Co-creating Change for Students’ Mental Health Through Listening, Learning and Inspiring
Date & Time
Thursday, August 12, 2021, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Universities increasingly recognize the importance of fostering equity-informed student consultation in higher education and have made commitments to support student mental health through programming and services. A key part of assessing the efficacy of supports is gathering feedback through student consultation. What makes student consultation meaningful and engaging for students so that they feel heard and included in the design and change at their universities? The Innovation Hub is a student-led initiative at the University of Toronto that uses design thinking for student consultation and supporting assessment at the University of Toronto. This presentation will focus on equity-based frameworks and how ‘listening, learning and inspiring’ with students can begin a process of co-creating future possibilities in the design of mental health services and programs for students. Participants will learn about new approaches to support students and collaborate on how these values can come to life in their unique contexts.

Learning Objective 1:
Participants will learn why ‘listening, learning, and inspiring’ are valuable components when designing with students through teachings on our processes & equity-centered design thinking practices.
Learning Objective 2:
Participants will be able to locate the importance of empathy in research, consultation, and service design with students within the framework of design thinking through virtual activities and discussions that foster empathetic mindsets.
Learning Objective 3:
Through the first two objectives, participants will experience the importance of meaningful student consultation & feedback for changemaking by sharing examples and learning moments from our work.
Service or Program Delivery
Session Type
Virtual Session Link