Resources Archive

Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on life and learning experiences of indigenous and non-Indigenous university and college students in Ontario, Canada: a qualitative study

May 8, 2023

The Cost of COVID is a mixed methods study exploring the social and emotional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on families, youth, and urban Indigenous People. The present analysis was completed using a subset of qualitative data including micronarrative stories from students in college and university, as well as in-depth interviews from service providers providing services to students.

Scoping Review of Campus-Based Animal-Assisted Interactions A Scoping Review of Campus-Based Animal-Assisted Interactions Programs for College Student Mental Health

May 8, 2023

This scoping review aimed to investigate the outcomes of animal-assisted therapy for college students. Among the 37 publications that met the study's eligibility criteria, results suggested that there are statistically significant positive changes to college students' mental health as a result of these animal-assisted therapies.

An Intersectional Analysis of Chinese International Students’ Experiences in Postsecondary Institutions in British Columbia

May 8, 2023

While there is currently a lack of exploratory studies on international students’ (IS) experiences of challenges in their host institutions, little research has examined their experiences from sociocultural context-based standpoints. This study fills this gap by examining the daily lived experiences of Chinese postsecondary IS in BC through the lens of intersectionality.

Mind the gap: Person-centred delivery of mental health information to post-secondary students

May 8, 2023

In this study from Ottawa, ON, first year post-secondary students completed a survey determining their mental health knowledge. Almost half of the postsecondary youth participants, particularly males, had difficulty recognizing common mental illnesses, such as anxiety, eating disorders, and psychosis.

Cultivating Trauma-Informed Spaces in Education: Promising Practices Manual

February 15, 2023

Cultivating Trauma-Informed Spaces in Education Promising Practices Manual is an outcome of a Sheridan Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activities Growth Grant. The project goal was to develop proactive measures to enhance student support, and safer learning experiences, and reduce trauma, re-traumatization, and vicarious trauma. The Manual is intended to support increased awareness of trauma and the importance of Trauma-Informed Education in post-secondary education. It includes a framework, including macro, mezzo, and micro level organizational recommendations and pedagogical practices. It is a tool to support educators and educational institutions, through a preventative and harm-reducing approach, to support more compassionate, supportive, equitable and flexible learning spaces and workplaces.

Dismantling Anti-Black Racism Strategy (2023-2026)

Toronto's Infant, Child, and Youth Mental Health Sector

February 14, 2023

Infant, child, and youth mental health agencies in the city of Toronto have formed a task force to develop a multi-year strategy to address anti-Black racism in the sector. The goal of the project is to ensure that the sector honours its promise to end anti-Black racism and provide culturally responsive programs and services which help Black infants, children, and youth thrive. The Anti-Black Racism Task Force is comprised of staff from a cross-section of agencies in Toronto. 

Visualizing queer spaces: LGBTQ students and the traditionally heterogendered institution

December 6, 2022

This study explores how LGBTQ college students experience campus climate at a Midwest Urban Public institution, through a framework of the traditionally heterogendered institution (THI).

Trans University Students’ Access to Facilities: The Limits of Accommodation

December 6, 2022

This article examines the results of a survey of 54 trans students in two major universities in Ontario in order to evaluate participants' access to on-campus facilities.

Social support, discrimination, and Self-Esteem in LGBTQ + high school and Post-Secondary students

December 6, 2022

This article draws on data from the OutLook Study in Waterloo Region, Ontario, and examines discrimination and social support among high school and post-secondary students.

Depression and Attempted Suicide among LGBTQ College Students: Fostering Resilience to the Effects of Heterosexism and Cisgenderism on Campus

December 6, 2022

This study investigates a national sample of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and trans students to determine the association between mental health and microaggressions, victimization, psychological resilience, pride, and outness.