The U of G community cares deeply about improving life. Whether it’s on campus or around the globe, Gryphons are known for making the world a better place. That’s why it’s not surprising to learn that a giving circle supported by staff and faculty donors is putting caring into action by funding projects that will benefit our students, the campus and our community.
Students, staff and faculty can pitch their project idea (think Dragons’ Den) and apply for funds to help make it a reality. Following panel judging of many novel ideas, the first finalists in 2020 have been chosen. All projects focus on increasing wellness, support and awareness in the U of G community:
- A post-doc researcher in the Department of Integrative Biology received funds to support programs that will raise awareness of the LGBTQ+ community at U of G, specifically in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Queer in STEM: LGBTQ+ Awareness in the Workplace program will help build an LGBTQ+ professional network at the University.
- A student wellness program called Mind the Gap received funds for research intended to shorten wait times and reduce no-shows for students who want to see a mental health counsellor. This program was pitched by a physician in Student Health Services and supports a growing body of initiatives on campus that focus on mental health and well-being of our students.
- With a plan to decrease stress and improve student well-being, staff members in Student Housing Services won support to build a home-grown therapy dog program at U of G. Students will have more opportunities to reap the therapeutic benefits of time spent with a furry friend.
To learn more about the Gryphons Care program, visit alumni.uoguelph.ca/ gryphons-care.
Richard Horne, BA, President, UGAA, and proud U of G donor
Jason Moreton, BA, Associate Vice-President, Advancement, and proud U of G donor