On October 15th and 16th in Montreal, the Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness hosted a workshop on “Supporting the Whole Student”.
The gathering included a diverse group of thought leaders and changemakers to address the challenges facing youth during post-secondary education. The entire workshop was driven by youth and leaders in the fields of mental health, student engagement, empathy, social and emotional learning, Indigenous education, and more.
The sessions included:
1. Fostering inclusion and connectedness in the classroom;
2. Advancing holistic approaches to support students on campus;
3. Implementing community-wide strategies to mental health and well-being;
4. Ensuring accessibility for all, particularly for people with intellectual disabilities;
5. Exploring the benefits of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL);
6. Building bridges between students and their surrounding communities; and
7. Empowering youth to transform ideas into action.
While this was a closed event, SCSC produced an outcome report, which compiles the strategies, recommendations and ideas devised over the two days. This document serves as a blueprint for any actor to take these learnings forward in their community.