Leah Berkenwald, M.A.

Assistant Director of Student Wellness

Coordinator of Alcohol & Other Drug Services

Leah Berkenwald joined Babson College in July 2016 as the Assistant Director of Student Wellness/Coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drug Services. In this role Leah designs, implements, and evaluates prevention and education initiatives on a number of student wellness topics including alcohol and other drugs, mental health and resiliency, sexual health, body positivity and eating disorders, hazing, and sleep. She also provides alcohol and other drug services such as Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) and individual consultations. Leah is thrilled to support the Peers on Wellness student group and to provide a comfortable space for all Babson students to explore and develop wellness strategies to support their academic and professional success and enhance their personal wellbeing.

Prior to coming to Babson, Leah was a Health Initiatives Coordinator at the Skorton Center for Health Initiatives at Cornell University. She was part of a team that developed “Intervene”, an original bystander intervention video and workshop demonstrating the various ways undergraduate and graduate students can intervene in instances of bias, emotional distress, sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, hazing, and alcohol poisoning. She also spearheaded Body Positive Cornell, an initiative developed in partnership with The Body Positive™.  Body Positive Cornell promotes holistic wellness practices that increase physical, mental, and emotional health and vitality using a weight-neutral, self-empowerment model. Leah also served as the Coordinator of Wellness Education at Wentworth Institute of Technology, where she supervised the Student Wellness Education and Empowerment Team (SWEET) and created the “Be a WIThero” bystander intervention campaign and workshop. In 2014, she received Wentworth’s Innovate Award in recognition of her work on the “Be a WIThero” program.

Leah earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in American Studies from Brandeis University and the University of Nottingham, respectively. Before entering the field of college health promotion she worked as a social media and online communications specialist. In 2012, she completed her second master’s degree in health communication with a focus on health literacy, behavior change, and social marketing from Emerson College in collaboration with the Tufts School of Medicine.

Contact Information

Leah Berkenwald
Assistant Director of Student Wellness
Reynolds Campus Center
Room 137