Intentional, Actionable Steps Towards Well-being

January 17, 2023
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

You may attend virtually via MS Teams or attend in person in Room B400, lower level of the Killam Library (masks are welcome). Either way, please register here.

Our shared human experience during the pandemic has once again brought discussions about well-being to the forefront, and have led to several considerations and accommodations in our workplaces that we may not have seen before. While such considerations in our places of work help reduce the impact of every day work stresses on our ability to be well and perform our duties effectively, our individual/personal well-being goes much beyond the workshops we may attend, the videos we may watch, or reading/viewing the content by social media wellness advocates who we may follow. It begins within each of us, with reflection.

In this session, we will begin with a discussion of well-being and explore some intentional and actionable steps that we can take in our daily personal and professional lives which could help create our own foundation of well-being. We will explore the mental health continuum, the close relationship between mental and physical health, and ways to prioritize our well-being in everything we do. In other words, think about this as a starting point to operationalize your self-care.

Remember, if we take care of ourselves, we are able to better care for others who depend on us.

Our Presenter: Dr. Raghav V. Sampangi (he/him) is currently based in K'jipuktuk (Halifax) within the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq known as Mi'kma'ki. He is a Senior Instructor at the Faculty of Computer Science and a Faculty Associate at the Dalhousie Centre for Learning and Teaching. His interests include topics in teaching and learning including well-being, engagement, equity, inclusion and accessibility, and aspects of usable security and privacy in web/mobile computing. He is a 3C (Cultural Competence in Computing) Fellow at Duke University.

Raghav is an active advocate for mental health and well-being, and inclusion, in academia. In this regard, he works closely with global advocacy groups - PhD Balance (focused on graduate student mental health and well-being) and Dragonfly Mental Health (focused on faculty mental health and well-being). He serves on the Wellness Committee at the Faculty of Computer Science, through which he led the development of a people-centric protocol to support employees experiencing trauma. Raghav also serves on the Dalhousie steering group that is working on implementing community-based supports for well-being on campus for students, faculty and staff. He is a founding member of a new advocacy group called READI that focuses on aspects of inclusion and wellness at Dalhousie University.