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Healthy Campus Community

March 31, 2022: The 2021 Healthy Campus Community Champions have been announced! Congrats to Build SFU Project and Dr. Isabelle Côté.

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Let's build a campus that fosters well-being

A Healthy Campus Community is one where the people, processes, and spaces contribute to well-being and success for all. It's in the words spoken, decisions made, actions taken, and culture and systems created.

The story behind Healthy Campus Community

SFU’s Healthy Campus Community Initiative is an award winning initiative that has been internationally recognized for leadership in advancing systemic health promotion within a university context. Planning for the initiative began in 2010, and the first iteration of the initiative was launched in 2011 with the intention of taking a systemic, campus-wide approach to create conditions that enhance health and well-being. The initiative is based on the World Health Organization (WHO) Healthy University Framework which involves working collaboratively to create campus environments that positively influence the health and well-being of students, staff and faculty. Read more

Area for Action

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    Thriving in Graduate School

    Graduate students have various academic and research demands, in addition to other life commitments. Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Tutor Markers (TMs) also have a unique university experience as they juggle life as both a student and a teacher.



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    Well-being in Learning Environments

    Faculty members and instructional staff across SFU are developing resources to foster well-being in learning environments. These resources include in-class activities, teaching practices, content to share with students, and much more.



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    Well-being Through Physical Spaces

    Well-designed spaces have the ability to positively impact mood, social connectedness, and learning. We work with a variety of partners to enhance the physical spaces on campus to support well-being.



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    Well-being in policy & academic settings

    Academic departments and faculties strongly influence students’ experiences at university and provide a core setting for enhancing student well-being.



Explore the newly added resources for well-being

Faculty members and instructional staff across SFU are developing resources to foster well-being in learning environments. These resources include in-class activities, teaching practices, content to share with students, and much more.

 

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    LGBTQIA2S+ Resources

    This is intended to be a draft/work-in-progress list of resources to support SFU FHS faculty in creating a safer and more inclusive university environment for trans, gender non-binary, and other gender diverse students, research participants, staff, faculty, and other community stakeholders. Please send updates, additions, and feedback to travis_salway@sfu.ca and pardiles@sfu.ca. Resources compiled at/after discussion at FC, January 16, 2020.



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    10 Ways to Embed Well-being into Remote Learning Environments

    Remote learning environments come with their unique challenges. Creating conditions for our well-being will help us be resilient while we navigate these challenging situations. In a post-secondary institution, the learning environment is a central and crucial setting for creating a healthy campus community. Student health and well-being is a key predictor for student learning, success, and retention.



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    Class Check In Activity

    To promote social connection between students, try facilitating these quick class check-in activities at the beginning of the hour.



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    Recognizing & Referring Students in Difficulty

    Learn more about how to support students in difficulty, referrals to resources, and tips for taking care of yourself. This is a companion document for faculty, instructors, staff, and TA/TMs to the SFU Supporting Students in Distress Response Guide.



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    Mindfulness Meditation Practice

    Taking a moment to pause and breathe can help students relax, de-stress, be present, and feel more grounded. Consider sharing self-guided mindfulness resources or schedule them as part of your classes, lectures, seminars, labs, tutorials, etc. Explore these resources, audio/video recordings and downloadable apps.



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    Involvement Opportunities

    Let your students know about ways they can get involved at SFU, such as SFU's Peer Education programs, Passport to Leadership, Peer Mentorship and more. These opportunities help students develop new skills, gain confidence, learn about leadership and how to prepare for the workforce, and build their social connections, all of which impact their overall well-being.



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    8 Ways to Build Resilience

    This series of videos, presented by the Health Peers, is based on Health Promotion content found in Bouncing Forward Resilience Course. Students can learn about the 6 building blocks of cultivating resilience and follow along with the activities demonstrated in each of the videos. Consider sharing these with students or schedule them as part of your classes, lectures, seminars, labs, tutorials, etc.



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    Make Space

    Maintaining our overall well-being is key to maintaining a supportive learning and working environment at SFU – whether you’re a student, staff, or faculty member. SPACE is an easy-to-remember acronym that outlines five evidence-based areas to support your own, your peers’, or your colleague’s mental health.



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    Stretch Break

    Use these stretching techniques (see PowerPoint slides) during a class break to help students relax and feel their best.