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Equity and wellness

Welcome to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Wellness at LMP.

Here you can access resources and learn more about our Wellness, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (WIDE) committee.

The LMP Wellness, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (WIDE) committee is working to provide information, tools, resources that will promote a safe, supportive, and equitable environment for all learners, faculty and staff. Current WIDE activities are designed to help recognize and minimize biases, provide clarity and transparency in expectations and processes, champion inclusion and diversity, become better ally, and promote well-being, individually and collectively.

How to get help

Where and how to get support if you need it

Our committee: WIDE

Find out more about our Wellness, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (WIDE) committee and how to get involved.

Wellness

Our Wellness tip of the week and other resources.

Humans of LMP

Get to know each other: read stories about the people who make LMP what it is.

Your voice

Find out about surveys and how your feedback is making a difference at LMP.

LMP aims to foster academic, scientific, clinical and professional excellence in a thriving environment that is fair, respectful and composed of a broad range of members.

I invite you to learn more about our projects and contact us with questions and suggestions. Let us know if you are interested in joining our WIDE initiatives. We are defining our Term of References for the WIDE Committee and will be sharing them with you shortly. Stay tuned.

We can all be part of the change you want to see in LMP (and beyond)!

I am looking forward to working with you at LMP and WIDE.


Isabelle Aubert, PhD
Professor and Chair of the Wellness, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, LMP

Isabelle Aubert's faculty profile

Wellness tip of the week

January Blues

January often brings feelings of melancholy and dreariness. It’s a far cry from late November and December, when the approaching holiday season provides us with added energy and goodwill.

So why does January feel so ‘blue’?

There are several reasons:

  • the holidays are over, and we are facing another year of hard work and long hours;
  • debts need to be repaid;
  • we tend to eat more and exercise less over the holidays, which can make us feel sluggish; and
  • days are shorter and colder.

We also have COVID to contend with, with rising case numbers, another lockdown, and remote learning for students of all ages.

Also thrown into the mix are continued travel restrictions, which meant that many of us were unable to connect with family as we normally would this time of year.

So, it’s no surprise that in 2021, January might be particularly challenging.

What can we do to fight the January blues? Here’s some general advice and some COVID-specific developments that might help:

  1. Exercise and outdoor activities. Getting outside, exercising and soaking up some sunshine are all beneficial for your wellbeing and mental health. Simply a walk around the block can be beneficial.
  2. Actively gauge and reduce your screen time on all devices. I’ve been surprised that every week since early December, my screen time has increased. My aim is to decrease my nonwork-related screen time in the coming weeks. I’ll keep you posted on my progress!
  3. Do something that brings you joy. Clean one area of your house; read that book you’ve been meaning to finish; start a “January hobby” that you can ditch on the 31st if you want (I’ve started experimenting with a form of poetry called ‘cento’).
  4. COVID developments. Over the coming months, the vaccine will become available to many of us, bringing a greater sense of safety and the first step to increasing social activities and the ability to see family and friends more easily.
  5. Last but not least, the Temerty Faculty of Medicine has prioritized wellness, so an emphasis on your wellbeing will extend well beyond COVID.

I wish everyone a healthy, safe and productive 2021, and encourage you to reach out to friends, colleagues or mentors to share your thoughts and experiences.

Gino Somers

On Behalf of the Wellness, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Committee

Jan 26 Setting the stage: Allyship as a daily practice
Equity and wellness event | 1:00pm–2:00pm
Jan 27 Safe space for race: race and the pandemic
Equity and wellness event | 6:00pm–8:00pm
Feb 8 Black History Symposium: Honoring the Diversity of Black Leaders and Agents of Change
Equity and wellness event | 10:00am–12:00pm
Feb 12 Ninth Floor: Film screening and Q & A
Equity and wellness event | 12:00pm–2:00pm
Mar
12 – 13
Anti-oppression in health care and sciences: a leaner-led virtual symposium
Equity and wellness event | 5:00pm–12:30pm