Our Community of Champions
Nominations are now open!
Through our conversations with students, we’ve heard many stories of students, staff and faculty who are engaging in practices that contribute to students feeling a greater sense of belonging and community in large classes, comfortable in approaching them when needed, and supported in achieving their academic goals. This page will be dedicated to highlighting just a few of our Community of Champions that are creating conditions, in and outside of the classroom, for students to flourish.
Community Champion Dr. Judi Laprade and FEAT
Dr. Laprade is an Associate Professor in the Division of Anatomy and is the founder of the FEAT Program at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE).
Community Champion SEC
The University of Toronto Sexual Education and Peer Support Centre is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run student service/student group at the University of Toronto, St. George campus.
Nominate a HealthyU Champion!
University of Toronto students are invited to nominate U of T students, staff, faculty, fellow students, and student groups or initiatives that they believe have made an important contribution to building a healthier and more supportive learning environment and campus!
Use the text below as a template and email your nomination to Judy Vorderbrugge, Community Health coordinator, Health & Wellness at the University of Toronto.
I _____________________ nominate________________________ as a Healthy Campus Champion at the University of Toronto for the following reason/s:
The background ...
The Report of the Provostial Advisory Committee on Student Mental Health recommends the adoption of a systems approach as the overarching institutional strategy to support student health and well-being. A systems approach focuses not just on the availability of health and wellness services, but regards the entire University environment, including instructional settings, as involved in creating the conditions that support student well-being and success.
Recommendation 1.2 of the Report asks that “the University adopts a systems approach in creating supportive and inclusive conditions for students to flourish...”
A systems approach reflects the reciprocal relationship between wellness and academic achievement and recognizes that students’ health and well-being is a foundation for their academic and personal success. Further, it acknowledges that all elements within the University environment have an impact on student well-being and everyone – staff, faculty and students – has a role to play in building a heathier campus.
We take inspiration from the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges (2015):
“Health promoting universities and colleges infuse health into everyday operations, business practices and academic mandates. By doing so, health promoting universities and colleges enhance the success of our institutions; create campus cultures of compassion, well-being, equity and social justice; improve the health of the people who live, learn, work, play and love on our campuses; and strengthen the ecological, social and economic suitability of our communities.”
The Charter has two calls to action for higher education institutions:
- Embed health into all aspects of campus culture, across the administration, operations and academic mandates.
- Lead health promotion action and collaboration locally and globally.