Keynote Speaker

The More We Talk, The Less We Do: Recognizing and Renouncing Performative Equity Efforts

In keeping with this year’s conference theme of “Dialogue to Action,” the keynote address by Dr. Carmen Black will help attendees of all racialized identities better appreciate that ways that we potentially uphold and benefit from systems of oppression. Because of the pervasiveness of white normative ideologies, we all walk a fine line between true social justice work and performative displays of pseudo-antiracism. Before we can see ourselves as part of the solution, therefore, we must first see ourselves as functioning members of the problem. Only then can we hold ourselves accountable towards the real work to come.

Carmen G Black

Director, Social Justice and Health Equity (SJHE) Curriculum & Assistant Professor, Yale School of MedicineYale Department of Psychiatry & Connecticut Mental Health Center

Keynote Panel

Campus/Community Partnerships – A Panel Discussion

A strategic priority for CICMH is to enhance campus-community partnerships to address student mental wellness. Over the past few years, we have devoted resources to strengthen community agencies; relationships and collaborations with campuses across Ontario. A key piece of this work was to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in student mental health by supporting the provision of programs and services that meet the needs of equity-deserving student groups. Thanks to these partnerships, campuses across the province can offer a wider range of mental health supports to students. Join us for an in-depth conversation about how we can work together to enhance the mental health resources and services available on campus. This panel will highlight two campus/community partnerships supported by CICMH’s Campus/Community Partnership Project:

  • CMHA Toronto and the Health & Wellness Centre at the University of Toronto Scarborough worked together on an After-Hours Drop in Counselling project.
  • Humber College’s Student Wellness and Equitable Learning partnered with the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) to create student-centered, evidence-based, and trauma-informed asynchronous resources that educate our 2SLGBTQIA+ learners about healthy relationships.

The panelists will share their experiences and lessons learned from their partnerships.

Jennifer Bertram

Elizabeth (Elsa) Kiosses

Elizabeth (Elsa) Kiosses

Bindia Darshan

Christopher Mahon

Estefanía Toledo

Janani Suthan