Thriving Beyond Campuses: A Discussion on the Impact of Mental Bandwidth Depletion on Student Mental Health and Well-Being

This event is part of Thriving Beyond Campuses: Wellbeing in Learning Environments, a dialogue series connecting B.C. Post-Secondary Schools.

For many of our students, the cognitive resources for learning are being diminished by the negative effects of poverty, as well as discrimination and hostility against groups marginalized on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other aspects. Due to the pandemic and social unrest, uncertainty — which is at the core of all bandwidth depletion — is significantly affecting our students’ capacity to learn and our own capacity to do our work and maintain well-being.

Keynote Speaker

Cia Verschelden has recently retired as vice president, academic and student affairs at Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. Before moving to Chicago, she was at different times the executive director of institutional assessment at the University of Central Oklahoma, where she taught first-year sociology, as well as the vice president of academic affairs at Highland Community College in rural Kansas. At Kansas State University, where she was on the faculty for 21 years, she taught social welfare and social policy, women’s studies, and nonviolence studies. Cia has a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Kansas State University, a Master of Social Work from the University of Connecticut, and a Doctor of Education from Harvard University. Her first book, Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization, was published in 2017. Her newest book, Bandwidth Recovery for Schools: Helping Pre-K-12 Students Regain Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Trauma, Racism, and Social Marginalization, is expected in October 2020.

This event is free. To ensure we have an inclusive and welcoming environment for all, we’ve added registration to our online office sessions.

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