To say that the last year was an unprecedented one is an understatement.
Loss is the word and the feeling that came up most often in 2020 for many of us – primarily the loss of normalcy. Even though we’ve welcomed a new year, some of us may not be ready to move forward just yet. For others, a new year is exactly what is needed to look forward to what’s ahead. We hope that you were able to get some rest and find a little cheer during the holiday season. Your holiday gatherings probably looked a little different―socially distanced walks outdoors and loud and somewhat chaotic Zoom calls come to mind―but we hope they felt merry and bright nonetheless.
The future may feel uncertain at the moment, but a new year is an opportunity to embrace change and form new ideas of what our futures might look like. As Leonard Cohen said, “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” We wish you all a safe and happy new year filled with light and a successful return to school.
It has been a summer like no other and now we’re facing the impacts of COVID during your first semester back. For some of you, campus life may look a little different this fall. Campus might be your living room, that old never-used office in the basement, or maybe even your bed. For others, campus might feel like finally getting back to normal after a difficult spring. Whatever your situation may be, we want to wish you a successful and exciting year ahead.
Here at Studentcare, we’re coming up with new ways to serve our members in safe a and socially-distanced manner. Sure, we may not have been on campus for orientation, but we’ve adapted to the new normal, as so many others, and switched to an online presence. We’ve done Zoom webinars, hosted online Q&As, joined online frosh weeks, created Health & Dental Plan videos, and we’re are still thinking of ways to better reach students. This year will be a year of change and innovation for everyone no doubt, but we’re up to the challenge. So, let’s get to work and make this the best one yet.
Stay safe and informed,
In response to the recent anti-Black violence and the deep-rooted racism this has exposed both globally and in Canada, Studentcare would like to offer our solidarity and support to all those fighting for racial equality.
Studentcare is an organization formed by students, with students, and for students. We would not be the organization we are today without the innovation, advocacy, and leadership of students of diverse perspectives and experiences. Embracing diversity always has, and always will be, one of our most celebrated core values.
Studentcare denounces all forms of racism and racial bias. We firmly believe that Black lives matter. We believe that we all have a duty to oppose racism in all of its forms. For our students, our clients, and our team members who identify as part of a racialized community, we are here to listen, to support you, and to stand with you.
We recognize and humbly accept our responsibility as partners in student health to promote thoughtful dialogue about how racism has shaped us and the societies we live in and to start challenging racism where we find it. To dismantle racism, we have to do more than just be non-racist—we must strive to become actively anti-racist. The journey to unlearning racism can be uncomfortable. As allies, we can embrace this discomfort as a small step that pales in comparison to the oppression our Black, Indigenous, and marginalized colleagues and students have endured systemically and historically. In this pursuit, we are inspired by the strength and resiliency of these communities.
Below is a collection of Canadian resources to help us learn, share, and, most importantly, act.