The gathering offered staff a rare opportunity to take a break and network with their work neighbours as well as learn more about the services offered in their building through information booths. Several departments hosted booths including Access & Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office, Enrolment Services Professionals, Centre for Student Involvement & Careers, Counselling Services, and the building’s Health and Safety Committee. Representatives from the United Way Campaign and Human Resources Thrive week campaign were also on hand to promote their campaigns to staff.
Lisa Castle, Vice President, Human Resources shared a few words of support for the Brock Hall staff at the start of the event. “Being on the frontlines can be challenging and you are all so important to creating a respectful and welcoming environment for students (and for each other).” Castle acknowledged the demands on Brock Hall staff saying “there are many health and wellbeing initiatives offered throughout the year, and I encourage you to commit to your wellbeing as much as you take care of students.”
Joining Lisa Castle was Janet Teasdale, Managing Director, Student Development and Services who mentioned the $2.5 million investment in student mental health and wellbeing to be made by the university over the next year, including additional staff to Counselling Services.
Sara-Jane Finlay, AVP Equity and Inclusion, and Janet Mee, Director of Access and Diversity hosted the event and spoke briefly about the new mandates of their offices.
Janet Mee announced that as part of the new mental health and wellbeing funding Access & Diversity has added two more Accessibility Advisors to their staff. “If you have a student with a disability and are unsure of how to support them ask them who their advisor is in Access and Diversity and contact us, we are happy to assist.”
For news from the Equity and Inclusion office Sara-Jane Finlay outlined that her office recently adopted some student programming from Access & Diversity, including the Equity Ambassadors peer program. “I am excited about this opportunity to work with students and to bring equity, diversity and inclusion into orientation and student leadership.”
A big congratulations to Access & Diversity and the Equity and Inclusion Office for demonstrating what a Thriving Campus is all about!
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