Mac Community Wellbeing Project (SP0147)

Status: COMPLETED Summer 2015 - Summer 2016

The Macdonald Community Wellbeing Project aims to develop and expand the institutional capacity for equity and community programming on the Macdonald campus, and create a more inclusive and supportive campus environment. This project involves the creation of four student-staff positions and troubleshooting to determine what works best in the Macdonald campus context to develop the protocols and processes to guide future efforts.

 

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McGill has made a commitment to “develop measures to support not simply the retention, but also the flourishing, of students and academic, administrative and support staff from a variety of backgrounds.” The application for ‘SP0126: Anti Oppression Programme’ outlined examples of recent work at McGill to achieve this. Mental health has also been taken more seriously recently, as nearly 50% of students report experiences of depression- or anxiety-like symptoms. Macdonald campus has also seen important student-driven equity- and mental health-related resource development, such as the adoption of MCSS’ Equity Policy and the creation of the MCSS/MCGSS Peer Helper Program, a non-judgmental peer support service.

The Macdonald Community Wellbeing Project aims to develop and expand the institutional capacity for equity and community programming on the Macdonald campus. By developing a number of initiatives that promote broad individual and community wellbeing, the project seeks to create a more inclusive and supportive campus environment. The project builds on the successes and momentum of SP0126, the residences Anti-Oppression Programming Project, expanding and adapting it to fulfill the needs of the Macdonald campus community.

It addresses the current identified need for increased programming capacity through:

  1. Developing clear processes for transporting programming to the Macdonald campus.
  2. Establishing and institutionalizing the Rez Project modules in the Macdonald residences.
  3. Building institutional capacity for ongoing coordination of Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW), Consent Week, and the Bystander Intervention Program with Macdonald campus stakeholders.
  4. Developing a “Know Your Services” initiative with Student Services to demystify available services for students (which has been identified as a major need through preliminary student consultation).
  5. Supporting Student Services in the expansion of service provision onto the Macdonald campus.

The project will be primarily driven through the temporary creation of a full-time Coordinator position and four student-staff positions. Reflection, adaptations, and troubleshooting will be needed to determine what works best in the Macdonald context and to develop the protocols and processes to guide future efforts.

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For further information conerning this project, or to get in touch with its members, please contact the krista.houser [at] mcgill.ca (SPF Administration Team).