Community Social Work Team

Days of Action

The Community Social Work Team works with partners from across campus on "Days of Action", providing information, engaging in discussion, and challenging stigma at the University of Alberta.

World Hello Day is observed internationally on November 21

Saying "Hello" to a classmate, colleague, friend, or an acquaintance is an important step in building and enjoying relationships. This gesture, though seemingly small, can also contribute to your ability to support yourself and others in feeling connected to a community.

World Hello Day——now observed in 180 countries—developed in 1973 as a response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel. In using communication instead of force as a tool to promote peace, this day encourages each of us to say “hello” to ten people, be it an old friend or someone new. Extending a greeting is also one of the steps we can take to create and build social connections with others.

Using communication instead of force as a tool to promote peace, World Hello Day encourages each of us to say hello to ten people, be it an old friend or someone new.

Take a moment today to greet or say "hi: to someone you don’t know:

  • Offer a compliment: “I really like your jacket!”
  • Bring up a shared experience: “Did you watch the news last night?”
  • Talk about the weather: “Did you get a chance to enjoy the sunshine this weekend?”
  • Mention a mutual acquaintance: “I work with Janet! How do you know her?”
  • Extend an act of kindness: Open the door for someone.

Ways to connect

Everyone benefits from a campus culture that is welcoming and inclusive, but we know that building social connections can also be difficult for a variety of reasons. For example, social anxiety or shyness, language barriers, and finances may be challenges you experience when trying to connect with others.

Some of the following campus and community resources might help you to overcome these barriers:

North Campus

Community

Stories from Our Community

As part of World Hello Day, the Days of Action (DoA) Committee want to hear how you have felt welcomed at UAlberta, how you have extended your experience of inclusion to others, and ways you believe could help you feel more welcomed on campus. All UAlberta community members are welcome to submit a 60-second mobile video highlighting their experience. 

If you are interested in participating, please review the following details:

Please note that videos will be filmed prior to Wednesday, November 13, 2019. The DoA committee members will review the short mobile clips before publishing them across social media platforms between November 18–22, 2019. For more information, contact Chantal Labonté at gsa.vpstudentservices@ualberta.ca or Heather Ritz at hritz@ualberta.ca