ACAM Dialogues: Policing Wellness in the University

This virtual event will be hosted from the unceded, ancestral, and occupied territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. Conversations about wellness, universities, and policing are inherently tied to those about settler colonial violence on Indigenous peoples and territories. We would like to acknowledge this, as a program framed around Asian diasporic and Asian Canadian experiences, which are implicated in settler colonialism. As this is a virtual event, we may all be based on different Indigenous territories. To learn more about where you are situated, visit

When: Wednesday, July 29th, 5:00-6:30pm

Where: (Link TBA)

*Registration for this event is now closed*

How do we talk about the ways in which mental health and wellness are impacted by injustice and state violence in the university? On Wed. July 29th @ 5-6:30pm, join us for a virtual dialogue event where we invite you to discuss how we reckon with the ways in which mental health and wellness cultures are often policed–in the sense of both literal police involvement and stigmas around mental health that punish those who experience mental health struggles, placing the onus on individuals to transform social injustices impacting our mental health. 

As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues, public conversations around mental health and wellness continue shifting to reflect our rapidly changing circumstances. Black, Indigenous, and people of colour continue to highlight the global inequities that impact access to resources and care, such as marginalization based on race, gender, sexuality, disability, and class.

Meanwhile, the recent murders of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, Chantel Moore, D’Andre Campbell, and Ejaz Ahmed Choudry during “wellness checks” conducted by the police have highlighted the ways in which current responses to mental health concerns can often be traumatizing or fatal for Black, Indigenous, and people of colour. Institutions such as universities have been challenged to critically rethink how or whether they are able to respond to calls for justice, change, and community healing.

We invite you to share your thoughts and connect with others over these evolving questions.

Note: While this event is free and open to all, we invite you to be mindful of what it means to share space during a student-focused conversation that centres the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and people of colour.


*** Accessibility ***

  • This event will take place on, a video conferencing platform. No Zoom account is required to access the event, but participants will need to have access to on desktop or browser.
  • This event requires a working WiFi connection and may not be suitable for those with EMS (electromagnetic sensitivity).
  • During this event, sharing your video/audio is optional. Responses can be shared via video, audio, text, or a combination. Staff members will be available to monitor typed responses in the chat box.
  • While there will not be an active listener, you can contact the program or any staff member for links to UBC mental health resources and phone lines. Please note that we are not trained to support with counselling, mental health emergencies, or crises.

*** Safety & Privacy ***

  • This event will not be recorded in any way. We ask participants to respect others’ privacy by refraining from recording any part of the event (e.g. via video, screen record, photography, screenshotting, etc) unless consent is requested and expressly given.
  • We do not use the attention-tracking feature on Zoom.
  • Only registered participants will receive the Zoom link, which we will send with a password prior to the event.


This event is a continuation of the ACAM Dialogues: Mental Health in Asian Canadian Communities. We recognize that difficult discussions may arise, and the impact may be uneven. We invite all students, staff, and faculty to attend, while being mindful of what it means to engage in a space of respectful and conscientious dialogue that centres the experiences of students who are Black, Indigenous, and people of colour.

* If you have questions or accessibility needs not listed here, please contact by Sat. July 25th. *