her lifelong dedication to serving others, according to a news release from the campus. After operating out of various locations on campus, and following a $6 million renovation, the institute has found its home at a former art supply store on University Hill.

“I’m incredibly grateful to Patricia Crown for her visionary leadership,” Chancellor Philip DiStefano said in a provided statement. “Health and wellness research, programming and partnerships like those at the Crown Institute have a powerful and long-lasting impact not only on the CU Boulder campus, but within our larger Colorado community and beyond.”

The Crown Institute focuses on interdisciplinary research-practice partnerships that promote the wellness of young people and the systems and adults who support them. Research programs also address disparities in mental health, wellness and education associated with gender, race, ethnicity, linguistic diversity, geography, income, and other structural and systemic inequities.

“To be able to walk into this new home for the Crown Institute and see a tangible representation of its work has been inspiring, to say the least,” Patricia Crown said in a provided statement. “I’m honored to be part of this community and thankful for all our partners who are creating better futures for children and young people.”


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