Eli Ridder | Report

Emerge is holding two events on Tuesday, with the first one focused on mental health and eliminating the stigma associated with it and  the second focused on how the digital world can bring about social justice.

The events are part of the fourth year multidisciplinary project known as Emerge. ConNext was the first scheduled event on the Emerge calendar this past week, and concludes with a media awards ceremony in April.


‘Above the Stigma’

Five speakers will take to the microphone at what organizers say will be an event focused on the “goal to educate post-secondary students about the importance of prioritizing your mental health”.

With the many stresses of school, work, social life and employment, the organizers say “it’s no wonder [one] in every [four] post-secondary students identify as suffering from a mental health struggle”.

They note that often physical health is put above mental health, asking “why does society look at taking care of your mental health differently than your physical health?” — the “answer is stigma”, organizers say.

Emerge Above the Stigma looks to bring awareness to post-secondary students about prioritizing mental health as they transition into competitive workforce across all sectors.

The speakers give attendees an opportunity to “hear about the experiences of young working professionals and the role mental health played in their journey in obtaining a successful career path.”

The event is pay-what-you-can with all proceeds sent to the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and takes place with doors opening at 2:45 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Centre for Urban Ecology in the North Campus Arboretum.

Tickets are available via the Emerge Eventbrite.


‘Media to Justice’

Three speakers are making up the second event, Through Media to Justice, and all donation will go to the Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic — though the event is free for students to attend.

“Explore social media’s role in helping achieve justice through hashtag activism by challenging the social norms that have enabled and normalized the oppression of minority groups for decades,” the event page says.

Holly Jarrett, founder of the prominent “#AmINext” social media campaign that pushed the government to take action on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls will take the microphone.

Also on the line-up is Amnesty International digital activism coordinator Danielle Barreto. Jarrett and Barreto will talk about they “create real change and achieve justice in their communities simply by means of social media.”

Humber College’s Jennifer Flood will discuss sexual violence and prevention in the “#MeToo” and “#TimesUp” era that has seen Hollywood powerhouses and politicians across party lines openly accused of sexual harassment and assault.

Flood invites attendees to “discover the power of a hashtag”.

The event starts at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. in the K-B Seventh Semester Room in North Campus. Those interested can get tickets for free via the Emerge Eventbrite.


Image of Humber College from files.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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