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 RSG

The Recognized Study Groups (RSG) program provides Faculty recognition and formalized training to students who either initiate or participate in a study group.

students studying together

Community Champion Greta Golick

Greta Golick is and Assistant Professor and has been teaching at the iSchool since 2010. 

Greta Golick standing in front of a window with a view of U of T campus

Community Champion Dr. Jenna Hartel

Dr. Jenna Hartel is a professor at University of Toronto's Faculty of Information.

Dr. Jenna Hartel teaching

Community Champion Dana Patterson

Dana Patterson is an undergraduate coordinator in the Human Biology program.

Dana Patterson

Community Champion Pooja Mansukhani

Pooja Mansukhani is Food Services’ has a Registered Dietitian and Food Safety Officer, based in New College.

Pooja Mansukhani

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).

Judi Laprade & the FEAT team holding replica bones

Community Champion Dr. Bryan Reece

Dr. Bryan Reece is a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy.

Dr. Bryan Reece

Community Champion Maki Iwase

Maki Iwase is an assistant professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing.

Maki Iwase in front of bookshelf

Community Champion Jenna Brooke

Jenna Brooke is a Senior Lecturer at University of St. Michael’s College in the SMC One program.

Jenna Brooke

Community Champion Professor S. Trimble

Professor S. Trimble is an Assistant Professor at the Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI) at the University of Toronto.

Professor S. Trimble

Community Champion Professor William Ju

Professor William Ju is an associate professor in the department of Human Biology.

Online learning with Bill Ju

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. 

UofT Sexual Education Centre

Community Champion Caffiends

Caffiends is a student-run, volunteer-operated cafe at Victoria College at the University of Toronto.

Caffiends logo

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:

  1. Embed health into all aspects of campus culture, across the administration, operations and academic mandates.
  2. Lead health promotion action and collaboration locally and globally.
Okanagan Charter 2015