Attention Western Students: Western’s Global Health Equity Collective is recruiting

The Global Health Equity Collective is an organization of graduate and undergraduate students who create meaningful research, engagement and personal development opportunities for students of all disciplines at Western University. GHEC’s primary focus revolves around global health, but GHEC also works with the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion (CRHESI) on connecting students with local and community based research related to health equity and social inclusion and has a seat on CRHESI’s Governance Board. GHEC acts as a conduit for social action and public education while gradually developing a network of student organizations interested in global health, ethics and equity through collaborations which include Western International’s Power & Global Health Day as well as Western’s 2020 Indigenous Health Conference: A Journey to Mino Bimaadiziiwin. We are recruiting for a variety of volunteer student leadership positions, with varying degrees of commitment and responsibility.

The application can be accessed at:

Personal support workers are the backbone of health care but the bottom of the power structure

In Personal support workers are the backbone of health care but the bottom of the power structure (originally published in The Conversation), Dr. Bharati Sethi (Assistant Professor, King’s School of Social Work, Western University) writes: “Sadly, it has taken COVID-19 to highlight the significant contribution to our collective well-being made by PSWs and other health-care workers. However, the voices of racialized PSWs remain at the margins of care discourse.”

Learn more: listen to an interview with Dr. Bharati Sethi on 980 CKNW (aired on September 5, 2020)

Webinar: Qualitative Research and Pain

Friday, October 2, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

In this webinar, co-guest editors Dr. Fiona Webster (Associate Professor, Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University) and Perri Tutelman (Clinical Psychology PhD Candidate, Dalhousie University) present the Canadian Journal of Pain Special Issue on Qualitative Research and Pain. The session will provide an overview of the contributions that qualitative methods can offer to pain research and will address three common controversies regarding qualitative research quality. Selected authors will present a sampling of studies published in the Special Issue that demonstrate novel theoretical and methodological advancements in the field.


Dr. Craig Dale (Assistant Professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto)

Dr. Nida Mustafa (Recent PhD graduate from the Social and Behavioural Health Sciences program, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto)

Dr. Sheila O’Keefe-McCarthy (Associate Professor in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, Brock University)

Dr. Francine Toye (Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

Joletta Belton (Writer at and co-founder of the Endless Possibilities Initiative)

Please register for this live, online webinar at

Place Matters Conference 2020

London’s 2nd annual Place Matters Conference explores social constructs of place and community-driven, grassroots placemaking. It is a community-gathering hub to learn about enhancing our urban experiences and create a strong sense of place for all Londoners.

Virtual online conference
Wednesday, September 23 – Sunday, September 27, 2020
More details and registration at

The next City Symposium looks for the end of poverty

Each City Symposium event is situated around one of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. On September 14, the series explores the local relevance and implications of Goal #1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.

Monday, September 14, 2020
6:40 PM – Pre-Symposium Mini-Concert
7:00 PM – Speakers and Presentations

Learn more about the City Symposium format and series.

Free registration for the event is now open at

Speakers include Dr. Abe Oudshoorn (Western’s School of Nursing), Susan Macphail (former director of CMHA’s My Sister’s Place), Amy Rathan (founder of ImpactLondon), Jonathan Rivard (Manager with the City of London’s Homeless Prevention department), and Malvin Wright (community developer). Hosted by Dr. Melanie-Anne Atkins (Western’s Centre for Teaching and Learning).