Summit Overview

From February 22-25 2021, HM|HC invites campus stakeholders and community partners to attend the 2021 Summit, We Belong to Each Other: Cultivating Campus Communities for Mutual Well-Being. This Summit will be an opportunity for our community of practice to come together once again in our collective pursuit of mental well-being and healthy relationship with substances on post-secondary institutions in British Columbia.

We are mindful of Zoom fatigue so imagine the classic Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses Summit but deconstructed. Join us virtually for a week of Summit events with interactive sessions, thoughtful keynotes, invigorating panels and reflective breakouts. There will be plenty of opportunities for co-learning and collaboration with the hope to build collective momentum to strengthen our campus communities.

Who are our campus communities comprised of?

What are the implications and benefits of mutual well-being?

This year’s Summit will strive to take a deeper look into the above questions as we learn how to come together to build and strengthen our campus communities. From international students to part-time and mature students, from health promotion teams to administrative staff, from disability services to financial services; we all belong to our campuses, and we all can contribute to creating a sense of belonging within our communities.

As COVID-19 has dispersed us from our physical campuses, let’s talk about what it means to care for one another and be responsible to each other as we go about our day-to-day lives – even if it means from one Zoom meeting to another.

How have campus stakeholders – staff, faculty, administration and students – forged partnerships within their post-secondary institution and with outside organizations to strengthen the impact of efforts to enhance well-being? Campus life continues to evolve in light of continued changes due to COVID-19 and over the past few months, we have heard of the rapid virtualization of campus initiatives. Now we would like to come together to learn from each other and further our efforts to promote collective well-being.


The 2021 Summit touches upon three streams that cultivate conversations for mutual well-being in our current reality:

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion on Campus

This stream reflects the richness that fills our campuses. The diversity in cultures, the variety in thought and uniqueness of each campus member. As we learn how COVID-19 has magnified the discrimination and racism faced by our campus members and discover the various barriers encountered by our friends and colleagues, we cannot be collectively well until everyone is well. Before we can dismantle barriers, we must listen to and learn from our community members most affected. In this stream we seek to amplify the voices of community members affected the most and search for solutions that align with EDI principles.

Communities without Borders

Empty campuses do not mean empty communities. As our reality continues to be largely virtual and physically distant, campuses are still fostering social connection and creating a sense of belonging and opportunities for engagement under these circumstances. As campus communities are no longer confined to the physical spaces of campuses, this stream highlights those initiatives and welcomes conversation on the strengths and challenges of building virtual communities.

Response to COVID-19

As we approach the one year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to reflect on the response to COVID-19 and how we have adapted thus far to our new normal. While we have all had to face different realities and experiences, one thing is clear: the pandemic has posed enormous challenges. In light of these challenges, what lessons learned can be of benefit to us moving forward? In this stream we want to highlight efforts in fostering resiliency and creating conditions for well-being for campus members in view of COVID-19.

Call for Proposals

We are inviting all members of the campus community to submit proposals (500 words max.) that will build on the theme of this year’s Summit and/or connect with its three streams:

1. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion on Campus

2. Communities without Borders

3. Response to COVID-19


The 2021 Summit will be held virtually and proposals can take the following formats:

Dialogue Session (90 minutes)

We are looking for proposals that are dialogic and participatory in nature and are hosted by engaging facilitators. The aim of these dialogue sessions is to promote a deeper understanding of one or more of the Summit’s streams and ensure interaction with and among attendees. Facilitators have free rein on how they wish to allocate their time and are encouraged to get creative in order to actively engage attendees and promote dialogue throughout. We strongly recommend making use of Zoom features such as breakout rooms or annotation tools to increase overall engagement.

HM|HC Talks (60 minutes)

These Talks are a new take on the traditional webinar. Stimulus speakers will give a short presentation on a health literacy topic before commencing dialogue with attendees. The aim of HM|HC Talks is to mimic online meetings where attendees not only interact with speakers but also other attendees. Please ensure the proposal includes at least two stimulus speakers with two different contributions/perspectives or include recommendations for additional stimulus speakers who can be invited.

Campus Innovation Talks (15 minutes)

These talks are intended as opportunities for early research, new or early-stage projects, or student projects to be presented to members of the CoP. These talks should highlight new ideas, strategies and innovations around campus life. Talks should factor in 2-3 minutes for Q&A in the 15-minute allocation. Please note that your session will be combined with other campus innovation talks.

Pop-Up Market

What is it? The Pop-Up Market has become a Summit staple! It is a highly energized market-style space where your campus gets the chance to showcase and share resources at the Summit and let others know about your campus-based efforts more broadly. Summit participants will be ‘shopping’ through the marketplace and this is your chance to show them what you have been up to!

Submit a proposal here


Summit Participation

Our Summit cannot be made possible without the dedicated CoP members who participate and volunteer for various roles. We are looking to fill roles such as panelists, student representatives, moderators and much more! If you are interested in being a part of the Summit, please click here



Registration for the Summit is projected to open early December. To stay updated on the 2021 Summit, make sure to follow @HealthyCampuses on Twitter and subscribe to our newsletter.

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