McLaughlin College Lunch Talks Series dishes advice on coping with COVID-19

Shaila Khan
Shaila Khan

McLaughlin College invites the York University community to come and listen to interesting speakers as they share their knowledge on a variety of topics during the popular Lunch Talks Series. The long-running series continues this year in a virtual format via Zoom.

Students who attend six or more Lunch Talks throughout the year will receive a Certificate of Participation, while those who attend 10 or more will receive a Certificate of Honour.

The series will continue on Sept. 30 with a talk titled “Coping with Covid: Key to Academic Success: Health, Wellness and Well-being,” presented by Shaila Khan, a health educator and training specialist at Student Community & Leadership Development.

Transitioning from an in-person university experience to remote learning during a pandemic is a new challenge that both students, staff and faculty could not have anticipated. This new configuration has impacts on the way students form friendships, establish connections to their teaching staff as well as the motivation to study. This workshop provides a high-level overview of how mental health and well-being is interconnected to student success. Students will gain new ideas on how they can support their wellness, which is a foundation to their personal and academic success. Academic wellness can enable students to secure better grades or access new opportunities to build their careers during their time at York. Additionally, the workshop provides an overview of key campus services that can support students during this transition.

Khan has passionate group of peer health educators who are student leaders that deliver workshops and provide peer-centered support on various health topics from a non-judgmental and harm-reduction framework. She has recently completed her master’s in dance from York. She is concurrently training as a dance movement psychotherapist (DMT) through the National Centre for Dance Therapy in Montreal. Her work focuses on movement for trauma regulation. She offers mindful movement classes for York students.

Those interested in attending the event, which will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m, can register here: