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Community-building initiatives led by Social Work graduate students, with funding from the School of Graduate Studies

Making McMaster Mad(ness) Positive: Learning and Doing Peer Support and Mad Studies and the Elephant in the Room: Racism and Anti-Racism in Hamilton in the 21st Century – the struggles and successes.

Jun 23, 2016

Making McMaster Mad(ness) Positive: Learning and Doing Peer Support and Mad Studies 

This project aims to: (1) enhance community – social and intellectual – among McMaster students who have mental health disabilities; (2) contribute to the broader intellectual community at McMaster by fostering Mad(ness) Studies on campus; and (3) identify and address systemic barriers to inclusion of students with mental health disabilities in McMaster’s social and intellectual community. To do this, we will further develop the social and intellectual community within the Hamilton Mad Students Collective (HMSC), a peer support and advocacy group of and for students with mental health disabilities/self-identified as Mad. New HMSC projects made possible by SPICES funding include the following: (1) peer support certification training through the Mental Health Rights Coalition and Mad School workshops to strengthen Mad students' peer support and advocacy skills; (2) facilitation of structured mental health recovery and wellness education (WRAP - Wellness Recovery Action Plan) self-help groups; and (3) publication of a "zine" that evaluates and theorizes these activities. Contact: Alise at hamilton.mad.students@gmail.com

The Elephant in the Room: Racism and Anti-Racism in Hamilton in the 21st Century – the struggles and successes.

Led by Ismaël Traoré (sociology) and Lisa Watt, this project aims to foster a strong anti-racist and inclusive culture at McMaster through the production of a 20 minute documentary about racism and anti-racism in Hamilton. The documentary will include interviews with anti-racist activists in the community, and we will be recruiting undergraduate students to be involved in the process of producing this documentary, providing them with opportunity to engage in the scholarly community at McMaster, and to conduct scholarship in more creative ways. To know more or to volunteer for this project, please contact Ismael attraoreis@mcmaster.ca or Lisa at wattlh@mcmaster.ca.