All conference sessions will be in English except for one. French subtitles will be available for English sessions.
Conference Theme: Building New Worlds
As we have all been navigating through another year of the pandemic and the changes that have come with it, one thing has become clear: we cannot go back to the way things were. Inequity and its impacts have been made abundantly evident during these unprecedented times. We now stand together at the precipice of new worlds we can build on our campuses. This year’s conference theme, Building New Worlds, asks us to consider the ways in which we will have to deconstruct elements of our world that are not serving us, decolonize our practices, and reconstruct with bold imagination. It further challenges us to concern ourselves with the strategies of adaptation and growth that we have collectively developed and that will continue to move us forward, toward those new worlds. Finally, this theme requires us to think about these new worlds in their entirety, holistically, and to look at how everyone on campus can play a part in building them. Through this lens, we will be exploring topics that embrace a whole campus approach and that embed and examine the social determinants of health.
To facilitate this discussion, we will delve into the five following themes:
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
There is a growing movement for institutional leadership and campus frameworks to implement equity, diversity, and inclusivity-related policies to ensure equitable access to services and programming on campus. Province-wide, there has been a focus on understanding the unique needs of students based on the various intersections of their identity such as culture, race, religion, sexual orientation, and physical or mental health disability. Presentations in this stream will address equity-driven and student-driven programming, as well as strategies for the decolonization of campus spaces.
Presentations in this stream will focus on successes, challenges and lessons learned from the rapid shifts of campus mental health services between different modalities and in different contexts. As we continue to shift between these environments, the following areas have come into focus: efficiently navigating the return to campus (for students, faculty, and staff); special considerations for international student populations; creating and engaging students in a safe virtual setting.
Indigenous Student Engagement and Wellness
Presentations in this stream will centre around Indigenous world views grounded in holistic understandings and the value of interrelatedness as a model for wellness and engagement of Indigenous student populations. Areas of focus may include: embracing Indigenous worldviews in campus and learning environments; Indigenous pedagogy and educational interconnections.
Facilitating connection and belonging among students is vital to counter the increasing experiences of isolation and loneliness in the virtual world. The recent shift away from being physically on campus has highlighted a need to devise innovative strategies to allow students to engage with their institution and their peers in a meaningful way. Presentations in this stream will centre around innovative initiatives that: create meaningful programming outside of the classroom environment for students; utilize peer-to-peer models to create meaningful relationships among students; emphasize communal spaces for students to address mental health and wellness topics; and feature co-design with students.
Substance Use & Harm Reduction
There has been an increase in substance-related harms throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Presentations in this stream will focus on the use and misuse of drugs, alcohol, and other substances by student populations. Example topics might include: trends and patterns in student substance use during the pandemic; harm reduction programming on campus and strategies for reducing substance-related harms.
WHO WE ARE
The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH) is a partnership project involving Colleges Ontario, the Council of Ontario Universities, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, the College Student Alliance and the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario. We are funded by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.
To help Ontario’s colleges and universities enhance their capacity to support student mental health and well-being. CICMH connects campuses to the latest ideas, research and tools for campus well-being.
To optimize mental health and well-being for Ontario’s post- secondary students.
The Centre is always working to provide campuses and community organizations with resources, toolkits, informational videos and more. Our two websites campusmentalhealth.ca and morefeetontheground.ca will provide you with the tools you need to enhance your capacity to help and serve students on campuses!
WHAT WE DO
We are committed to:
- Identifying and promoting a shared understanding of best practices to enhance mental wellness on campus.
- Creating solutions and developing common resources to fill in gaps and avoid duplication of resources.
- Connecting diverse campus and community organizations to optimize resources (and strengthen mental wellness support) in local communities.
- Promoting a whole campus approach to care that is flexible, adaptive and responsive to student needs.