Presidential & Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health Outreach and Engagement Plan

Overview


On May 31, 2019, President Gertler and Provost Regehr announced the membership of the Presidential & Provostial Task Force on Student Mental Health. Chaired by Professor Trevor Young, the Task Force on Student Mental Health will advise the President and Provost on recommendations regarding the University’s commitment to creating an environment at U of T that enables all students – including those experiencing mental illness – to thrive.

The Task Force will review existing services and programs related to student mental health and explore potential new solutions in this area. To undertake this work, the Task Force will conduct a series of outreach and engagement activities across U of T’s three campuses during the summer and fall months. Opportunities to participate will include online feedback forms, open meetings on each of the three campuses, and smaller targeted group sessions. During these outreach and engagement opportunities, students, staff, and faculty will be invited to provide feedback related to the topics outlined in the mandate of the Task Force. The Task Force’s Terms of Reference are available on the Provost’s website.

We have developed an initial online form to allow for community feedback on the proposed outreach and engagement plan for the Task Force. The Task Force will continue to receive comments and suggestions on the draft plan until June 21 and welcomes participation from all interested U of T community members. Please see below for details on how to provide feedback on this plan.

Draft Outreach & Engagement Plan


The table below shows the Task Force’s Draft Outreach and Engagement Plan, outlining the major consultation steps being organized to invite participation and receive community input.

Please read this draft plan carefully and provide feedback via the online form available below by June 21.

Date/TimingItems
OngoingWebpage – Task Force page launched on Provost’s website in April 2019
 
OngoingConnecting with divisional Mental Health working groups
OngoingDiscussions with individuals and student groups who have requested meetings
OngoingMeetings with community organizations and partners
OngoingMeetings with Representative Student Committees (APUS, UTSU, GSU, SCSU, and UTMSU)
July – September 2019Phase 1: Open online consultation form inviting input from all U of T community members on key questions
July/August 2019First Nations House, Elders’ Circle, and SAGE U of T
July/August 2019Equity Officers on all three campuses
July/August 2019Student Crisis Response & Student Progress and Support Team
July/August 2019Accessibility Services staff on all three campuses
July/August 2019Health & Wellness / Health & Counseling staff on all three campuses
July/August St. George Deans of students
July/AugustRegistrars on all three campuses
July/August 2019Meeting with UTM senior leadership & administration
July/August 2019Meeting with UTSC senior leadership & administration
July/August 2019Meeting with St. George Student Life senior administrators
Summer/Fall 2019Meeting with School of Graduate Studies (SGS) and senior graduate administrators
Summer/Fall 2019Council of Graduate Deans
Summer/Fall 2019St. George College Society Student Leaders
Summer/Fall 2019Divisional Student Societies (1st Entry; 2nd Entry – e.g. law, pharmacy, medicine; and Graduate)
Fall 2019 Provost’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Group (PUSAG)
Fall 2019SGS Dean’s Graduate Student Advisory Committee
Fall 2019International Student Experience Advisory Committee (ISEAC)
September 2019 In-person Consultations at UTM (Campus visit with separate time slots for group sessions with students, staff, and faculty respectively)
September 2019 In-person Consultations at UTSC (Campus visit with separate time slots for group sessions with students, staff, and faculty respectively)
September 2019 In-person Consultations at St. George (Campus visit with separate time slots for group sessions with students, staff, and faculty respectively)
September 2019Phase 2: Online Consultation – second call for feedback on key questions
September & October 2019Tri-campus focus groups with students
September 2019Principals & Deans (P&D)
October 2019Principals, Deans, Academic Directors & Chairs (PDAD&C)
October 25 – November 15, 2019Phase 3: Online Consultation on draft themes and recommendations

Online Feedback Form


If you wish to provide comments or suggestions on the Task Force’s Draft Outreach & Engagement Plan, please click the link below to access the online form. Feedback will be anonymized before sharing with the Task Force; responders must choose their stakeholder group.