Upcoming events

    • 27 Sep 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom link to be provided morning of event

    Session Description: Emerging adulthood represents an important developmental window where we see peak onset of a number of mental health conditions. Furthermore, mental health has been shown to have direct impacts on students’ capacity to learn and perform academically. This session will explore empirical research demonstrating that students holding marginalized sociodemographic identities experience languishing mental health at rates 1.6 – 3.4 times greater than their peers, driven by unique systemic barriers and psychosocial stressors impacting marginalized communities. Additionally, differences academic performance among students with marginalized sociodemographic identities were largely statistically explained by disparities in mental health. The session will also explore the influence of adverse childhood experiences on postsecondary student mental health and academic performance during transition to University. As we expand our focus on enhancing student mental health and seek to support rich student learning and development experiences, this session will support participants in critically examining sociocultural and developmental factors influencing disparities in mental health and learning outcomes among postsecondary students, and institutional actions which could begin to address the systemic barriers and mechanisms through which these inequities emerge.


    During this session, Rick will share a range of empirical research, coupled with institutional actions to address findings. Participants are encouraged to review this Blog Post in advance, for a high-level overview of some of the research that will be shared in this session: Link to Blog: https://supportingstudentsuccess.wordpress.com/2021/02/23/mental-health-and-learning-among-students-with-marginalized-sociodemographic-identities/


    Biography: Rick Ezekiel, PhD, (he/him) is the Director of Equitable Learning, Health and Wellness at Centennial College (Toronto, Canada). Rick holds a BA in Psychology and MSc in Neuroscience (Western Univeristy), and PhD in Developmental Psychology and Education (The University of Toronto). At the centre of Rick’s professional and scholarly work is a core passion to enhance the role education can play in promoting equitable lifespan development outcomes for learners within our broader communities and society. Rick’s research areas focus on mental health disparities within marginalized communities, the impact of mental health disparities on learning and academic performance, influences of early childhood adversity on emerging adult mental health, and neurobiological mechanisms subserving the development of attentional control, cognitive control, and self-regulation capacities from childhood to young adulthood. Rick has held several administrative leadership appointments at Western University and Centennial college, and has played a significant role in a number of equity focused initiatives including the development of Western's Indigenous Strategic Plan, Student Mental Health Strategic Plan, and the revitalization of mental health and accessible learning services at Centennial College. Rick is a cisgender, queer man of European (settler) ancestry, respectfully and gratefully doing research and work within the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, in the Dish with One Spoon Treaty Region.

Past events

21 Jul 2021 Learning Leaders Circle
22 Jun 2021 LSAC June eKeynote 2-Hour Summer Special: Cia Verschelden & "The Bandwidth Tax of Uncertainty: How Do We Help Students Recover, Today and Post-COVID?"
17 May 2021 LSAC 2021 National Conference - Connect, Include, Engage, Empower: Reinventing Learning Communities
20 Apr 2021 LSAC April eKeynote: Barbara Oakley, "Inclusive Teaching for Diverse Student Groups"
25 Mar 2021 March LSAC eKeynote: Tim Pychyl, "Seven Common Misperceptions About Procrastination: What they teach us about more successful goal pursuit"
26 Feb 2021 LSAC February eKeynote: Dr. Victoria Surtees, "The hidden rules of school: Unpacking the cultural norms beneath the strategies we teach"
21 Jan 2021 January 2021 LSAC eKeynote: Dr. Janelle Joseph, "Embodied Learning as Equity Intervention and Cognitive Training"
16 Dec 2020 December LSAC eKeynote: Saundra McGuire & "Reach Metacognitive Equity by Teaching Students How to Learn"
16 Nov 2020 November LSAC eKeynote: Leonard Geddes, "Saving Superheroes--Helping Students Discover Their Academic Superpower"
27 Oct 2020 October LSAC eKeynote: Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, "Neuroscience, Neuroplasticity & Learning Difficulties Through a Cognitive Lens"
24 Sep 2020 September LSAC eKeynote: Professor Susan Hillock on "Queering Your Teaching & Advising"
16 Jun 2020 Webinar: Land as Helper: Supporting Student Connection
05 May 2020 Webinar: Skills for Anti-Oppressive Student Advising
31 Mar 2020 Webinar: Your Brain on Learning (aka "Brain Wide Shut")
03 Mar 2020 Webinar: When Cognitive Science Meets Education Research, Evidence-Based Practices in Teaching Emerge
06 Dec 2019 LSAC Eastern Regional Conference 2019
30 May 2019 Post-Conference Session: Mental Health First Aid
27 May 2019 LSAC 2019 National Conference
26 May 2019 Pre-Conference: Gaining Accreditation for Your Tutor Training Program
10 Dec 2018 LSAC Pacific Conference- Breaking Barriers: Serving Diverse Student Populations
07 Dec 2018 LSAC Eastern Regional Conference-New Pathways to Supporting Students: Transforming Academic Learning Support for Changing Times
25 Jun 2018 Webinar: Inspiring Students to Achieve Success: A Shifting Paradigm to Support Student Learning
25 May 2018 LSAC Eastern Regional Roundtable-May 25 2018
25 May 2018 LSAC West 2018: The Winds of Change, Transitions of Students, Staff and Institutions
09 May 2018 LSAC Eastern Regional Round Table
30 Apr 2018 Pacific Region LSAC Conference 2018
28 Mar 2018 Webinar: We Like You! Measuring Success by Social Media
21 Mar 2018 Webinar: Leveraging the Science of Neuroplasticity for Student Success
11 Dec 2017 LSAC 2017 Pacific Region Conference
06 Dec 2017 Webinar: Developing a Diverse Peer Coaching Team
01 Nov 2017 2017 AALL Conference: 21st Century Language and Learning
29 May 2017 LSAC 2017 National Conference
12 May 2017 LSAC 2016 Pacific Regional Conference
10 Apr 2017 2017 ALDinHE Conference: The Learning Development Conference
01 Mar 2017 Webinar: Effective Thinking and Learning: Research Strategies for Improving Student Performance
22 Feb 2017 LSAC Eastern Regional Round Table
08 Feb 2017 Webinar: Promises and Pitfalls of Harnessing Metacognition to Improve Student Learning
01 Feb 2017 ICALLD Online Symposium: Collaboration in a changing environment
18 Jan 2017 Webinar: On noteworthy notes: not all note taking is created equal
30 Nov 2016 2016 ATLAANZ Conference: Build and rebuild: Responding to new Realities
19 Jun 2016 LSAC 2016 Western Regional Conference
17 Jun 2016 LSAC 2016 Atlantic Canada Professional Development Day
13 May 2016 LSAC 2016 Pacific Regional Conference
04 Apr 2016 6th Annual Summit on Education Technology Strategies
23 Mar 2016 Webinar: A Holistic Perspective of Student Success and Links to Practice, Your Role, and Learning Outcomes
27 Jan 2016 ICALLD Inaugural Online Symposium
11 Dec 2015 LSAC Eastern Regional Conference (Toronto)
11 Dec 2015 LSAC Pacific Regional Conference
22 Jun 2015 LSAC Pacific Conference
11 May 2015 LSAC 2015 National Conference
07 Apr 2015 Conference Preview Webinar with Keynote Speaker Leonard Geddes
05 Dec 2014 LSAC Pacific Regional Conference
17 Jun 2014 33rd STLHE Conference
08 Jun 2014 CACUSS 2014
23 May 2014 8th International Conference on Supplemental Instruction
09 May 2014 2014 LSAC Pacific Region Conference
14 Apr 2014 ALDinHE Conference 2014
15 Feb 2014 33rd Annual Conference on The First-Year Experience
06 Dec 2013 LSAC Pacific Regional Conference
06 Dec 2013 LSAC Eastern Regional Conference
06 Nov 2013 46th Annual CRLA Conference
22 May 2013 2013 LSAC National Conference
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