WE Care Professors

About the program

We envision a faculty where every student who goes to an instructor for help feels heard, and where instructors always provide the right level of support.

About Program members

WE (Wellness in Engineering) Care members care deeply about student well-being. Members are a part of a network of instructors who are prepared to listen to student concerns and direct them to appropriate campus or community services if needed. And when they don't know how to best help a student, other instructors and the Engineering Wellness team are there to help them.

Click here for a list of instructors helping to pilot this work.

Not a crisis or counselling service

WE Care members are great at many things, but are not trained to respond to crisis or provide professional services—outside of their teaching, of course!

If you are in need of immediate support, please call the 24-hour Distress Line at 780-482-4357. If you are concerned about the safety of a University of Alberta student, staff member, or professor, please contact Helping Individuals at Risk (HIAR) with detailed information about any observable behaviour that raised concerns.

In an emergency or when you or someone you know is at risk of imminent harm, call 911.

How it works

WE Care members have been identified by students as instructors who are already great at helping students. Still, sometimes students have serious or complex problems that come up in conversations with their instructor, or they don't know who else to ask for help. WE Care Professors and the Engineering Wellness team work together to support and learn from each other about how to best help students.

There's no new process for students. But if a participating instructor is teaching one of your courses and you go to them for help, you can rest assured they'll do their best to listen to you and refer you to an appropriate service, if needed.