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Join the Human Rights & Equity Office’s 2022 Learning Challenge

Enhance your knowledge of human rights, equity, anti-racism, accessibility, and more.

Queen’s University’s Human Rights and Equity Office (HREO) invites the campus community to take part in its 2022 Learning Challenge

Running from February to the end of April, the challenge involves a set of virtual and self-paced learning opportunities designed to give you a foundational understanding of human rights, equity, anti-racism, accessibility and sexual violence prevention and response. 

“The HREO Learning Challenge provides community members with an opportunity to demonstrate their support and commitment to anti-oppression through the acts of learning and unlearning,” says Erin Clow, the HREO’s Associate Director of Education and Learning. “Already, engagement with this initiative has surpassed expectations, demonstrating our community's genuine commitment to greater inclusion and equity on campus.”

Those participants who complete five educational training sessions by April 30, 2022, will receive a Certificate of Completion. The Learning Challenge is open to faculty, staff, and students, and the educational offerings have been specifically tailored for each of these groups. 

Learn more about the HREO’s 2022 Learning Challenge and how to register.

Improving academic accessibility

Queen's University is committed to ensuring students receive the academic accommodations they require to help them overcome barriers they face to education due to disabilities. Queen’s is enhancing the academic accommodation process by adopting Ventus Accommodation Management for Students, an online portal for managing accommodations.

“Ventus will help to create a stronger culture of accessibility at Queen’s,” says Klodiana Kolomitro, Associate Vice-Principal (Teaching and Learning). “The portal will streamline the accommodations process, helping all stakeholders coordinate to ensure students are getting the support they need in a timely manner.”

Scheduled to be operational in spring 2022, Ventus is an online interface originally developed at the University of Ottawa that connects students, Queen's Student Accessibility Services (QSAS), the Exams Office, instructors, and other support services in the process to manage and implement academic accommodations. Ventus streamlines communication and organizational needs and manages the documentation processes for QSAS and the central Exams Office by allowing students to engage with a central hub. The interface also connects instructors with the essential information required for providing students with the appropriate accommodation. Ventus also enables students to view details of their accommodation arrangements for in-class work, quizzes, exams, and more. The privacy of all students requesting accommodations will be protected by Ventus.

After the initial implementation of Ventus in spring 2022, the project team will continue to seek and address user feedback to further enhance the system for the 2022-23 academic year and beyond.

“Once the portal is launched across the university, the Ventus Project Management Team will continue to engage stakeholders about their use of the platform,” says Alan Jeans, Manager, QSAS. “We are dedicated to ensuring that the transition to this solution is as seamless as possible for all users.”

The initiative to implement an improved accommodations management system started in Student Wellness Services (SWS) two years ago and is a partnership between SWS, ITS, the Exams Office, and the Office of the Associate Vice-Principal (Teaching and Learning). A Ventus Project Management Team has been created to coordinate the implementation of the portal at Queen’s. The project team is co-chaired by Klodiana Kolomitro, Associate Vice-Principal (Teaching and Learning) and Cynthia Gibney, Executive Director, SWS, and has representation from units across campus including ITS, Student Affairs, the Centre for Teaching and Learning, as well as faculty and student representatives. An Instructor Feedback Group and a Student Feedback Group have also been formed to provide input on the development of the Ventus portal. Members of the Queen’s community can also share their feedback on the transition to the Ventus via vptl@queensu.ca.

The current accommodations management portal will be phased out with the launch of Ventus.

Learn more about Ventus on the Vice-Principal (Teaching and Learning) website.

Seven new faculty members join the Black Studies program

The Faculty of Arts and Science welcomes four Queen's National Scholars and three more professors after intensive search that focused on equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and scholarship.

Black Studies welcomes seven new faculty members
The Faculty of Arts and Science has introduced seven new faculty members to its Black Studies program, including, clockwise from top left: Kesha Fevrier; Jennifer Leath; Dalitso Ruwe; Juliane Okot Bitek; Joseph Kangmennaang; Vanessa Thompson; and Daniel McNeil.

The Faculty of Arts and Science is welcoming seven new faculty members to the Black Studies program, including four Queen’s National Scholars in Black Studies.

The new Queen’s National Scholars include Kesha Fevrier, Radical Black Ecologies (Geography and Planning); Joseph Kangmennaang, Black Health and Social Change (School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences); Jennifer Leath, Black Religions (School of Religion); and Daniel McNeil, Black Studies Chair (Gender Studies).

Joining them are faculty members Juliane Okot Bitek, Black Creative Writing and Cultural Production (English and Gender Studies); Dalitso Ruwe, Black Political Thought (Philosophy); and Vanessa Thompson, Black Studies Program (Gender Studies).

Their recruitment was the result of an intensive search with a focus on equity, diversity, inclusion, anti-racism, and scholarship that emphasizes global Black studies.

“The Queen’s National Scholar program attracts top talent, ensuring growth and the continuation of our efforts to advance research and scholarship in Black Studies and provide an exceptional student learning experience through curricular innovation,” says Barbara Crow, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science. “These seven new faculty members provide an interdisciplinary energy and depth to our course offerings while also supporting students who are committed to making connections between research, activism, and social change.”

Dr. Fevrier received her BA in Geography from the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus Jamaica, and her MES and PhD from York University. Her interest in the histories and stories of people of African descent was first nurtured at UWI Mona, where she took her first course on African History.

Dr. Kangmennaang’s research focuses on how the places we live, work, interact, and play impact population health and well-being with regards to (re)emerging infections and non-communicable diseases.

“My current research explores Black immigrants’ experience in the United States and Canada. Specifically, I am interested in understanding Black immigrants' mental health and well-being challenges; especially the role of transnational social connections and social capital,” Dr. Kangmennaang says.

Dr. Leath holds a BA in Social Studies and African American Studies from Harvard University and a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.  In May 2013 Dr. Leath earned her PhD in Religious Studies and African American Studies with an emphasis in Religious Ethics and a Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale University.

“At best, contemporary religious ethics answers a fundamental mandate to cultivate Black futures and to dismantle antiblackness and white supremacy in whatever forms these take, ensuring the integrity (and justice) of philosophy,” Dr. Leath says. “I am excited to join other Black Studies faculty at Queen’s who are responding to the call of this mandate with diverse pedagogical and research methods.”

Dr. McNeil’s teaching and scholarship bring together history, diaspora studies, and cultural students to explore the complexities of global Black communities. He has contributed to research, teaching, and program development within and across disciplinary and institutional boundaries in England, the United States, and Canada including being the first person to hold the Public Humanities Faculty Fellowship at the University of Toronto.

“I found the call for a Queen’s National Scholar Chair in Black Studies to focus on interdisciplinary studies of liberation and decolonial praxis incredibly compelling,” Dr. McNeil says. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with smart, inspiring, and imaginative colleagues at Queen’s to develop and extend transnational networks, mentorship hubs, and the Black Studies program.”

Dr. Ruwe completed a postdoctoral fellowship under the Extending New Narratives in the History of Philosophy at the University of Guelph in 2020-2021. He is currently working on a manuscript tentatively titled Ontological Sovereignty: The Quest of Black Freedom in the Age of Slavery.

Dr. Okot Bitek’s collection of poetry, 100 Days was nominated for several writing prizes including the 2017 BC Book Prize, the Pat Lowther Award, the 2017 Alberta Book Awards and the 2017 Canadian Authors Award for Poetry. It won the 2017 IndieFab Book of the Year Award for poetry and the 2017 Glenna Lushei Prize for African Poetry.

“I'm excited to join the brilliant and dynamic company of scholars and artists in Black Studies at Queens’s,” she says. “Black Studies is the space to celebrate, study, reflect and create the world as possible, and us, as real. I'm so thrilled to be a part of it.

Dr. Thompson is an interdisciplinary social scientist and researcher in the areas of Black Studies, critical racism and migration studies, gender studies, anti-colonial theories, and critical ethnographies. She says she is particularly interested in transnational black urban and social movements, struggles against anti-black state violence and policing.

“I look forward to supporting students in engaging with the analytical tools to not only understand entangled forms of oppression and violence, but also to work towards fundamental change at the intersection of scholarship and movement activism,” Dr. Thompson says. “Black Studies enables the realization of new worlds as well as caring social and ecological relations.

Queen’s remembers pathology pioneer Daria Haust

Dr. Daria HaustThe Queen’s community is remembering Daria Haust, who passed away on Jan. 11, 2022, at age 100.

A legend in the field of modern pathology, Dr. Haust was a distinguished scientist and medical educator, and brought the study of pediatric pathology to the global stage. Widely respected for her teaching ability, she was a revered mentor whose passion and devotion to duty greatly influenced many of her colleagues and students at Queen's University and Western University. 

Until her passing, Dr. Haust remained an Adjunct at Queen’s Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine. Dr. Haust generously donated funding for the Dr. M. Daria Haust Pathology Summer Studentship, an opportunity available to first or second-year Queen’s medical students that provides them with funding to undertake a 10-week studentship in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine. The Haust Trust Fund supports scholarships for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students (MSc; PhD) studying pathology in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine. The Dr. M Daria Haust Lecture series honours Dr. Haust's scholarly achievements, her contributions to her profession, and her passionate devotion to the department and Queen's.  

Dr. Haust is counted among the founders of pediatric pathology. A festschrift (a collection of writings) in her honour was published in Pediatric Pathology and Molecular Medicine in 2002 with contributions from 10 esteemed international scientists.

“Under her influence, pediatric pathology became a discipline in its own right and became recognized as such in many foreign countries where it had hitherto been neglected or even ignored,” writes Christian Nezelof, the late French pathologist who paid Dr. Haust tribute.

Dr. Haust, a native of Poland, graduated with distinction from the Medical School of Heidelberg University (Germany) in 1951. After immigrating to Canada with her husband in 1952, she completed a rotating internship at Kingston General Hospital in 1953. Following a year of atherosclerosis research with Robert More, she enrolled in the General Pathology Residency and Graduate School programs at Queen's. In 1959, she obtained specialty certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and an MSc from Queen's. 

“Dr. Daria Haust was an immensely distinguished and beloved member of our department in the 1950s and 1960s and a staunch advocate for pathology ever since. Her contributions to our department live on in our memories and as scientific and financial contributions that support our mission” writes David Berman, Head, Queen’s Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine. 

After a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric pathology with Benjamin Landing at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Dr. Haust joined the Faculty of Medicine at Queen's in 1960 as an Assistant Professor. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1967, moving thereafter to Western, obtaining full professorship in 1968. 

Dr. Haust had a distinguished career in basic research in several areas including atherosclerosis (the thickening of the arteries caused by a buildup of plaque), the process of elastogenesis (the formation of elastic fibre in heart valves etc.), and the pathogenesis of several genetic diseases. She was a highly regarded educator and played important roles in the establishment of national and international scientific societies. She also served on several editorial boards of scientific journals and lectured around the globe throughout her career. 

In 2007, Dr. Haust's extraordinary career culminated with her appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2012, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from the Governor General of Canada. 

Celebrating Black History Month at Queen’s

An opening ceremony will launch weeks of scheduled activities across campus and city.

Artist, poet, and Queen's alumna, Britta B.
Artist and poet Britta B will share a spoken word performance as part of the virtual opening ceremony.

On Feb. 1, Queen’s will mark the start of Black History Month celebrations with an opening ceremony that launches the month’s calendar of activities. The virtual gathering will feature a panel discussion on Black health and wellness by prominent campus leaders and change advocates, and a spoken word performance by award-winning artist and poet Britta B.

“This virtual opening provides an opportunity for us as a community to gather and collectively reflect on the depth of meanings that Black History Month holds,” says Stephanie Simpson, Associate Vice-Principal (Human Rights, Equity, and Inclusion), whose office is leading the event. “I welcome everyone to join us as we seek to engage in a thoughtful and celebratory start to the month’s activities.”

Emceed by Jermaine Marshall, Inclusion & Anti-Racism Advisor, the panel event will bring together Dr. Wanda Costen, Dean of the Smith School of Business; Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Senior Advisor of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Initiatives with the Faculty of Health Sciences; Samara Lijiam, Social Issues Commissioner of the Alma Mater Society; and Ayden Adeyanju-Jackson, EDI Student Assistant with the Yellow House, for a discussion on Black health and wellness. Their conversation is set to explore the complex meanings of and challenges to Black wellness at both an individual and institutional level. The opening ceremony is open to anyone who registers to attend and will run from 5-6 pm ET. 

The ceremony will serve as the launch of a broad calendar of events to be held by groups across Queen’s and Kingston in celebration of Black arts, culture, history, research, community, and more. Throughout February, the schedule will be open for new submissions, so check back often for new ways to get involved.

Among February’s itinerary are Black fashion events, art exhibitions, educational panels and anti-racism sessions, Black queerness and selfcare workshops, as well as dance and music expos. 

Queen’s is also sponsoring the Canadian Black Scientists Network’s BE-STEMM 2022 event — an interdisciplinary event created to highlight the excellence of Black Canadians working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine/Health. The virtual program will run from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2. A Leadership Summit on the last day will focus on practices and programs for promoting inclusion that supports and encourages Black Canadians in STEMM.

“Black History Month provides us with an important opportunity to reflect on the experiences, accomplishments, and contributions of Black community members here in Canada, abroad, and right here at Queen’s,” says Patrick Deane, Principal and Vice-Chancellor. “We must also use this time to critically examine the inequities, particularly the barriers of discrimination, that Black community members face, and to commit to action ways to ensure they are dismantled once and for all.”

Register to attend the online opening ceremony, and check the full schedule of Black History Month events once it goes live on the Human Rights & Equity Office website following the ceremony. If you would like to add your event or activity to the calendar, please use the submission form.

Record 502 student-athletes earn Academic All-Stars honours

A total of 502 varsity student-athletes are being recognized as 2020-21 Academic All-Stars, having earned at least a 3.5 grade-point average over the past academic year at Queen's University.

“During a time of unparalleled obstacles to educational, athletic and personal goals, these 502 students displayed the commitment and perseverance that make them fantastic ambassadors for their peers, our Gaels teams, and the university,” says Mark Green, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic). “The drive, energy, and teamwork displayed by this group to excel in both the Academic and Athletic arenas – particularly during a pandemic – truly embodies the meaning of student-athlete."

Over 50 per cent of Queen's student-athletes earned Academic All-Star recognition, a new record for our program.

“We are thrilled to celebrate and recognize our Academic All-Stars who represent the initiative and ambition of our students. Queen’s is among the top five schools in Canada for the number of Academic All-Stars,” says Vice-Provost and Dean of Student Affairs, Ann Tierney. “Congratulations to all recipients and I would also like to acknowledge and thank our coaches, academic advisors, Athletics and Recreation and Student Wellness Services staff, and our faculties and departments, who together create the environment that makes it possible for our student-athletes to excel at this level.”

The varsity clubs with the highest GPAs were Field Hockey and Triathlon, while the highest GPAs from varsity teams were from Men’s Soccer and Men’s Hockey and Women’s Soccer (tied).

In addition, Queen’s Athletics and Recreation has named the 2020-21 Nixon Academic Leadership Awards, given to a male and female athlete from a varsity team and club, who exemplify achievement in academics, community service, and fair play in their sport. This year's recipients are Azalea Walc (Triathlon), Rory McEwen (Fencing), Laura Yantha (Women’s Cross Country/Track & Field), and Alexander Pipchuk (Men’s Rugby). These awards are named in honour of benefactors Gord and Janet Nixon.

View the full list of Queen’s 2020-21 Academic All-Stars.

Steven Smith appointed as Deputy Vice-Principal Research

Steven Smith
Steven Smith is the inaugural Deputy Vice-Principal (Research) for Health Research.

Reflecting the importance of health as an interdisciplinary research strength and recognizing its significance in a post-pandemic world, Vice-Principal (Research) Nancy Ross is pleased to announce the appointment of Steven Smith as the university’s inaugural Deputy Vice-Principal (Research) for Health Research.

In this new role, Dr. Smith will work closely with the research community, faculties, and affiliated hospitals (Kingston Health Sciences Centre and Providence Care) to provide institutional leadership for the coordination and attraction of resources and partnerships to expand and amplify Queen’s health research strategy and profile.

As the Vice-Dean (Research) for Queen’s Health Sciences since January 2020, Dr. Smith has served the Queen’s research community in many capacities. With the support of David Pichora, President and CEO of Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC), Dr. Smith will continue to serve as Vice President, Health Sciences Research at KHSC, and, with the support of the Board of Directors of the Kingston General Health Research Institute (KGHRI), as President and CEO of the institute.

Dr. Smith completed his Bachelor of Science in biochemistry at Western University, where he also earned his PhD in 1998. Before joining Queen’s Department of Biochemistry in 2001, Dr. Smith completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Oxford as a Burroughs Wellcome Hitchings-Elion fellow and McGill University as a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Smith has taken on several leadership positions while at Queen’s, including as Associate Head for the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences (2011-2016) and Director of Research for the Faculty of Health Sciences (2017-2019).

An expert in structural biology and biochemistry, Dr. Smith is widely recognized within the scientific community for his research contributions. In 2009, he was awarded the Chancellor’s Research Award. He is the recipient of a Queen’s Health Science’s Mihran and Mary Basmajian Research Award and a CIHR New Investigator Award. In recognition of his commitment to student learning experience, Dr. Smith has earned several accolades, including the Queen’s Health Sciences Education Award and the Life Science Student Choice Teaching Award.

For more information on the appointment, visit the Vice-Principal (Research) Portfolio website.

Instructors honoured for championing student mental health

More than two dozen Queen’s instructors have been nominated as Classroom Champions for Mental Health.

Seated students are seen from the back of a classroom
A total of 28 Queen’s instructors have been nominated by students and teaching assistants as the inaugural Classroom Champions for Mental Health. 

An instructor’s work does not simply conclude at the end of a lecture. The journey to a successful session – or term for that matter ­– often requires a holistic approach. An approach that includes a key element: championing mental health.

The Student Mental Health Network is honouring Queen’s educators working to support and advance the mental wellbeing of those in their classrooms. These instructors have been named Classroom Champions for Mental Health.

A total of 28 instructors were nominated by students and teaching assistants for this honour. Those who submitted nominations shared stories of the positive impacts instructors made on the mental health of students.

“Mental health determines everything we do in life. Even when thinking that you are doing fantastic, this still involves mental health,” says Daphne Brouwer, a professor in the Department of Philosophy. “And when not doing so great, it can take over your life in ways that is hard to talk about. Mental health is, however, never an individual thing, and the only way to improve it is by sharing it. It is for this reason that mental health should be recognized more, accepted more, and worked on more. Not only for us as students and educators, but also for us as human beings that are trying to stay alive. One day after another.”

The Student Mental Health Network is a caucus of student and staff leaders working to advance student mental health. The project aligns with the objectives and values outlined in Queen’s Campus Wellbeing Framework and Queen’s Strategy, including promoting a culture of health and well-being across campus.

Classroom Champions for Mental Health is co-led by the Campus Wellness Project’s undergraduate student intern, a position partially funded by Bell Let’s Talk and coordinated through Student Affairs.

“The Classroom Champions for Mental Health project showcases educators who have made a significant contribution to student mental health,” says Linda Cheng, QUIP student intern, Project Coordinator of the Campus Wellness Project, and Co-Lead of the Student Mental Health Network. “The student submissions and insights on how these educators view and approach mental health, really show how a small action can create a large impact. For example, taking a couple of minutes before class to ask how everyone is doing or telling students they’re available to talk and/or listen.”

Elizabeth Baisley, a professor in the Department of Political Science, focuses on three areas to help their students. First is making sure students have a manageable workload; Second, classes are designed by using the principals of universal design for learning. Built into the curriculum is the assumption every student will experience some form of an accommodation need; and final, Dr. Baisley reduces the stigma that comes with mental health issues through regular conversations with the class.

“To me, mental health is about the parts of health that tend to be ignored by focusing solely on physical health. This includes emotional, psychological, social, and sometimes even spiritual wellbeing,” Dr. Baisley says.

Educators who are nominated as Classroom Champions will be profiled on the Campus Wellbeing site and social media (Instagram: @campuswellbeingproject) during Mental Health Promotion Week (Jan. 24-28). Students will have the opportunity to nominate additional Classroom Champions later this term.

Jodi Basch, an instructor and PhD student in the Faculty of Education, provides students with resources to support their own mental health. Additionally, Basch empowers students to share those tips with their peers.

“Just as we have a physical immune system, it is important to recognize that we also have a psychological immune system,” Basch says. “It is important to be kind to ourselves through the challenges that we will all inevitably face and allow our psychological immune system to do its job. Some days it may feel as if we have more reserve than others and other days it may feel like any challenge will push us over the edge. If we discover what we need on both the good and the bad days, it will be easier to live both presently and authentically.

The next round of Champions for Mental Health will open this spring, and will be open for students to nominate staff and instructors.

For more information and resources on mental health efforts at Queen’s, please visit the Wellbeing Resources page on the Campus Wellness Project site.

‘Polishing the Chain’ ceremony renews bonds between Queen’s and Indigenous communities

Tehontatenentsonterontahkhwa - Friendship Wampum belt
The Tehontatenentsonterontahkhwa - Friendship Wampum Belt - was presented to Queen's by the Clan Mothers at Tyendinaga, and the Grandmothers' Council.

A special ceremony took place ahead of the Jan. 25 meeting of Queen’s Senate, to highlight the continuing bond between the university and local Indigenous communities.

The ‘polishing the chain’ ceremony is a reminder that the relationship between Queen’s and Indigenous peoples is ongoing and not merely a moment in time.

The ceremony revisits the promise of the Tehontatenentsonterontahkhwa (friendship wampum belt), which was presented to the university as Queen’s marked its 175th anniversary during a Senate meeting on March 7, 2017. The Tehontatenentsonterontahkhwa was presented by the Clan Mothers at Tyendinaga, and the Grandmothers' Council of Katarokwi.

The belt is now placed at the head table during every Senate meeting as a reminder that the university sits on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territory as well as the commitments made to each other over the years.

As part of the ceremony, Elder Allen Doxtator - Te howis kwûnt, offered the words before all else in English and Oneida.

Wampum are traditionally beads made from quahog shells. Belts made of wampum are used to mark agreements, contracts, and commitments between peoples and nations and are of particular significance when associated with treaties or covenants.

Students helping students

Peer Wellness Coaching offers virtual support to improve physical activity, sleep and mental health.

A young woman interacts online via a laptop computer.
Peer Wellness Coaches help inspire other Queen’s students to be more physically active, decrease their sedentary time, and sleep better. (Unsplash/Brooke Cagle)

Mental health is strongly connected to good sleep habits, physical activity and stress management, but it can be hard to start and maintain positive health behaviours on your own.  Working with someone who can help you set and achieve goals can help, especially if it’s a peer who can relate to your experience. This month, as Queen’s marks Mental Health Promotion Week, Health Promotion in Student Wellness Services is promoting its new Peer Wellness Coaching initiative to further support student wellbeing.  

The program empowers students by facilitating one-on-one conversations aimed at improving sleep strategies, increasing light and moderate physical activity, and reducing sedentary time. These three movement behaviours align with the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Adults, which Queen’s researchers Dr. Jennifer Tomasone and Dr. Robert Ross helped develop. Students can book 10-to-30-minute one-on-one virtual sessions with a trained Peer Wellness Coach who will use evidence-based strategies and a multiculturally-aware lens to guide an open, confidential dialogue about how to build new skills and track progress toward short and long-term goals.

“Health and wellness affect every area of life, and I am so excited to help others to build self-confidence and self-efficacy in working toward their goals,” says Peer Wellness Coach Chelsea, a third-year Health Studies student.

Thirteen undergraduate students were selected and trained for this inaugural year of the program. Having experienced the stress of balancing academic workloads and healthy lifestyle choices firsthand, the coaches are well suited to inspire their peers to be more physically active, decrease their sedentary time, and get better sleep.

The 24-hour movement guidelines can help all adults increase their knowledge and understanding of what they can do throughout their day to stay healthy.

Importance of Sleep

As devices such as smart phones, tablets, and television become more integrated in our daily routines, so does the need to improve sleep hygiene. This generally consists of three components: improving sleep quality, having consistent bed and wake times and sleeping 7-9 hours each night. Providing guidance on how to identify and manage disruptions to these components of sleep is an important step in reducing stress, improving cognitive function, and feeling more energized throughout the day.

Importance of Activity

For many, the switch to remote learning has increased screen time while limiting opportunities for vigorous and moderate physical activity. From the release of stress-relieving endorphins that comes from this type of movement, to reducing the likelihood of disease and illness, physical activity contributes to current and future health. Learning how to fit different forms of physical activity into our schedules can improve overall mood and help support mental health.

Action Planning

Identifying an area you want to work on allows for a sense of satisfaction as you make steps towards completing goals. Establishing timelines and frequently checking in on progress allows for strategies to be adjusted and refined as you pursue healthy outcomes. Over time the practice of following an action plan increases self-awareness and promotes positive coping strategies to deal with stress.

Students can book a Peer Wellness Coaching appointment, and visit the Student Wellness Services website to learn more about the program.


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