Michael Lee - University of British Columbia
Matthew Smithdeal - University of British Columbia
Tala Maragha - University of British Columbia
Graduate supervision profoundly impacts graduate student and faculty mental health and wellbeing yet is likely the most complex and subtle under-researched form of teaching in which faculty engage. The challenges and tensions that arise within these relationships are further complicated by equity and inclusion related barriers that graduate students and faculty from marginalized communities face within academia. The experience of these barriers may uniquely impact how students and faculty alike approach and conceive of their roles within a supervisory relationship. This session will present a novel approach to using Research-based Theatre in combination with facilitated small group discussion to increase awareness of the impact graduate supervisory relationships have on graduate student and faculty wellbeing. Particular attention will be paid to opportunities for deploying this resource at an institutional level to generate upstream changes that improve the nature of these relationships and alleviate possible negative impacts on wellbeing and mental health.