Post-secondary institutions face complex issues around health and wellbeing, including the implications surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic, the climate emergency, and the renewed urgency to address systemic racism for historically racialized communities.
The Okanagan Charter for Health Promoting Universities & Colleges provides us with a common language, principles, and framework to address these pressing systemic issues as it calls on higher education institutions to embed health into everyday operations, business practices and academic mandates.
The Canadian Health Promoting Campus Network and the Universities of British Columbia, Waterloo, and McGill invite you to join them in a dialogue that will investigate:
- Collective impact and Multi-solving: How can universities approach human rights, wellbeing, and sustainability in a unified way that advances all agendas?
- Moment of change: We are in a unique moment of distruption that could allow for big societal changes. How can we best leverage this time to address multiple crises?
- Engaging leadership: How do we convene conversations with various levels of leadership across the university?
- Addressing systems: How can we structure this work to focus both on individual actions and shifting policy, culture, and societal change?
- The Okanagan Charter: What is the role of the Charter in this work for Higher Education?
The event will take place on Wednesday, December 9 from 1:00-2:30pm. Attendees will also be invited to participate in optional breakout rooms from 2:30-3:00pm.
- Prof. Santa J. Ono (President & Vice-Chancellor, University of British Columbia)
- Ainsley Carry (Vice President Students, University of British Columbia)
- Angela Campbell (Associate Provost, Equity and Academic Policies, McGill University)
- Mat Thijssen (Director of Sustainability, University of Waterloo)
- Grace Nosek (Founder and Student Director of the UBC Climate Hub, PhD Candidate, Allard School of Law)
- Sylvia Cheuy (Consulting Director, Collective Impact, Tamarack Institute)