How Alumni Volunteers are Supporting Student Mental Health at the University of Alberta
Chelsea LivingstoneAlumni Relations Student Engagement Coordinator, University of Alberta
Vanessa WelzVolunteer Coordinator, Office of Alumni Relations, University of Alberta
The Alumni Student Support & Engagement Team (ASSET) at the University of Alberta consists of over 30 alumni volunteers who are passionate about supporting students. These volunteers have specialized training in mental health first aid, helping skills, and suicide prevention, and volunteer directly with students to support their mental health and well-being. This presentation will outline how and why we created this volunteer initiative, how we collaborate with other campus support services, what our impact has been, how we responded to the challenges of Covid-19, and our future goals for the program.
- Discover how alumni can support student mental health through volunteering
- Learn how alumni can fill a missing gap in current campus support services and programming
- See how the program adapts to current campus needs