Date: Wednesday, April 27th (12-1 pm ET)

Location: Zoom (link and password provided upon registration)

Join us on April 27th for a webinar on supporting the mental health of students of colour and Indigenous students led by presenters Rita Hanoski & Jocelyn Orb from the University of Saskatchewan (USask) who were recently awarded the 2021 Collaborations for Change Seed Grant.

As part of an active student-based health outreach program at USask, students identified a need for more mental health and wellbeing supports for international, Indigenous, and historically marginalized students. Using a student-led model that has successfully informed most of the health outreach efforts at USask, funds from the 2021 Collaborations for Change Seed Grant are now being used to support students as they explore ways to provide mental wellbeing support using methods and messaging that resonate with students from these communities. This webinar will share information regarding the need for the program and the opportunities within it from both student and wellness staff perspectives. Despite the early stages of the program, participants will hear how USask peer health volunteers have already mobilized and are feeling empowered to explore new programming that meets the goals of the project. Presenters look forward to facilitating an environment of learning for all attendees and hearing experiences from other campuses.

Attendees can expect to:

  1. Learn how USask has involved students in developing culturally appropriate outreach programming and be able to apply strategies to their own setting.
  2. Critique some of their own well-intended Post-Secondary Institution programming and take steps to make them more culturally relevant.
  3. Learn and share culturally relevant mental health and wellbeing supports for PSIs with each other.
  4. Learn some strategies to evaluate similar programming.