Pathways15: Embedding Wellbeing and Inclusion at Griffith University
Lisa Chiang, Griffith University
This year, although challenging, has presented us with some unique opportunities. As we transitioned to online learning at Griffith University the world has become smaller and we are now able to tap into and communicate with a much wider audience than ever. The need for practices that support wellbeing, inclusion and accessibility has become more urgent and brought into the spotlight as new strategies are needed for this new world.
We have jumped at this opportunity to spread the word on inclusion and inclusive practices through online disability awareness training, involvement in teaching and learning forums, creation of step-by-step accessibility resources and participating in university wide conversations. In continuing to support student and staff wellbeing in this online space we have created short "meaningful minute" mindfulness-based videos. Tips and strategies to support wellbeing and thriving at university were actively communicated to students through multiple channels and an innovative mixed mode Mental Health and Wellbeing Week.
Putting wellbeing and inclusion on the map has also meant that we have been engaging and collaborating with the academic community towards buy-in and embedding these into curriculum. Building academic content that is accessible and inclusive from the ground up for new bachelor’s degrees and explicitly covering content on wellbeing and inclusion in teaching and assessment items. There has also been support from Senior Management with the top-down promotion of an inclusive practice teaching and assessment framework focusing on Equity, Agency and Transparency.
Lisa Chiang is a Senior Disability Advisor with Student Disability and Accessibility and is also a Counsellor with Counselling and Wellbeing both at Griffith University. This year as part of both her roles she has been working towards Embedding Wellbeing and Inclusion. She has experience and education in disability support, counselling, nutrition, lifestyle medicine and training and is passionate about inclusion and wellbeing.