Programs, Training Sessions & Events
Wellness and Equity Education offers a variety of programs, training sessions and events to help students thrive. Check back often to see what's happening and to see how you can get involved!
Graduate Wellness Workshops
SOGS and Wellness and Equity Education have partnered to provide wellness workshops designed specifically for graduate students. The next series of workshops will be offered in Fall 2021.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) education and training sessions aim to create space and opportunity for conversation, learning and exchange. Most of our educational programs are interactive and synchronous (live sessions). Other sessions are available asynchronously upon request.
Community of Care Sessions
In a time where we have been engaging with each other and the world in online spaces, many of our Black and racialized students have been impacted and burdened by the repetitive exposure to racial trauma. With this in mind, we are holding space for Black and racialized students to develop coping and wellness strategies that you can use to support yourselves and each other, as you navigate online spaces and manage your wellbeing.
May 20, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Please note that this is not a counselling group.
For those students who would like to access counselling support, you can do so by booking a 1:1 appointment with Western Health & Wellness. Students who identify as Black or Person of Colour and are seeking a safe space to talk, can request to speak with counsellors who are themselves persons of these communities with lived experience. Please call 519-661-3030 to book an appointment.
Have you been thinking about the current sociopolitical climate lately? Do you have some questions running around in the back of your head that you'd like to have answered? Or do you want to know more about the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Education Coordinator's role? Don't worry, we've got you covered!
We are now offering virtual drop-in sessions every Thursday from 1-2 PM.
The EDI Education Coordinator will be available to answer any of your questions, help you brainstorm programming ideas and action plans, or simply have a conversation with you during these virtual drop-in sessions. You can access the drop-in session by clicking here.
If you are interested in organizing one of the following training sessions for your student group, submit a Request for EDI Training form
. Submitted requests are reviewed every two weeks by the EDI Education Coordinator. Please note: training sessions are available Monday-Friday (day or evening).
If this is an urgent request, please submit this form and follow-up via firstname.lastname@example.org
This Bias Training is designed to help self-expose our individual unconscious biases, confirmation biases, and perceptions that are directly tied to micro-aggressions. This training will provide tools to adjust automatic patterns of thinking and ultimately work towards eliminating internal discriminatory behaviours.
This ally-ship training positions people of all identities to successfully undertake allyship at home, in student leadership roles, in social settings, and beyond. By highlighting the stakes of ally-ship, as well as practical tools to achieve it, this training will empower everyone to practice ally-ship as a means of fostering healthy and inclusive environments for all.
This training explores the historical roots of racism and helps you understand the impacts of racism on an individual, institutional, and societal level. This training will provide everyone with tools for dealing with racism while examining how we continue to contribute toward systemic racism across the different aspects of our lives. This training session will encourage you to build upon your existing experiences and knowledge, and find personal and professional applications in your various roles as a student, student leader, or student staff member.
This training allows students to understand power, privilege, and various forms of oppression while defining the diversity of our campus. The goal of this training session is to bring students to a place of recognizing the difference between equality and equity at an institutional and individual level while also recognizing what privilege looks like, feels like, and its impact on individuals and groups of people, in the Canadian context.
This training focuses on several aspects of identity (such as race, class, religion, and gender) as tools of analysis while exploring how people can simultaneously navigate social spaces with both dominant and oppressed identities. The goal is to encourage students to think through how we can build solidarity with others through understanding the complexity of multiple and intersecting social identities held by ourselves and others. This training is designed with the assumption that participants have a foundational understanding of power, privilege, and identity.
Gender-Based and Sexual Violence
To reshape a culture that normalizes and perpetuates gender-based violence, our education and training is approached from an intersectional, sex-positive, evidence-informed, contextual, and collaborative point of view. Find out how we can help you by exploring the educational programs and training below.
ReShape Series Winter 2021
As part of Madame Gandhi’s mission towards gender equality, this presentation addresses consent, sex positivity, creating safe spaces, and how we can all work together to shift the culture.
What does it mean to reclaim pleasure? Join educator and advocate Farrah Khan for an interactive workshop and learn to identify what pleasure can look and feel like in our bodies, minds, and spirits.
When we think of a flavor, what comes to mind is usually its distinctive qualities: the singular “coffeeness” of coffee. That is, a mix of tastes, aromas, mouthfeel, and temperature. But that’s really only half the equation. The other is how that coffee makes you feel. You sip it not just to fill your stomach, or even to wake up, but to get a little pleasure and satisfaction. Pleasure is what animates eating and drinking and makes them truly gratifying.
Check out these short videos developed by Bal Arneson, highlighting the multisensory experiences of using spices and other ingredients in cooking to increase sensations of pleasure.
Examples of bad digital consent practices are all around us, from shady data collection practices to revenge porn. So, what can we do about it? Join us to learn about good digital consent and explore what it means to have consensual, respectful, and pleasurable encounters in online spaces.