Join U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy for a conversation on how connectedness can improve our wellbeing

November 07, 2023 · 3 min read · By ASU Online
The leading health expert's "We Are Made To Connect College Tour" is stopping at ASU on Monday, Nov. 13, 2023. ASU Online students are encouraged to join in person or watch remotely on ASU Live.

This conversation is brought to you by the ASU Office of the Executive Vice President and University Provost and the ASU WellnessWork Advisory Board.

Recognizing the significant distress that loneliness, social isolation and mental health pose to college-aged Americans, the Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Vivek Murthy, launched the national “We Are Made to Connect Tour." He is traveling to colleges across the country to talk to students like you about how you can incorporate moments of connection into your daily life to help improve your mental health and well-being.

The Surgeon General was the 2023 spring commencement speaker, and ASU welcomes him back.

A special event for ASU students

Dr. Murthy will host an intimate conversation about the challenges of mental health and the risks of social isolation. He will share inspiring ways for you to build community and connections to help you lead a happy, fulfilling life. Following the talk, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and meet Dr. Murthy.

Monday, Nov. 13, 2023
Tempe campus, Memorial Union, Arizona Ballroom (Google Maps)

Check-in: 4 - 4:30 p.m.
Program: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.


About U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy

Vice Admiral Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2021 to serve as the 21st Surgeon General of the United States. As the nation’s top doctor, Dr. Vivek Murthy helps to advance the health and well-being of all Americans and has worked to address critical public health issues. He has issued Surgeon General Advisories on the youth mental health crisis and social media’s impact on youth mental health, the epidemic of loneliness and isolation, and on burnout in the health worker community. Dr. Murthy also issued a Surgeon General’s Framework on mental health in the workplace and he is the first Surgeon General to host a podcast, House Calls with Dr. Vivek Murthy, where he invites guests and listeners to explore how we can all build more connected and meaningful lives.

Dr. Murthy previously served as the 19th Surgeon General under President Obama. Raised in Miami, Dr. Murthy received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard, his medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine, and his Masters in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management.


Featuring ASU student and 2022 Miss America Emma Broyles

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Emma Broyles is a senior studying biomedical sciences in Barrett, The Honors College at ASU with a minor in voice performance. Her goal is to pursue medical school and become a dermatologist.

In 2022, Emma became the first Miss Alaska and the first Korean American to be crowned Miss America. During her year as Miss America, she traveled nearly 20,000 miles a month to advocate for causes she support, including the Special Olympics.

Emma believes in maintaining transparency as a public figure and has used her platform to bring awareness to youth mental health.


Have a friend in need? Learn how to A.S.K. (Acknowledge. Support. Keep-in-touch.)

Prior to the surgeon general’s conversation in the Arizona Ballroom of the Memorial Union, MTV and Active Minds will host an ASKtivation outside the Memorial Union from 2 to 4:30 p.m. to help you learn what you need to know to support your friends, family, colleagues and anybody in your life when they need you.

The event will feature a DIY art activation. Stop by on your way to the event. Bring a friend. The best way to help is to A.S.K.

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Ask the Surgeon General a question that may be answered during the Q&A – all questions will originate from ASU students.


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