Melissa Ruwitch, BA

Assistant Director, Health Promotion

After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in English and Women’s Studies from Colby College in Maine, Ruwitch worked in women’s health advocacy in Washington, D.C. Since 2000, she has served in this role, supporting Washington University undergraduate and graduate/professional students’ academic and personal growth by connecting them with reliable programs, services, resources, and information on priority topics in physical and mental health. She has developed and managed health promotion efforts including the Peer Health Educator (PHE) program, the digital resource libraryCampus Well, Habif social media platforms, BareMail, COVID-19 Care Kits, flu shot events, and the National College Health Assessment. She promotes the programs and communications developed by practicum students and PHEs, the expertise of staff at the Habif Health and Wellness Center, and resources accessible on campus, in St. Louis, and online. In addition, she boosts the efforts of the campus-wide Health and Wellness Committee, the Women’s Health and Empowerment Network, and other campus and community partners devoted to student well-being.