Helsinki Education Week

Student Wellbeing: A Chance to Co-Create a New Norm

2.11.2020 at 15:00 - 16:00 EET

A unique opportunity for educators and students to come together and co-create the norms centered around student wellbeing. 2020 has been a year of distress for students, teachers & parents alike. While many adults have the tools and techniques to take care of their mental and physical wellbeing, often students are left behind. Their normal day has been disrupted and it is only by listening to them, adults can step into their shoes, empathize and work along with the students to find ways to support them in our current climate.

In this event, we will start with a panel discussion where you will hear students from the Helsinki Youth Council and the HundrED Youth Ambassador network share their experiences of the pandemic, its' impact on their lives and their needs and asks from the adults in their environment. 

Right after, we will jump into a group conversation with students, adults and parents to discuss how we collectively can move forward through an online version of World Cafe. 

The event will be hosted by Dustin Liu, the son of two Taiwanese immigrants who have long fostered in him the belief that individuals can inspire social change - he is thrilled to join an organization that believes in the power of youth to change the world. Dustin’s prior work experiences have been with organizations such as Breakthrough Collaborative and Matriculate in student-facing roles focused on education access as well as with organizations such as the Center for Collaborative Education and Ashoka where he worked to support the professional learning and network activation of educators in both K-12 and post-secondary settings. He is currently serving as the 9th US Youth Observer to the United Nations and works to support IDEAS, an annual social innovation challenge at MIT. In his free time, Dustin is a certified Zumba instructor and loves to share his love for playing the cello in community with others. Dustin holds a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University where he was named a Fulbright Grantee and is currently an Ed.M. candidate at the Harvard Education Graduate School of Education.

The Student Panel will include members of the Helsinki Youth Council and the HundrED Youth Ambassadors community, namely

  • Katja Legeza, member of the Helsinki Youth Council
  • Waleed Rana, member of the Helsinki Youth Council
  • Ruhan Anjan Kartik, Finland Youth Ambassador, HundrED
  • Vrinda Gandhi, India Youth Ambassador, HundrED

For more information, you can contact: 

HundrED lead: Pukhraj Ranjan,

Helsinki City Lead: Heidi Halkilahti, and Kaisa-Maria Rönn, 


Date: 2.11.2020

Time: 15:00 - 16:00 EET

Event type: Dialogue

Target group: Basic Education, Upper secondary school, Teachers, Leaders, Parents, International attendees.


Contact person: Pukhraj Ranjan


Phone number: +358449223854