March 3, 2021
Your Good News Bulletin
Centennial receives additional mental health funding
Last Friday, local MPPs Christina Mitas and Vijay Thanigasalam announced that the Ontario government is providing $372,372 to Centennial to increase access to mental health and addiction services for students. The funding will strengthen community partnerships, increase the number of mental health workers and programs, and immediately expand access for students to the provincial mental health and addictions system during the pandemic. This funding is part of Ontario’s $26.25 million investment in mental health supports for postsecondary students in 2020-21. It will support more services for students on campus and virtually, and can also be used to address the needs of vulnerable and diverse groups, such as Indigenous students, LGBTQ students and students with disabilities.
“The effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic have impacted our students' daily lives tremendously and continue to place a strain on their mental health and wellbeing,” says President Craig Stephenson. “At Centennial College, we remain committed to supporting our students' wellbeing and ultimately their academic success by ensuring they have the tools and resources they need to succeed academically and professionally. This investment will strengthen this critical work, and help expand access to high-quality and culturally appropriate mental health and addiction support for our diverse student communities.”
International Women’s Day is March 8
Monday, March 8 marks International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of diverse women. On this day, communities worldwide come together to celebrate women’s achievements, rally for women’s equality and deliver a call to action to promote gender equality globally. Join the Centennial College community in commemorating this day by reading about how the College community is making strides towards gender equality in non-traditional careers – see our feature profiles on the college homepage in the coming days. Our next Conversation for Social Change, Challenging Workplace Norms for Better Roles and Opportunities is hosted by the Office of Development and Alumni Engagement and Career Services this Friday, March 5. Register for Challenging Workplace Norms for Better Roles and Opportunities. Additionally, Another World is Possible: Women Leading Change is hosted by the Centre for Global Citizenship Education and Inclusion on Wednesday, March 10. Register for Another World is Possible: Women Leading Change Panel Discussion.
The Resilient Community: Adapting to a Changing Climate recap
Sustainability at Centennial and Solv. Sector Sessions (SX3) hosted “The Resilient Community: Adapting to a Changing Climate” virtual seminars from February 23 to 25. The series included five sessions examining how we can become resilient to the impacts of climate change through the lens of business, health care, infrastructure and food security. Over the three days more than 185 participants listened and engaged with a strong lineup of experts. Organizers curated a resource guide which we invite you to explore. It highlights ways to reduce our environmental footprint and adapt to a changing environment. We hope you find it useful in the decisions you make in your day-to-day life. If you would like to watch or share any of these sessions, you can access the guide and recordings by visiting The Resilient Community: Adapting to a Changing Climate.
Black and Indigenous Food Sovereignty: A conversation
In concert with Centennial College, UTSC’s Culinaria community in welcoming guest speakers Naya Jones and Tabitha Robin for a discussion about the intersections of Black and Indigenous food sovereignty. Their conversation will shed light on the persistent challenges of the myriad intersections of food and social justice, and what those challenges mean when viewed through critical engagements of culture, embodiment, and the translation between knowledge and practice. Tabitha Robin is a mixed ancestry Cree researcher, educator and writer, and is a PhD candidate at the University of Manitoba, studying Indigenous Food Sovereignty. Naya Jones, PhD is a critical geographer and cultural worker who studies Black geographies of food and healing in North and Latin America using a range of methods. She is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Core Faculty in Global and Community Health at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Hosted in partnership with Centennial, this webinar will take place on Wednesday, March 10, 5 to 6:30 pm. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the webinar link.
Campus users can pick up a treat at Tim Hortons
For those of you who have to work or learn on campus at our Progress, Morningside or Ashtonbee locations, Tim Hortons operator Aramark has a treat for you. During the month of March, you will receive a free cookie with every beverage you buy during “Happy Hour,” which is 8 to 9 am every morning. And note, it has to be a medium or larger beverage to qualify. Please don’t make the trip into campus just for the free cookie, but if you have to be on site, come by and pick up your treat. You deserve it!