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Minding Our Minds: Technology and Mental Health

The Office of the Dean of Students at Victoria University in the University of Toronto is pleased to announce our 10th annual Minding our Minds conference and discussion about mental health in higher education.

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Event Location: Alumni Hall, Victoria College Building (91 Charles Street West)

Event Date & Time:  Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Mental Health has been at the forefront of discussions in Higher Education for the past ten years as we worked to understand and address the very specific struggles students faced throughout their time at University. Through the more recent years of COVID-19 and the resulting shifts in Higher Education, the pandemic has paradoxically poised technology as both a saviour and a demon. The explosive reliance on technology allowed schools, universities, and businesses to remain in operation and kept us connected when we were alone. But it also insulated us from the world and isolated us from in-person interactions and left a lasting impression that has forever changed higher education.

 Our conference this year, celebrating its 10th anniversary, will focus on the pressing and current incongruities of our developing relationship with technology.

Conference Program

9:00 – 9:30 A.M. – Registration and light breakfast
Foyer, Victoria College Building

9:30 – 9:45 A.M. – Welcome and Opening Remarks
Kelley Castle, Dean of Students, Victoria University
Alumni Hall, Victoria College Building

9:45 – 10:45 A.M. – Contemporary Research on Technology and Mental Health
Dr. Rhonda McEwen, President and Vice-Chancellour, Victoria University
Alumni Hall, Victoria College Building

10:45 – 11:00 A.M. – Refreshment Break
Foyer, Victoria College Building

11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. – Care After COVID: Reflections on Mental Health Care in a Post-Pandemic World
Dr. David Gratzer, Psychiatrist and Physician, Adult Psychiatry and Health Systems, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, University of Toronto.
Alumni Hall, Victoria College Building

12:00 – 1:00 P.M. – Lunch Break
Foyer, Victoria College Building

1:00 – 2:15 P.M. – Panel Discussion: Students & Technology, Connection & Disconnection
Alumni Hall, Victoria College Building

2:15 – 2:30 P.M. – Refreshment Break
Foyer, Victoria College Building

2:30 – 3:30 P.M. – Workshop - Body Cues: Sometimes We Forget We Have a Body
Jacqueline H. Chan, Emmanuel College
Alumni Hall, Victoria College Building

3:30 – 3:45 P.M. – Closing Remarks
Kelley Castle, Dean of Students, Victoria University
Alumni Hall, Victoria College Building

Conference Registration

Campus (Re)Conciliations: Indigenous Issues in Higher Education Conference

Created in 2017, the Campus (Re)conciliations annual conference invites participants to reflect on the role of the University in responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's 94 Calls to Action and provides a space to listen to Indigenous leaders, community members, and students speak about their research, reflections and experiences.

Past speakers included Kevin Lamoureux, Jesse Wente, Lisa Richardson, John Borrows, Lee Maracle, James Makokis and Anthony Johnson.

Each year, the conference features a mix of keynote speakers, engaging panel and armchair discussions, and interactive student-led workshops. This event is always free and open to all, so please encourage your students, colleagues, and friends to attend.

If you have any questions, please contact the Ideas for the World Coordinator, Elena, at vic.ideas@utoronto.ca.

Sixth Campus (Re)Conciliations Conference
Sixth Campus (Re)Conciliations Conference

Sixth Campus (Re)Conciliations Conference: "The Truth is Not Yet Fully Told"
Thursday, March 31, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hybrid event – Online and limited in-person space at Alumni Hall, Victoria College Building (91 Charles Street West)

Our speakers and panelists this year will include Phyllis Webstad, Northern Secwepemc author from the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation, and the creator of Orange Shirt Day and Dr. Mike DeGagné, Ojibway from the Animakee Wa Zhing 37 First Nation, President & CEO, Indspire.

What does it mean to be an Indigenous student and/or educator after the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation? Are we seeing a change of attitude in non-Indigenous Canadians? Indigenous-led movements (like the Orange Shirt Day) are bringing forward successful examples of resilience and community healing. Initiatives like the origami art installation at Victoria College’s Goldring Student Centre or the video tribute filmed at Hart House farm are examples of community-driven, multicultural expressions of reconciliation. At the same time, discoveries of unmarked graves and burial sites are revealing a truth that is more and more difficult to process. How do we put together the notions of listening and action, education and remembrance and teach it from primary to post-secondary schools? How do we respond in a proactive way as a community and make Truth and Reconciliation an ongoing process?

Conference Program

8:30 – 9:15 A.M. – Registration and light breakfast

9:15 – 10:00 A.M. – Welcome Remarks

10:00 – 11:00 A.M. – Opening Keynote (Phyllis Webstad), followed by Q&A

11:00 – 11:15 A.M. – Refreshment Break

11:15 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. – Panel Discussion

12:15 – 1:15 P.M. – Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:15 P.M. – Concurrent Sessions:
            1. Beading Workshop (Jenny Blackbird)
            2. Insight into the history of the Missisaugas of the Credit First Nation (Margaret Sault)

2:15 – 2:30 P.M. - Refreshment Break

2:30 – 3:30 P.M. – Closing Keynote (Mike DeGagné), followed by Q&A

3:30 – 4:00 P.M. – Closing Remarks

Register for the Conference Here