In Conversation on Student Mental Health

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Debates Room, Hart House

7 Hart House Circle

Toronto, ON M5S3H3


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This event aims to foster an intimate and inclusive tri-campus conversation on the issue of mental health and the well-being of students.

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Hosted jointly by the Hart House Debates & Dialogue Committee and the Hart House Social Justice Committee, “In Conversation on Student Mental Health” aims to foster an intimate and inclusive conversation on the mental health and well-being of students. This dialogue will involve tri-campus students, faculty, administration, and members of the Presidential and Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health in a moderated panel, followed by a discussion period.

We want to provide an opportunity for our fellow students to have an open, intimate, and inclusive conversation with the university administration about their experiences, impressions, and concerns with the university's mental health services face-to-face. This is a space created for students and by students, who recognize the urgency and importance of providing substantial mental health support on campus. We invite students and faculty alike to join in on this conversation with the mutual recognition that we are all impacted by this issue, and we all have a stake in this conversation. We hope that through open dialogue, we can begin to foster a more positive relationship between the University and its students.

=== Speakers ===

Mr. Chad Jankowski | Mental Health Program Officer at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences | Former Health Education Coordinator at UTM

Ms. Elsie Obeng-Kingsley | Faculty Representative, Presidential & Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health | Student Welfare Case Coordinator, Health & Wellness Centre, University of Toronto Scarborough

Dr. Melinda Scott | Dean of Students, University College, University of Toronto

Ms. Leah McCormack-Smith | Dean of Students, New College, University of Toronto

Ms. Kristen Moore | Dean of Students, Trinity College, University of Toronto

Ms. Kate Welsh | Design Research Team Lead at the Innovation Hub

Moderated by Garvia Bailey | Journalist, Writer and Producer, Pop Sandbox

=== Run of Show ===

6:00pm: Doors open

6:45pm: Opening remarks

7:00pm: Moderated panel discussion

7:45pm: Discussion and Q&A

8:30pm: Closing remarks and optional post-reception

We will also have a Decompression Room which is open throughout the event for students and faculties who wish to take some time away from the panel event and take part in activities including canvas painting and book colouring. This room is curated in collaboration with Healing Hearts Through Art.

=== Opportunities to Ask Questions ===

We will be taking questions from attendees live during the event’s Q&A session.

However, as we are drafting our list of questions for the moderated panel event, we also welcome your thoughts and suggestions, which you can submit through this google form:

=== Tickets and Tri-Campus Accessibility ===

Tickets are free .

Please note that in order to guarantee your spot, you must arrive by 6:30PM. Doors open at 6:00PM. This is to ensure as many people are able to participate in this important dialogue as possible.

Given that we are hosting this event at the University of Toronto Downtown Campus (UTSG), all non-UTSG students have the opportunity to be reimbursed for their travel expenses. Please get in touch with us at if you are interested.

For other accessibility inquiries and requests, please contact

=== Additional Notes ===

Please note that the panel portion of the event will be live-streamed through our Facebook page: Hart House Debates and Dialogue Committee.

For any additional queries, feel free to connect with us at, or at

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Toronto, ON M5S3H3


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