Helping Every Student be ‘Whole’ (5/17/2018) - In her latest article, Kim Samuel argues that universities have a responsibility to develop the whole student. She highlights the isolating effects of social media and smartphones on student well-being. In response, universities must be more proactive in helping students unplug and connect with the material and their surrounding community.

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Wraparound Intervention Model: Holistic Youth Support (5/18/2018) - By Salima Punjani

The Wraparound Model is about bringing people together in a new and different way to identify the best circle of support. This model focuses on participants’ strengths, establishing goals and how they can be reached through accessible means. Read more about this incredible approach here!

Co-housing: Tackling Isolation in an Aging Population (5/16/2018) - By Eric Lindsay, Social Connectedness Fellow

As the world's population continues to age, an increasing number of older persons are becoming socially isolated. With this concern, co-housing has emerged as a possible solution to foster inclusion, connectedness and community. Learn more about this growing, global initiative.

The Stigmatization Behind Sex Work (5/4/2018) - By Paul Berthe, Social Connectedness Fellow

The stigmatization of sex work permeates all facets of society resulting in various human rights violations and social isolation. Read more about the systemic structures surrounding sex workers and how you can help foster understanding of and social connectedness for this community.

Re-thinking Sexual Violence on Campus (5/2/2018) - By Madeleine Andrew-Gee, Social Connectedness Fellow

In the era of #MeToo, growing awareness of long-ignored injustices is being transformed into concrete solutions. Read more about Columbia University's SHIFT Project looking to understand and combat factors of sexual violence on post secondary campuses.

Healing and Awareness: What Do Genocide Survivors Have in Common? (4/27/2018) - By Ana Sofia Hibon and Kim Boucher Morin, Social Connectedness Fellows
On April 3rd, a group of Rwandan undergraduate students convened a panel discussion on healing in the aftermath of genocide. Learn more about the insights shared from different Canadian communities of genocide survivors.
#MyClimateHero (4/23/2018) - In honour of Earth Day 2018, Amplifier has released an amazing new series of artworks, entitled #MyClimateHero, including a heroic illustration of our partner Dr. Angel Hsu! #MyClimateHero tells the story of modern climate leaders like Angel, building unprecedented cooperation, driving action, and creating space for those most impacted to share their knowledge and perspectives. 

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Ongoing Dialogue

Through ongoing effort, events and dialogue, this network continues its commitment to further ‎understanding of social isolation, to gain insight, and to confirm actions required to support and achieve social connectedness as a key to individual and community well-being.