Course Description

This webinar will explore the challenges in mental health on postsecondary campuses as important to creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus community.  Dr. Smith and invited panelists will present and discuss research, strategies, and practices in this space, as well as highlight opportunities, and bring forward recommendations on diversity and mental health. A Q&A with webinar participants will follow.

By the end of the session participants will be able to 

  • Explore campus diversity and mental health and wellness;
  • Examine intersectionality and mental health and well-being in a postsecondary context
  • Discuss the impacts of COVID19 through the lens of EDI, mental health and well-being in a postsecondary context
  • Understand culturally relevant mental health services and any current barriers to receiving services

About the facilitator

Dr. Malinda Smith, PhD

Dr. Malinda S. Smith is the inaugural Vice Provost (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) and a Professor of Political Science professor at the University of Calgary. She serves on the Social Science and Humanities Research Council’s Governing Council, Statistics Canada Committee on Immigration and Ethnocultural Statistics, and Working Group on Black communities in Canada, and the Inter-Institutional Advisory Committee for National Dialogues and Action for Inclusive Higher Education and Communities. She is a former Vice President Equity Issues for the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and currently serves as Chair of its Advisory Committee on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Decolonization.

Dr. Smith has published widely in areas of international and comparative politics, and equity, diversity, and human rights. She is a coauthor of The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities (2017), and a coeditor of the forthcoming book, Nuances of Blackness in the Canadian Academy (UofT Press, 2021). She is also editor of Securing Africa: Post-9/11 Discourses on Terrorism (2010), Beyond the African Tragedy: Discourses on Development and the Global Economy (2006), and Globalizing Africa (2003); and coeditor of Critical Concepts: An Introduction to Politics, 6/E under revision with OUP; and States of Race: Critical Race Feminism for the 21st Century (2010).

Dr. Smith is a 2018 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellow. She’s won numerous awards and honours, including the 2021 Compelling Calgarians, the 2020 Susan S. Northcutt Award from the International Studies Association, and the 2020 Rosalind Smith Professional Award from the National Black Coalition of Canada-Edmonton, an 2020 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women Honouree, 100ABCWomen (Toronto), 2018-2019 Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Studies Association-Canada, a 2018-20 Provost Fellow EDI Policy, University of Alberta, 2016 HSBC Community Contributor of the Year, 2015 Equity Award from the Canadian Association of University Teachers, 2011 Academic Woman of the Year from the University of Alberta Academic Women’s Association.

Please Note: This event is open to all members of the public, geared specifically to those teaching and learning in post-secondary. This webinar will be recorded, registration will close on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. and a Zoom link for the webinar will be sent to you the day prior to the webinar.


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