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LIFE Initiatives

University Initiatives

Designed to change the world based on Lasting Purpose: To Give, To Do, To Love, To Serve – Out of a Sense of Abundance.

Global Initiatives

Global Initiatives supports the development, establishment and success of Chiropractic and a vitalistic paradigm around the world.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. John Downes, Vice President for Global Initiatives

Healthcare Policy

LIFE’s healthcare policy task force works to define, develop and promote relevant policy positions in areas of health and wellness that are in keeping with its organizational and clinical philosophy.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Gerry Clum, Director of Healthcare Policy

Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics

The Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics at Life University is dedicated to developing and promoting empirically-based programs that foster the human values most conducive to individual, social and environmental flourishing through research, dialogue, education and community empowerment.

The Center seeks to engender a world in which people act out of an awareness of our common humanity, innate potential, and inherent interdependence, as expressed in the University’s values of neo-vitalism and Lasting Purpose.


  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Community Empowerment
  • Transformational Leadership

The Chillon Project

The Chillon Project takes its name from the poem by Lord Byron entitled “The Prisoner of Chillon.” Life University’s founder and first president, Dr. Sid Williams, used to recite passages of this poem to convey caution regarding the environments that influence our lives. He noted Byron’s key message: “So much a long communion tends to make us what we are.” The question before us at Life University became, “Could there be a way for us to help change the calculus of the American prison environment by altering the ‘communion’ of those at the center of it all?”

The Chillon Project is an undertaking of Life University’s Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics (CCISE) together with the Georgia State Department of Corrections (GDC) to introduce full Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree programs in Georgia’s correctional facilities. This will be the first full degree program to be offered by a college or university based in the state of Georgia, and one of the few such programs in the entire Southeast. Another highly innovative feature of the project is that it will include scholarships for correctional officers employed by GDC to also have access to higher education.

Download the Chillon brochure here.

Compassionate Integrity Training

Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) is a multi-part training program that cultivates basic human values as skills for the purpose of increasing individual, social and environmental flourishing. By covering a range of skills from self-regulation and self-compassion to compassion for others and engagement with complex systems, CIT focuses on and builds towards compassionate integrity: the ability to live one’s life in accordance with one’s values with a recognition of common humanity, our basic orientation to kindness, and reciprocity.

The Basis of Our Work
CIT is based on cutting-edge developments in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, trauma-informed care, peace and conflict studies, and contemplative science, and builds off of work done by Daniel Goleman (author of the book Emotional Intelligence) and Peter Senge, initiatives in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), and other areas. Its development has been aided by the collaborative work of a team of experts with both academic and applied backgrounds in these areas.

The Program
CIT is normally facilitated in eleven two-hour sessions covering the following topics:

Foundational Concepts
Series I: Self-Cultivation
1. Calming Body and Mind
2. Ethical Mindfulness
3. Emotional Awareness
4. Self-Compassion

Series II: Relating to Others
5. Impartiality and Common Humanity
6. Forgiveness and Gratitude
7. Empathic Concern
8. Compassion

Series III: Engaging in Systems
9. Appreciating Interdependence
10. Engaging with Discernment

The Octagon

LIFE established The Octagon for world-changing dialogues on healthcare and the human endeavor. For the last three years, conferences and work groups have convened to address the need for a new, vitalistically based paradigm as a way of reframing how we look at subjects such as health, growth, development and healing.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Gerry Clum, Director of Octagon

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NeuroLIFE Institute

NeuroLIFE Institute (NLI) is an applied clinical neuroscience clinic located on the campus of Life University. The NLI’s mission is to provide the highest level chiropractic neurological care and to be a resource for patients and doctors locally, nationally and internationally.

The expert practitioners at NLI use advanced technology and groundbreaking research to diagnose and care for patients experiencing a variety of conditions, which include, but are not limited to, concussion and whiplash injuries suffered in car accidents; mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety; chronic pain and migraines; and neurodevelopmental disorders in children. The high-level care provided by the NLI is both affordable and beneficial, helping patients unlock their brains’ full potential without the use of medication or surgery.

Additionally, clinicians from around the world refer their most complex neurological patients to NeuroLIFE, allowing them to decrease symptoms and improve their quality of life, often where other methods have failed to do so. Through its connection to Life University, NLI educates practicing Doctors of Chiropractic, physicians and students on the latest advancements in the field of applied clinical neuroscience.

Strategic Accelerator

LIFE’s Strategic Accelerator (LSA Ventures, LLC) is a means of developing the potential of a diverse portfolio of business interests to broaden LIFE’s revenue sources and diversify its interests and professional opportunities for its graduates.

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Living Communities and VillageLIFE Town

Life University sees the importance of applying aspects of its clinical and organizational philosophy to social and community structures, both physical and virtual. Living Communities is a concept reflecting a ‘cradle to grave’ continuum of services and support for a vitalistically oriented lifestyle. The VillageLIFE Town concept sees a long-range, extended community in and around the University that incorporates a variety of social settings and commercial services reflecting an urban planning application of its vitalistically based philosophy regarding human growth, development, learning, health and healing.

For more information, please contact:
Mr. William Jarr, Director of Living Communities and VilliageLIFE Town

Branding & Thought Leadership

LIFE is developing a significant thought leadership position in multiple areas where its intellectual capital has the potential for making meaningful contributions in societal health. Management of these efforts and related branding responsibilities lie within the Life University Executive Office.

For more information, please contact:
Dr Rob Scott, President of Life University