Healthy living is a choice and a lifestyle, but unless you’re in a supportive environment, it can be challenging. In 2013, UCLA Chancellor Gene Block announced the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) Center, a vision of Jane and Terry Semel and supported by them. Originating at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Semel HCI is fostering a culture of physical, emotional and social well-being.


To make the UCLA the healthiest place to work, learn, and live and to inspire other communities both locally and beyond.


Semel HCI aims to make the healthy choice the easy choice for the more than 85,000 students, faculty, staff and visitors at UCLA.


Semel HCI acts as a spark plug and home for health-related innovation on campus, helping bridge diverse departments and stakeholders and leverage the strengths of individuals and institutions on and off campus. It’s seven thematic subcommittees work to create academic, experiential and structural approaches to living well through curricula, programming, communication and branding, research, operations and service. The initiative draws on UCLA’s world-renowned research and teaching to find new and innovative ways to promote living well on campus, and to share that work with other communities.