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 and posted a draft Outreach and Engagement Plan inviting all members of the University community to review it and provide feedback (closing June 21, 2019).

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.

Outreach & Engagement Plan


The table below shows the Task Force’s Outreach and Engagement Plan, outlining the major consultation steps being organized to invite participation and receive community input. We will continue to update this as dates are confirmed and if any new items are added.

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 12 – October 15, 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 2019Campus Police 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)
Summer/Fall 2019University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) Executive members
Summer/Fall 2019Scarborough Campus Students’ Union (SCSU) Executive members
Summer/Fall 2019Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students (APUS) Executive members
Summer/Fall 2019 University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) Executive Members
Summer/Fall 2019 University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU)
Fall 2019Tri-campus Residence & Commuter Dons
Fall 2019Social Work & OISE Clinical programs- grad students
Fall 2019 Provost’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Group (PUSAG)
Fall 2019 SGS Dean’s Graduate Student Advisory Committee
Fall 2019 International Student Experience Advisory Committee (ISEAC)
September 2019Task Force booth at UTM O-Week Fair (September 3)
September 2019Task force Booth at UTSC Welcome Day (September 3)
September 2019Task Fore booth at SGS Grad Information Fair (September 3)
September 2019Task for booth at UFest: Street Festival (September 11)
September 2019 Task Force booth at UTSU Street Festival at St. George campus (September 11)
September 2019FAS 2019 Minds Redefined Conference:
• SMH Task Force – undergraduate student feedback session – 2:15pm – 3:30pm
• SMH Task Force – graduate student feedback session – 3:45pm – 5:00pm
(September 17 – see uoft.me/minds-redefined for details).
September 2019Task Force pop-up locations around all three campuses during September (location tbd – examples include: Sid Smith, Bahen Centre, colleges, etc.)
September 2019In-person Consultations at UTSC – Sept 18 (Campus visit with separate time slots for group sessions with students, staff, and faculty respectively – no registration required)
• Faculty: 10:00am – 11:15am
• Students: 11:45m – 1:00pm
• Staff: 1:30pm – 2:45pm
September 2019In-person Consultations at UTM – Sept 19 (Campus visit with separate time slots for group sessions with students, staff, and faculty respectively – no registration required)
• Faculty: 10:00am – 11:15am
• Students: 11:45m – 1:00pm
• Staff: 1:30pm – 2:45pm
September 2019 In-person Consultations at St. George – Sept 24 (Campus visit with separate time slots for group sessions with students, staff, and faculty respectively – no registration required)
• Students: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
• Staff: 2:00pm – 3:15pm
• Faculty: 3:30pm – 4:45pm
September & October 2019 Tri-campus feedback sessions run by the Innovation Hub with students
September 2019Task Force / Innovation Hub Pop-up Booth – Student Session UTSC – Sept. 18, 3:30pm – 4:30pm
September 2019Task Force / Innovation Hub Pop-up Booth – Student Session UTM – Sept. 19, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
September 2019Task Force / Innovation Hub Pop-up Booth – Student Sessions St. George
Sept. 24, 4:00pm – 5:00pm; Sept. 25, 12:00pm – 1:30pm; Sept. 27, 3:00pm – 4:00pm; Sept. 28, 10:00am – 11:30am
September 2019Phase 2: Online Consultation – second call for feedback on key questions
September 2019Principals & Deans (P&D)
October 2019Task Force booth/ pop up at October Wellness events (location tbd)
October 2019Principals, Deans, Academic Directors & Chairs (PDAD&C)
October 25 – November 15, 2019Phase 3: Online Consultation on draft themes and recommendations